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  1. #361
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    Hello!

    The site keeps log me out when I just change a page and I have to log in over and over again. Sometimes it restores the login when I jump to one of the previous pages... I've never experienced something like this before!

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    While trying to move back to edit a reply before posting it, I hit some key combination that sent my computer into shutdown with no appeal. Probably [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[HOME] or something like that, but I can't be sure.
    Happened again! I can't recall exactly what it was, but it involved editing something in quote marks and moving the cursor with [HOME]. This was with the Sea Monkey browser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Happened again! I can't recall exactly what it was, but it involved editing something in quote marks and moving the cursor with [HOME]. This was with the Sea Monkey browser.
    This would be something to ask SeaMonkey. It's probably a bug in their browser. Nothing we could do about it here.

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    Gorbovski,

    When you log on, check the "Remember me" box. It sets a cookie
    which tells CosmoQuest that you are logged on every time you try
    to navigate to a page, whether a second later or months later.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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    Thank you, Jeff. I did it before, but now I see there are two check boxes - I will try them both. I will also try my both providers to see if there's any difference...

    By the way, there's one more thing, if somebody posts a message (a reply to my message for example), how may I know about it while reading a forum? Are there any notifications (pop up or something)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory View Post
    This would be something to ask SeaMonkey. It's probably a bug in their browser. Nothing we could do about it here.
    It could be something entirely different, like the system requiring a shutdown to update, something that happens, say, 30 minutes after logging on, and this was coincidentally the first site I responded to each time.
    I just thought I'd mention it in case it happens to anyone else.

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    There are provisions for notification. I have never used a popup or
    email notification. I just go into "Settings" to see the list of threads
    that I have posted in or subscribed to that have new posts since I
    last visited the last page of the thread. It also lists any new private
    messages to me.

    You can turn email notifications on or off by going to:

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    and select one of the items in the drop-down box.

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    Thank you

    I think I need some time to get used to it

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    On a few occasions I have had a page come up describing itself as "Filestore72.info - your free file hosting" when accessing cosmoquest forum. I have a feeling I have had this a few years ago, but I can't quite remember the detail. I was wondering what it is and if it is malicious in any manner (not that I have clicked on any of the menu options on the page, I close it down and then try again to get cosmoquest, which invariably is successful). I am running Chrome on Windows 7.

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    There is a malware/virus that might fit your description. See https://malwaretips.com/blogs/ads-by-info-removal/
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    Thanks, it could be, it does seem to be giving a sales pitch for an online backup service. But I have only ever had it show up when accessing cosmoquest. I will try running a full scan with my Malwarebytes anti-malwarebytes package.

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    Something very strange is going on here. When I attempt to access cosmoquest forum via a google search, sometimes "something" happens. If I have no real time protection enabled then I sometimes get directed to a "filestore72.info" site (which I have always shut down immediately). If I have my malwarebytes anti-malware realtime protection on, then on those occasions when this "something" happens, the protection blocks the search outcome and I have to try again to get cosmoquest. (I tend not to use bookmarks).

    Try as I may, no other site (those I often frequent) accessed via google search has ever been blocked on my computer - only the cosmoquest forum has ever been blocked by my anti-malware bytes software.

    Now because no one else has mentioned this here, I have assumed that my computer was infected by a redirect virus when using google search. To this end I have run all of my scans, with no success, and hence enlisted the help of technical support at the Malwarebytes anti-malwarebyte software company. He has today got me to run many different programs to try and track down this possible virus, but with no success and after carrying out all of his procedures I tried accessing cosmoquest again via google search and again, the search outcome was blocked by malwarebytes anti-malware with the message that an untrustworthy site is present.

    So, running out of ideas, I switched on my spare computer system that has AVAST real time security protection running. The first time I accessed cosmoquest via google search on this spare computer, AVAST came up with a "redirect" blocking warning. I keep backup programs on this spare computer, transferred over from my main computer via portable external drives - a procedure that I had recently carried out. So I was obviously a bit concerned that this so called redirect virus that I assumed was on my main computer had now got into my pure data files and hence into my spare computer during my last backup transfer. (I only back up user data files, nothing from system files).

    Now as it happens, I have a third computer that I haven't switched on in a very long while - so I decided to try this (it having had no physical connection to my main computer). I downloaded the AVAST security software, downloaded Chrome and then tried accessing cosmoquest via google search. The first thing that happened was a block message from AVAST saying there was a "redirect" attempting to access my computer.

    So I think I have been chasing my tail here concerning this issue. I still don't really understand what's going on, but it seems that "something" seems to be on the cosmoquest platform/server that is being picked up by realtime security programs when accessed via Google search. I have no idea why others are not seeing this and it may just be some kind of harmless advertising scam that has found its way onto the cosmoquest server. But the one and only time I did look at the redirected site (I didn't have real time protection on so it came through) I saw it as being a site called "filestore72.info" and when I did a search for this to find out about the site, it appears that it is quite a malicious site.

    It could be that no infection results from whatever this is, but whatever it is, something has been picked up by security software on three of my computers when accessing cosmoquest via the google search, two of which have had physical contact via transfered user data files (not system files), the third computer having had no physical data contact with either of the other two.
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    It's funny that you mention this, because I experienced the same thing you did just yesterday, and had the same response (assuming that there must have been something infecting my machine, and immediately doing a diligent search for the issue, turning up nothing). I can verify that my browser was redirected to the same site (filestore72.info), after specifically doing a Google search for something on the site. I don't do that often, so yesterday was the only time I encountered it. However, the fact that you experienced the same thing leads me to believe that you're correct, it's an issue with Cosmoquest, rather than a piece of malware that is coincidentally affecting both of us.
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    I have now seen what you mean and duplicated it. I think it doesn't happen when you have a bookmark to the forum, or always have it open in a tab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    It's funny that you mention this, because I experienced the same thing you did just yesterday, and had the same response (assuming that there must have been something infecting my machine, and immediately doing a diligent search for the issue, turning up nothing). I can verify that my browser was redirected to the same site (filestore72.info), after specifically doing a Google search for something on the site. I don't do that often, so yesterday was the only time I encountered it. However, the fact that you experienced the same thing leads me to believe that you're correct, it's an issue with Cosmoquest, rather than a piece of malware that is coincidentally affecting both of us.
    I was hoping to get such a post from someone, so thanks for posting that. I was only clear about this when I saw the issue replicating itself on a computer that I haven't switched on for a year or so. Up until that point I had been going around in circles along with the technical support specialist from my anti-malware company in thinking that it must be a local issue because no one else here had flagged it up. What does concern me is the nature of this "filestore72.info" site - if you do a search of it there are a number of entries that portray it as being a very malicious site.

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    It looks like there are reports of vBulletin specifically being hacked to redirect to it. Take a look here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Moran View Post
    What does concern me is the nature of this "filestore72.info" site - if you do a search of it there are a number of entries that portray it as being a very malicious site.
    The message leads me to believe whatever piece of malicious payload was sent from there may already be gone, after being reported to that website perhaps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey View Post
    It looks like there are reports of vBulletin specifically being hacked to redirect to it. Take a look here.
    So do you think the cosmoquest platform has been freshly hacked in the last week (I noticed it first about a week ago), or is it the harmless remnants of a past threat that has surfaced somehow? The last reference to "filestore72" in a google search is a youtube clip advising on how to remove it - that was a year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len Moran View Post
    So do you think the cosmoquest platform has been freshly hacked in the last week (I noticed it first about a week ago), or is it the harmless remnants of a past threat that has surfaced somehow? The last reference to "filestore72" in a google search is a youtube clip advising on how to remove it - that was a year ago.
    No idea. I very seldom use Google to search the board; I usually just come here directly, and look over threads that I've participated in and anything new that looks interesting. So I don't know whether that's been something there for a while, or something that just showed up.
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    Where is Cory?
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    Well I can safely say that this issue has arisen a few days (and not more than a week) before my first post concerning this issue (post 369, 3-Feb) and has not been present prior to that point. I can say this because I only ever access cosmoquest via a google search and I usually look in at least once a day. So whether the issue has been dormant on the cosmoquest platform and suddenly "woken up" or has only recently occurred because of a hack, it is the case that it has only manifested itself in the last couple of weeks.

    The issue here seems to me to be of importance to those outside of the forum who are led to search for such a forum and stumble across cosmoquest. If they decide to access the forum there is the possibility that they will end up with "filestore72.info". I still don't know what that site is and whether it is malicious, and I don't intend to find out. But it seems to me that at the moment the cosmoquest platform is hosting a redirect virus (or whatever it is) that turns a normal search for cosmoquest into a potential risk for the computer in question.

    If the "filestore72".info is a harmless site that has long ago cleaned up any infection, then I guess there is no immediate issue. But does anyone here know what kind of site "filestore72.info" actually is and what would happen if it was accessed?

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    Saw it last night using google search on Safari on my phone. And Tapatalk would not load Cosmoquest although it loaded other message boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Where is Cory?
    He and Pamela have been notified in ways that were reliable before, I'll try some other ways.

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Moran View Post
    [...]But it seems to me that at the moment the cosmoquest platform is hosting a redirect virus (or whatever it is) that turns a normal search for cosmoquest into a potential risk for the computer in question.
    There is some kind of redirection going on, yes, but it does not seem to be harmful right now. No member has as of yet reported that their AV is showing us as a "dangerous" website, as has happened before (and then rightfully so for a short while).

    Quote Originally Posted by Len Moran View Post
    If the "filestore72".info is a harmless site that has long ago cleaned up any infection, then I guess there is no immediate issue. But does anyone here know what kind of site "filestore72.info" actually is and what would happen if it was accessed?
    It is a free file hosting website. When someone wants to distribute a virus one wants to store it somewhere, not related to anyone of one's own computers. So, pick some site where the virus/malware/whatever can be put online for free (while it lasts). Use a hack to infect some sites, and some (or many) users may download the bad program. Some may even run it, and thus become infected. If the website itself is legitimate for storing your own files... I wouldn't trust them with any important stuff.
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    Sorry, sometimes I get email notifications from this thread, sometimes I don't unfortunately. It's inconvenient, but if I don't respond after a day or so, emailing me directly is fine.

    I've deleted some unnecessary plugins and removed permissions for a few users. My suspicion is that it's inside a plugin. All of the signs of it being in our code aren't there, so maybe a plugin's code was hacked.

    Does Panjo sound familiar to anyone? It was an ad sharing plugin that really didn't sound like something we'd use, so I deleted it. If it's valuable, I'll undelete it.

    I'd recommend that anyone with admin privileges changes their password just in case. Especially if Panjo wasn't installed on purpose.

    Let me know if the redirect still happens.

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    I have encountered two bugs recently.
    1. When I click on Post Quick Reply my new post does not appear immediately. I have to use the refresh function in my browser to see if it actually posted.
    2. Today I tried to edit a post to fix a misspelling, and there was no Save icon in the edit window, and I could not find a way to complete the editing process. I had to report my post and get an administrator to fix it for me.

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    Bug #1 has cleared up, and my posts are showing immediately. I have not yet had an occasion to try editing again. Whoever did whatever, thanks.

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    The site's SSL cert seems to have expired.

    Not surprising when it has a 3 month validity period!



    Edit: I see a new cert, also with 3 month expiry. (Pic below is the old cert)
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    I just edited a post and noticed the "reason for edit box" was missing. I only encountered it once and it was within seconds of posting.

    EDIT - I am wrong. The box moved from the bottom to the top. Sorry.
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    Invalid forum links on Android Chrome

    Invalid forum links on Android Chrome. Wondering if anyone else is affected. I reported this in a Contact-Us message to Administration.

    This is happening on Android Chrome 51.0.2704.81 only as far as I know. I haven't upgraded that for at least two weeks, so I'm suspecting a change happened on the server side July 20, around 3 PM to 6 PM PDT. Before that frequent use was fine. I tried to report the first time I saw it July 20, from Android, but have no knowledge that transaction completed.

    Starting 2016 July 20, maybe noticed first about 3 pm PDT, but definitely happening at 6 PM PDT and later, and just failed now (July 21 05:15 PDT), ordinary links like
    http://cosmoquest.org/forum/forumdis...out-the-Forums
    bring up a display from Cosmoquest:

    vBulletin Message

    Invalid Forum specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator.
    Some of the forum front-page links work, like What's New? and New Posts. But links to forums, subforums and messages all seem to fail.

    When I click on the See More links of Activity Stream entries, then I get a different failure, a browser page:

    The cosmoquest.org page isn't working

    cosmoquest.org redirected you too many times.
    It is working this morning on Windows PC Firefox 45.2.0 and Internet Explorer Update 11.0.33.

    When I change an "invalid" link to use https instead of http, it does display the page but in a mostly unformatted blue text on white background, with extremely limited graphic images: Cosmoquest banner, SAO banner, Google/Twitter/Facebook icons.
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Invalid forum links on Android Chrome. Wondering if anyone else is affected. I reported this in a Contact-Us message to Administration.
    Cosmoquest Forum links are now valid on Android Chrome, July 21, 1 PM PDT. Thanks!
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
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