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Mangafox Virus Warning

Just a quick warning regarding the mangafox website. There's some advertiser on there or something who can and will give your computer a virus just by viewing the site (you don't have to click on anything, just opening a page with the infected advert will apparently do it, and since each time you go to a new page of a chapter, it refreshes the page and the ads, that's pretty high odds that it will come up). I'm just guessing that it's in one of the adverts, but it would make sense because it's never happened to me with that site before, but today it got me and it took hours to get my computer cleaned up again. Don't want that happening to anybody else.

I had my anti-virus software running the whole time, but it missed it. I ended up needing to use malwarebytes to remove it. It was some of that ransom-style malware where it takes over your system and pretends its a virus checker, locking down your IE browser and throwing tons of bogus "infection" messages at you, trying to get you to pay them for the fix. Very stupid and very annoying. It kept crashing my system before I could even try to run scans on it, but I was able to boot up in safe mode with networking and run the cleanup process from there without it interfering. In case anyone else runs into the same bug, here's the instructions I followed to get rid of it, and they worked perfectly: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-antivirus-live

I usually prefer to read manga on onemanga.com, but there's a number of titles (especially yaoi ones) that I can only find on mangafox.com, so this is very irritating, but hopefully they'll get enough complaints that they'll find out and boot whichever advertiser is doing it and it will be safe (well, or at least safe-er, since I've been alerted by my virus checker about trojans on that site before) again. Anyway, just wanted to give everyone a heads up so hopefully you can avoid wasting all the time I just did. :P

EDIT:
Okay, I have found a kind of hack to try to stay safe from viruses while still accessing manga on mangafox. It's a MAJOR pain in the butt, but if you're really desperate to read something that isn't anywhere else, it's do-able.

You have to risk the danger long enough to find the title you want and then open the first page of the chapter. So there's still risk, but the big problem with them is that every time you 'turn the page' you have another chance to get infected, so I found a tricky way to get around that.

Once you're on the first page of the chapter, use your browser menu and view the page source. (View > Source in IE, not sure about FF). Then scan down the garble of indecipherable code until you find a tag that starts <img src= followed by a long url that usually has the name of the story in it somewhere and ends in ".jpg" This is the actual path of the picture for the manga page. Copy and paste that whole url, starting with the http:// and ending with the .jpg into the url bar and hit enter. You will then get just the manga page itself in your browser window. (you may have to use the little magnifying glass thingy to see it full size as it will try to resize it to your screen).

Usually, although not always (sigh) the pages are numbered sequentially, so the end of the URL you're viewing will be something like: 001.jpg So then you just have to keep incrementing it by one (ie 002.jpg) and hitting enter to go to the next page. This is very irritating and time consuming, but it totally avoids you having to display the possibly infected mangafox ads while viewing the manga, so, like I said, if you really want to read something and can't afford to risk getting a virus, it's worth a shot. :S

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Another manga website that you could visit is manga.animea.net. There have more yaoi manga titles than mangafox.com

Errrg, same stupid thing happened to me last month while I was reading Crimson Spell. I just had my computer repaired from another virus when I caught that one and later found out MangaFox is notorious for those damn ad viruses. I now only view the site when (where else?) I'm working late at night on homework in the graphic design building :D Macs with Firefox on adblocker mode are sweet. Sure hope the university doesn't check my web history... it's not like 'm/m sex' is in the title.

The same thing happened to me too a week ago. I always read my manga on Onemanga but they didn't have Junjou Romantica on it so I found it on Mangafox, after reading a few pages of it my computer started downloading a virus. Lucky, I managed to stop it before it got on my computer, then scan it, and nothing came up.
I was lucky, but I feel for the people who did get the virus. Why do people bother making them and sticking them on sites? It's horrible.
If you are prone to getting virus I recommend getting Kaspersky anti-virus. You don't know how many times it safed my skin (and computer) from them.

~Wedy

OMG, and i thought it was only happening to me! woot now i know that it wasnt just my computer! every single time i clicked to go to the next page, a pop up came on and it was pissing me off, and it still does it till this day! im so mad! my computer has a damn virus!

Yeah, we are legion *grumbles* I had to repair my PC 4 times in three months because of viruses attack. The last time I finally saw that I received each attack inmediately after reading yaoi manga (what else? *rolls eyes*) in Mangafox. I have antimalware, too, and an informatic friend that is about to move his bed to my home ^^;

I've had this problem before but my computer is pretty good at cleaning it out when I reboot so I haven't had any problems, but if you don't want to go on the main site you could try their new beta site http://beta.mangafox.com

I haven't commented on your blog for a while but I still visit regularly :)

kanshou87: Okay, thanks, I'll check that site out!


Noemi: Ouch! Sorry that happened to you too, it sucks big time. LOL I like your solution though, there you go! :D


Wedy: *whew* glad you escaped! I know, I just cannot understand why people create those things. Don't they have anything better to do with their time?! Thanks, I'll have to check out Kaspersky, I haven't heard of them before.


KanameZero4Eva: Nope, definitely not just you, it's the site, unfortunately. I wish they would effing do something about it. :(


VanCaos: Oh man! Not fun, ouch. This is the first time in a while I've gotten a virus fortunately. Stupid virus creators... *wants to feed them to the Level E's* :E


Vampiric Rose: That's good! Ooh, I didn't know they had a beta site, I will definitely have to check that out! hopefully it will be virus free... <.< *hugs* cool, glad to know you're still around!

I got the same thing two weeks ago. Such an annoyance. Thank goodness for Bleeping computer, Malwarebites, Rkill, Combofix, etc. Too bad I had to use them ALL to get rid of that crap, even in safe mode...

Antivirus Live is being called Randsomware now. I guess that's what these anti-spyware things are that hijack your computer until you pay them money to NOT fix your computer. (the creators should be struck down by lightening on the spot)

I've gotten a few awful virus from Mangafox. I've complained over and over and hardly ever go on there anymore. It's a shame cause they have the best collection of yaoi and it's so easy to search on there. If only they'd change their advertising company or demand the company screen their own ads better. Ridiculous. I think Onemanga is subpar to Mangafox and even AnimeA but the latter seems to have taken up the mangafox advertising style so Onemanga it is!!

Thanks for the warning either way and I'm sorry you had to go through that! *shakes her fist at the Mangafox employees who allow the great BW's computer to be offline for even a while*

I got the same thing two weeks ago. Such an annoyance. Thank goodness for Bleeping computer, Malwarebites, Rkill, Combofix, etc. Too bad I had to use them ALL to get rid of that crap, even in safe mode...

Antivirus Live is being called Randsomware now. I guess that's what these anti-spyware things are that hijack your computer until you pay them money to NOT fix your computer. (the creators should be struck down by lightening on the spot)

I've gotten a few awful virus from Mangafox. I've complained over and over and hardly ever go on there anymore. It's a shame cause they have the best collection of yaoi and it's so easy to search on there. If only they'd change their advertising company or demand the company screen their own ads better. Ridiculous. I think Onemanga is subpar to Mangafox and even AnimeA but the latter seems to have taken up the mangafox advertising style so Onemanga it is!!

Thanks for the warning either way and I'm sorry you had to go through that! *shakes her fist at the Mangafox employees who allow the great BW's computer to be offline for even a while*

-T

Yup! I'm all about mooching off the system while there is still time. Just yesterday I infecting a school PC with malware while browsing DeviantArt. Mutha flippin DEVIANT Art. And I thought my previous antivirus software was awful.

BassoonBG: Yes, thank goodness for them! I had to go through that same process. :P Ransomware is STUPID. I completely agree about the lightening, except I think that it's too easy a fate. ;)

It really is too bad that the site is so dangerous so that it's not really worth going there. *sighs* I don't see why they can't keep a better handle on that. >:(

I've actually found a kind-of way to work around it a little with manga fox, which I'll add to the main post. But it's still a whopping pain. *hugs* aw, thanks!


Noemi: LOL yup, mooching is good... ;D Oh man, now DEVIANT ART is doing it too?!?! GAAH! What is the world coming to? *mutters about stupid virus creators ruining everything* At least with DA I imagine they'll try to catch it and stop it, or at least I should hope so. Since they offer paid services, they don't really want to be frightening people away i should think. *hopes*

If you use IE just turn on in private filtering and it turns off all ads.

Anon: Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't heard about that before, I will give it a try!

I love MangaFox but this virus scare was really making it difficult to get my manga fix. I switched out my Internet Explorer for Mozilla Foxfire (which is said to be much safer) and its fast too. Well there is an extension called foof which makes it possible to disable ads. The once flashy and annoying ads that took forever to load the page with regular internet explorer now loads with only the manga page - NO ADS! I haven't had a problem with pop-up ads either since I got Firefox.

i got antivirusxp 2010 form it wich is a total pain in the @$$ it gets into ur registery and everything.. currently had to mess with registery then hardd crashed and had to send back to western digital still under warranty (than god) not sure if virus fault or not but relly quincidental

I have had it happen on 3 computers and will never use Mangafox again even though they have the best selection. I feel bad and know it is the advertisers, but it is also the websites fault for those advertisers. Goodbye to Mangafox!

RukiRomance: That sounds like a nifty plugin, I'll have to try that. Thanks for the tip!


Anon: yeah, that's very similar to the one I got too. Ugh, that's awful, hope everything is back to normal now!


Anon: I agree, it totally sucks that they don't police their advertisers better. :P

this happened to me as well.
i NEVER get viruses from any other site i go to EXCEPT mangafox!
I hate it!!!! There was a trojan that infected my computer and it kept opening internet explorer with a page that just says "porno.com".
it's so weird. plus the computer didn't have an anti-virus, which sucks even more.

kouzumi22: Yeah, it is SO bad. :( I hardly ever go there anymore as a result. Although if I do have to, I have found a semi-safer way to do it that usually works for me is to use a combination of using IE8's "InPrivate Browsing" and strict "InPrivate Filtering" along with a great and not too expensive bit of malware protection called "Malwarebytes" (there's a free version, but the paid one gives you real time protection).

I still can't believe that they're so awful about it to start with though. :S

Same happened to me on my laptop AND pc. And my friend's laptop. Grrr!

IE is not a safe browser. It's always been said in may anti-malware sites. Use firefox then get adblock plus and no-script add-ons. Or chrome and get adthwart extension. Firefox for me is the safest browser.

Additional stuff, get spybot search&destroy and spywareblaster. Regularly scan your PC with malwarebytes, superanti-spyware, resident antivirus and online antivirus (bitdefender/housecall). Your firewall, antivirus and spybot should have real-time defense. Also have winpatrol if you have windows. My pc and laptop can go to any website freely and safely. It tells me if the site I'll visit is not safe. Never had a crashed PC/laptop for years now. (^__^)

if you go back, now the ony advertisers there are some kind for fairy story on top, and then the usual ones on the bottom. trust me, i've gotten 4 viruses from mangafox, and was all 'never again'... ... okay so I WAS WEAK. but then i found this out, and i don't seem to get viruses anymore. Now i'm not saying that all of a sudden it's safe, but it's much safe-er. and... i can read manga again ^^ RIP onemanga. we will all remember your online viewer with pride, the happiness it's given us, and the sadness at it's loss.
=( so yeah. it might be safe(-er) again. And this is coming from the (weak) person who got 4 viruses from it, each one worse than the other, and each time happening seemingly faster than the last. Oh, i forgot. 4 viruses and the possible wiping of a diff computer's hard drive.... ... ... well yeah. =p

Simply use firefox with the AddBlock Plus add-on to block all pop ups.

About a year or two later manga fox is still full of viruses I know because I was so stupid to go on mangafox again and again. For the past year I got viruse on my dads laptop (his laptop has different, how should I put it sides or sections for each of us)so I got viruses on my side more than once ,my moms side,and my dads side.On my brothers laptop I got a virus and completely destroyed his computer.Finally on my brand new desktop that I only had for 2 weeks had gotten viruses twice already.So now i'm stuck with my dads laptop that won't allow me to go on the internet for some reasonon on my mom's and my side even though there aren't any viruses. My brother's laptop that if you tried to turn it on it's just blank screen and my new desktop which is now slower even though the're no viruses on any of them now but my brothers.I'm supprised they still let me use the computer after all of that in such a short time.

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