Mangafox Virus Warning
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
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