Yesterday this website was blocked by Google, because of “possible” malicious activities. They said it was redirecting to a Russian (again with the Russians!) site that attempted to install malware on the user’s computer. This happened once before, if you recall, and it was definitely doing what Google claimed.
But this time? I’m not so sure. I never encountered any problem with the site, and it was only blocked by Firefox, for some reason. I could still access it through Internet Explorer, and was never redirected. I suspect, and could certainly be wrong, that Google got a false positive when they monitored the Surf Report yesterday morning.
But, of course, the burden was now on me to prove that I’m not some slimy eastern European scum-merchant, luring innocent folks with promises of daily complaints about my most recent visit to Target, and hurling them into a dark, dark world of aggressive pop-ups and snapshots of the razor-burned crotch of a woman named Svetlana.
Last time the hackers got into my files via an unused WordPress theme, so I dumped all the themes not currently in use, and also got rid of the Further Evidence link to a website that featured bad Photoshop manipulations of Bill Murray. If there was a problem, I suspect it might have been because of that latter item…
Then I went into Google’s Webmaster Tools, and requested a reevaluation. And last night the ban was lifted. But not before another full day of my life was wasted. Well, not a full day… but most of one. And it really bakes my beans.
I also received a threatening email from one of the ad networks I use on the site, saying I’d better clean up my act or they’re going to suspend me. I didn’t do anything! The site has been on the internet since 2000. Shouldn’t I be afforded the benefit of the doubt at this point? It’s unbelievable.
And, as if that weren’t enough, I haven’t been able to upload new photos for the past week. But that’s completely unrelated, and is now also rectified.
Sheesh. I wish I had a “tech guy,” at whom I could yell, “Just fix it, goddammit!” But, alas, I have to deal with all this nonsense myself. Oh, the troubles I have known…
Please let me know if you notice the site doing anything unusual. I think everything’s cool now, but you never can tell. Those pasty, red-lipped Russians are crafty sonsabitches.
Thanks to everyone who supplied me with “beer” over the past few days. It’s much appreciated, and very helpful. You guys are awesome.
And speaking of desperation… after a week of nothing but crickets, I’ve now sold three DVDs at half dotcom. I’m fired up to get the remaining eight giant cartons of discs listed there. It’s fun. I might quit my job and become an American Picker, or whatever. Just driving around digging through basements, and buying old NEHI signs for 10% of their value… Just think of the updates I could get out of that! It would be awesome.
Finally, I have something unusual for you guys today. Below is a link to an mp3 of metten reading the first chapter of Crossroads Road. He has broadcasting training and experience, and offered to do a full-blown audiobook version of the novel for me. He’s still working on it — there are six or seven chapters in the can at this point — but I wanted to share the first one here.
[audio:http://www.thewvsr.com/Crossroads Road Promo.mp3]
Download the mp3: Chapter 1: Crossroads Road
You can download it and put it on your mp3 player, or just listen to it on this page. Please let us know your thoughts. I think it’s pretty damn good.
I’ll be back tomorrow, unless the Bolsheviks ruin it for us again.
Have a great day, boys and girls.
Now playing in the bunker
Crossroads Road, just $2.99 for Kindle!
I think the American Pickers dudes have been up your way a time or two.
Those Russian hackers are bastards
nearly first and listened to the book, and read the update.
Today’s color is apricot.
Apricot is a fruit, not a color. Just as teal is a bird.
Um. It wasn’t just Firefox complaining. Chrome was as well.
OK, Firefox and Chrome. Last time it was all of my sites, across all browsers. This time it was just TheWVSR, in some browsers.
I give two thumbs up to Metten’s performance.
Bolsheviks ruin everything.
Bill in WV says
I checked in yesterday, via Google Chrome and was shocked, I MEAN SHOCKED, to see Katvina’s razor burned crotch staring me in the face. I think it even winked at me. Kinda reminded me of Mr. French’s beard.
Well, you are not eastern European.
They can all scramble their Faberge eggs!
Metton sounds fantastic!
My friggin power still hasn’t been restored. Since 5:30 AM Sunday.
I think my power company is run by Russians.
I’ve read the book twice (love it), but I couldn’t get past the acknowledgements of the audio version.
Chuck in Belpre says
Why can’t all Russians be like Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova? Why?
Tipsey McChugney says
Root 66 says
I guess since the Ruskies lost the Cold War, they’re trying to find a way to get back at us!
Ain’t they got nuttin’ better to do??
Root 66 says
“Pour some of THIS on your flapjacks, baby!”
“I’ve got your syrup right here, baby.”
Any of you girls ever been with a chubby chaser?
Didn’t he sing “Peppermint Twist?”
I believe so!
I like my boyfriends’ chubby.
Nice placement of apostrophe, but shouldn’t it be that you like your boyfriends’ chubbies. Or your boyfriend’s chuuby if you are strictly monogomous. 🙂
I tried to visit WVSR at work yesterday and it said, OH, HELL NO! THIS SITE IS FUCKED UP!! VISIT & YOU WILL DIE!..something like that.
It was kinda scary. I should have known Russians were involved. Jeff must have pissed them off somehow..
Don’t you mean, “??, ???? ??????, ???! ???? ???? ?????????! ????? ? ?? ??????”?
That’s it said when I logged on. Oh, then a big picture of Svetlana’s razor burned nether regions.. Pretty sure they need some Nair over there.
If you can’t get James Earl Jones for the audio version of Crossroads Road, you might as well just skip the whole damn project.
Root 66 says
Or Gilbert Gottfried…
Jackie Mason jums immediately to mind.
Root 66 says
I also thought of Rodney Dangerfield but unfortunately, he’s dead.
T. Farty McAppleass says
Or Barry Manilow, in the nude.
With “Copacabana” playing in the background. I’d bet you’d make a good “Rico”
I did not experience any irregularities with the site yesterday. Standard WVSR… only the eggplant is missing. =-)
Am I the only one who is scared I might have said something in the comments that attracted the depraved commies to the site?
I was wondering what the fuck was going on with “The Essentials” links. But I didn’t feel brave enough to bitch about it.
I just want to say, websites don’t have to worry about me. I’ll accept the fuck out of your terms and conditions.
The commies are the ones into “scat” right? Where they shit all over each other? Jesus Christ!
Sheesh Jeff – you actually haven’t uploaded any photos to the site in a year (Talking about “Fish Sightings” now, not anything else). The Princess took pictures of me in authentic WVSR apparel on our honeymoon OVER A YEAR AGO and they’ve yet to show up here on your site. Put the damned pix up. THEN I’ll ‘buy you a beer’. maybe…..
Was not razorburns.
Ivan the Meh says
God damned Russians invented the migraine, then passed it down to me. Assholes.
“the razor-burned crotch of a woman named Svetlana”.
Now that’s a visual.
Lee Harvey Ramone says
Airplane monkey soldier
I don’t have an “iPod”, so it might not be a “podcast”. But I’ll put it on the thumb drive and listen in the car on the way to work.
Freckle Fetish says
So does anyone have a link? I missed all the fun.
Metten pronounced my name right! Fuck Ya!
WB in OH says
I’m glad I finally know how to pronounce met-ten, it’s always been meat-en per the voices in my skull.