Sunday, February 22, 2009

Auctiva Attack Alert?

I use Auctiva to create my ebay auctions. It's a lot cheaper and I'm able to insert bunches of photos without added cost. I like that feature ~ being able to give the buyer several more views of what they're bidding on.

Last night I went to the Auctiva website to start some new listings. But this warning came up instead:

I have seen this warning before for other sites while surfing the web. I've never seen it on one of my regular, trusted sites. Usually I just leave the site immediately. But this is Auctiva, one of my regulars. They're my ebay proxy and have my PayPal information, etc. I'm a little alarmed.

I clicked on the "Why was this site blocked?" link and got this screen:

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Last night when I got that screen and clicked on the auctiva link, it told me the site had infected 3 computers, I believe. This morning when I clicked on the same thing, it was up to 90.

I'm thinking I'll hold off on posting any ebay stuff for a few days. I'll keep checking back to see if Auctiva has their site straightened out. Hopefully they'll take care of it soon.

If not, I'm not sure what I'll do. I don't know if there are other free services out there like Auctiva or not. Hopefully I won't have to go searching to find out.


Mimi said...

Hi, Kim, I got the same thing last night when I was on eBay and went to enlarge a photo on an auction I was looking at. I use Auctiva, too, and Sunday is generally the day that I list, so like you, I don't know what in the world to do.

I have some pretty good protection on my computer but I think I'll run a scan this morning to see if something shows up. If nothing is there, I might take a stroll over to Auctiva and see if there's anything on any of their boards.

If you hear anything, let me know and I'll do the same for you.

Lois said...

I also am sick. Have relied on Auctiva for too many years, they are one great company. If anyone knows another free hosting out there, please let us know. This could take awhile.

I also did a full virus scan, and cannot find anything on my PC. Lois

Anonymous said...

Greetings Kim!I do understand all the sellers concerns, but do you also understand that Auctiva steals affiliate commissions, by overwriting them when their images are clicked on to enlarge them?I know most people hate affiliates, but it is those hated affiliates that drive traffic to your sites, and help you sell your products!I for one would love to see Auctiva shut down!They are parasites in the extreme sense!As long as they are around, I refuse to promote any eBay product/seller.Nothing is for free....and all affiliates are paying for your supposdely free images.Sorry for the rant...but sellers are soooo blind to all this....or they just don't give a monkey's!

Kim's Cottage said...

Anonymous - I'm afraid you'd have to include me with those who are blind to it all, because I have no idea what you mean. Forgive my ignorance, but can you explain? How does Auctiva steal an affiliate's commission on my ebay auction?

Thank you!


Anonymous said...

I have also been following the auctiva attack site warnings.

You of course can still list via uactiva if you are willing to risk by simply using the ignore this warning option...but it will pop up at each window, so is very annoying.

I utilize auctiva, but would never NOT list because one of my resources didnt work!

I simply listed through ebay this weekend. You can still use the auctiva template if you wanted, just copy the code from an existing auction and post in the desciption through ebay...but your bidders see the attack warning when they click on your auctiva links, so i would avoid it for now.

How does Auctiva steal affiliate income and why does it matter ?

eBay Affiliates get paid to drive traffic to ebay, they spend lots of time and money to do this. If an affiliate drives traffic to a site that auctiva has there hands on...auctivas software replaces the original affiliates cookies with their own when your bidder clciks on the supersize option or the auctiva slider.

This is what funds auctiva, it is not free, they just use your auctions to make a seller on ebay it wouldnt concern you...butit is akind of a shady business practice

Ive been following the auctiva attack site warnings reports here

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I got the same message yesterday, I thought it was so odd!