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Monday, May 13. 2019
Something strange has been going on with Maggie's for the past ten days or so. Mainly redirections or failure notices.
We are trying to figure it out. It might help if people give us more details on their problems getting on to Maggie's.
Update: Thanks for comments. I think we fixed it. Did we?
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Today, I get the same redirect I reported yesterday when coming to the front page.
Yesterday, I also got the redirect when clicking on the link to an individual post. But today I can click on the individual posts and NO redirect.
I am using Firefox
I have not experienced any issues using iPad, Safari, for the last couple of weeks.
Just came here using Chrome, no issues.
#2 B. Hammer on 2019-05-13 12:44
#3 Bird Dog on 2019-05-13 12:44
i was being redirected to Spread.ly,
which claimed i was DDOSing the website (when using the laptop, but it wasn't happening when i used an i-mac router).
it's not happening now.
#4 Nunnya Bidnez, jr on 2019-05-13 12:53
"when i used an i-mac router"
should read as
"when i used an i-mac on the same router"
#5 Nunnya Bidnez, jr on 2019-05-13 12:55
Yesterday I was redirected to the Mongo video - by itself on a grey background. Cleared cache and got back in but it showed a video chopped off at the top by the story separate line. All looks goof today.
#6 EHB on 2019-05-13 12:56
I am re-directed to Spread.ly every time I log on -- and told I might be able to buy your "premium domain name". Using Firefox browser on a Windows 10 computer.
#7 Mis-directed one on 2019-05-13 13:00
I got the same thing as Nunnya when I used Firefox. When I used Edge I had no problems.
#8 John Fisher on 2019-05-13 13:13
Had the same problem, thought it might be an unwanted Firefox barnacle. Blocked the URL. BUT--the Maggie's page kept showing little gray password boxes at the end of each article.
Saw the same problem this morning on my office PC. After I quit goofing off and got some work done, I went back and Voila! No redirect. Someone seems to have exorcised the redirect.
Ditto, Firefox on Windows 10. But OK now, on the Enterprise version we have at work.
The Farm redirected to a Domain Name for Sale page first then a 409 page not found for about 2 days. Using Firefox. Clicking Maggie's Farm in Most Visited menu worked fine though. All is fine today.
#11 Fred Hedgecoth on 2019-05-13 13:20
Page being hi-jacked by spread.ly
Once that happens, can't even get to MF.
Obviously not happening at this time.
Using Windows 7 and Firefox.
Started for me last night.
#12 feeblemind on 2019-05-13 13:24
It WAS a redirect to: http://spread [dot] ly/?redir=frame&uid=spread5cd717e8ad7656.25120762
(remove [dot] to see the page)
It was still redirecting an hour ago, but NOW (12:40 PM CDT) , it no longer redirects. Appears to be fixed :-)
I use Chrome on Windows 10 and haven't had any problems.
#14 oolioo on 2019-05-13 13:51
About the goblin: Running Windows 7 and Firefox latest build, your site would come up but after a second or two would be replaced by "Spread.Ly," which was a site up for sale by Unregistry Marker.
Today I cleaned my Firefox database before doing anything else. On accessing Maggie, the problem has not recurred. All is well.
#15 Bayard Bastedo on 2019-05-13 13:53
I have had no problems accessing from Google Chrome, or Safari
#16 missred on 2019-05-13 14:14
No problems, but came from TheoSpark's blogroll, not directly.
#17 TXRed on 2019-05-13 14:59
So glad this is fixed! Mine (same problem) started about 5/10. I researched over weekend and tried several things; meanwhile could not access MF. Using Win 10; same problem on Edge. Yesterday I uninstalled Firefox (which they seem to have "installed"/updated on 5/9, per my Programs list). Got a box asking "please tell us why you uninstalled", so I explained this problem and begged them to fix it. Then reinstalled. Don't know who fixed it; just happy someone did. (It is now ~1:45 pm CST where I am.)
#18 CT on 2019-05-13 15:00
I am using a PC with Firefox and have been re-directed for several days. I scanned my hardrive with SuperAntiSpyWare and problem
has been resolved. I had a number of critical issues that required an anti-spyware solution.
#19 jhstuart on 2019-05-13 15:07
Identical to feeblemind (hence the cut and paste):
"Page being hi-jacked by spread.ly
Once that happens, can't even get to MF.
Obviously not happening at this time.
Using Windows 7 and Firefox."
#20 Talnik on 2019-05-13 15:10
Had same problem over last 2 days or so. Not today. Redirect to spread.ly. Once problem started (almost immediately upon entering MF home page), problem persisted without any way to see MF content due to repeated redirects. Running Windows 7 with Firefox.
#21 KMM on 2019-05-13 15:15
Yes, I've gotten the "Spread.Ly" thing a few times over the past few days as well.
#22 Erasmus on 2019-05-13 15:40
Hey! You're back! For several days I had to use the anonymous view coming off of Startpage which didn't allow commenting but I could at least read the scintillating conversations going on. I'm running Windows 7 on my laptop and the spread.ly re-direct (buy this domain name now from Uniregistry! Like I'm going to buy anything from a browser hijacker.) happened on both IE and Firefox. Using my nephew's computer which has Windows 10 running Chrome, no re-direct on Chrome but spread.ly redirect on IE. (Google is of course too evil for me to allow them to install Chrome on my computer so their re-direct blocker is not going to close the sale for me.)
#23 Jerryskids on 2019-05-13 15:44
same thing ... last three days
#24 mike sorensen on 2019-05-13 16:01
I also was highjacked to spread.ly for two days, but only when using safari on an iMac. When I used my iPhone on the same router, there was no problem. All is ok right now.
#25 Clark on 2019-05-13 16:13
For three days, every time I would connect with theblog, would get a pop-up from "Spread.ly" followed by another pop-up "429 denial of service". Nothing worked to close either or return back to the MF home page. Using a PC with firefox. ran a scan this am, and now have access, maybe coincidence.
#26 Mikeinappalchia on 2019-05-13 16:17
I've gotten the Maggie's Farm header, but blank below that quite a few times in the past week.
#27 LP on 2019-05-13 16:19
I got the redirect to spread.ly when using Pale Moon (Firefox platform)
It did not occur when I used Microsoft Edge.
Today I'm fine when using Chrome.
#28 DrTorch on 2019-05-13 16:37
Me too. W10 & latest FireFox. I close the tab and reopen the page. Problem disappears every time.
#29 Stargazer on 2019-05-13 17:02
I cleaned my firefox browser cache this morning, made no difference.
#30 Riick on 2019-05-13 17:36
I believe my issue was a Firefox add-on Ad Blocker for Youtube that updated 05/10/2019. Chrome worked fine.The Spread.ly redirect would load only after the YouTube vid under the "VFR Miami to Key West in a TBM" header fully loaded. I had run MalwareBytes a few times and it found some PUPS, but did not solve the issue. When I enabled the complemtary ads blocking method option in the FireFox extension, it seemed to solve the problem. FireFox had an issue with disabling add ons a week or so ago, and updated-I don't think all the add on folks have had a chance to work out all the resulting bugs
#31 Popo Bawa on 2019-05-13 17:58
Ditto. Spread ly for the last several days. Using Chrome on a Windows 7 machine.
#32 T Migratorious on 2019-05-13 18:01
ditto here over the last few days, even one direct the .ly site this morning.
I am on a Linux Mint 18.3 and Firefox but had largely parallel action on win 8.1 with Firefox
Good luck; this sort of stuff is scarey. It seems to be ralated to seizures of my modem and/or router which I have re-booted recently several times because after "the attack" the internet connection seemed to go way slower.
#33 4kx3 on 2019-05-13 18:03
I had this problem with Commodo Ice Dragon and Pale Moon so I uninstalled them. I changed Firefox to Firefox ESR and added Ublock Origin and then blocked all spread ly redirects. (I may not have needed to switch to ESR.) Epic Browser continued to work but does not handle many tabs being open at once very well (shrinks them to unreadable size rather than allowing scrolling) WaterFox may be working.
#34 tanstafl on 2019-05-13 18:16
I had the spread.ly shennanigans too for a night. It happened before to AWS servers, (Amazon Web Service), as you use, last in late April. Amazon of course denied everything, (cloud, what cloud?), but fixed very fast. Seems suspiciously similar. (So it should be ok now, until the next time.)
I have been redirected to spread.ly for about 2 weeks. I was able to stop it by blocking the spread.ly page. I am using Firefox.
#36 Marv on 2019-05-13 20:42
#37 Jack on 2019-05-13 21:18
Win 7/Brave, no issues.
#38 XRay on 2019-05-13 23:07
Redirect was to spread.ly. I blocked it in my AdBlockPlus. No problems since then.
#39 David on 2019-05-14 03:49
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