Last week Auctiva, a picture hosting and auction tools provider, had some of their servers infected with a trojan called Adclicker. The company promptly took the affected servers offline and completely rebuilt them with a fresh operating installation.
In the mean time Google flagged Auctiva as a potentially malicious site warning visitors that they could be come infected. This is no longer the case and Google and their partner StopBadware.org continued to warn users of the potential problem. This should be resolved in the next review by StopBadware.org and the site should return to normal, although currently the Auctiva site still carries an alert “Our engineers are continuing to work on several issues that are resulting in site slowness for some users. We hope to restore normal site operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.”
Virus and malware creaters are becoming increasingly creative in their attempts to compromise websites and users PCs. If you don’t already it’s worth checking that your personal anti-virus software is up to date and your PC has all the latest operating system and software security patches installed.