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Title: Ripway.com
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Mr. Dust - December 17, 2011 04:25 AM (GMT)
If you are reading this, you are either fortunate, or this... ermm.. 'epidemic' has subsided.

For the uninformed, there appears to be a "bug" [using the term loosely till proven, currently running a Full System Scan right now on my PC to see if the culprit is on something on my end.. for me] going around on MEU that is redirecting people to some shonky website about anti-virus, web domains.. the usual crap one might find in a pop-up or suspect e-mail.

It had.. for a brief time, seemed to have passed by, but now it has returned which makes me wonder just wtf is going on. Anyway, here's where it seems to be directing people like me, Glein and Trekkie.

CLICK AT OWN RISK!
At the time of writing, there appears to be no malicious content on the site, it's just a freak of nature for the moment, though some of you may have noticed that for the longest time, while MEU is loading that it'll mention --'ripway.com'-- in it's process of loading everything up, could be that this has been a long existing problem and that it's only just now gathered enough strength to be an inconvience. Speculation though..

DANGER -> LINK <- DANGER

It seems to be an intermittent issue, coming and going like a... I dunno, a fart in a fan factory.

Consider yourselves informed.

EDIT: Clicking "stop" on your browser right after it's loaded a thread will stop it redirecting you to the site, however, short of impeccable timing, you likely won't have access to cbox when you do this.

Enterprise1701 - December 17, 2011 06:32 AM (GMT)
This is really pissing me off.

And I don't get pissed easily.

EDIT: I've done some research, and this seems to have happened on other boards due to codes on gadgets somewhere in the site. It seems to be site related, as far as I can tell, but I'm not expert.

Krim - December 17, 2011 08:49 AM (GMT)
This is all kinds of stupid, honestly. Luckily, I -do- have impeccable timing :3

judodave - December 17, 2011 09:20 AM (GMT)
Here's hoping that the issue will be sorted out before days end and that we can get back to RPing.

Viyu - December 17, 2011 07:17 PM (GMT)
CODE
<!---- Affiliates Bar End ---->

<script src="http://h1.ripway.com/godkillah/kodes/gender.js">
/* Evil Gender System
By Godkillah
Phantom-designs.net */
</script>


This might be the root of the problem. Went through the source code on the mainpage to get to the bottom of this issue. Unfortunately I can't change the code, only Rasen can.

Pandut - December 17, 2011 11:39 PM (GMT)
Well, that's ironic. Back when I used to use Kaspersky as my main AV, every time I accessed MEU it would block an unknown source otherwise called "Ripway". In fact, that little code Viyu posted was part of the alert message... How very odd :hmm:.

Mr. Dust - December 18, 2011 01:21 AM (GMT)
Well I got good news, some more good news, and lastly some bad news.

Good News +: I finally finished a Full System Scan, found a trojan in some file which has since been purged into the abyss, but more importantly, it had nothing to do with my browsing... least.. s'far as my AV can tell.

Good News ++: As Trekkie itirated, it's happening to other forums as well, which means it's a growing known issue, which means sooner or later, someone will find a fix for it.

Bad News: No idea how long that "fix" is going to take to manifest... :/

Viyu - December 18, 2011 02:51 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Pandut @ 17 December 2011, 06:39 pm)
Well, that's ironic. Back when I used to use Kaspersky as my main AV, every time I accessed MEU it would block an unknown source otherwise called "Ripway". In fact, that little code Viyu posted was part of the alert message... How very odd :hmm:.

Meeks might be able to tell you guys how to use HOST files to block it. Ripway doesn't load for me, and I think its because of what Meeks put into my computer after I bought it a few months ago. Ripway doesn't load on any of our computers.

Anyway, all I did was right click to get access to the page source and clicked ctrl F to find any traces of Ripway.com in MEU's source code. Other than the forum topic, that's the only one I could find. Unless I was careless and missed another source, I think that's where it's coming from...

But this problem needs to be fixed. Even if Meeks gives you guys the host file...which I'm not entirely sure if she can, other people who won't think to look here will be locked out. I'm not sure if sharing a host file reveals too much personal information about one's computer. But like I said, Meeks knows about that better than I do. :hmm:

Mr. Dust - December 18, 2011 06:45 AM (GMT)
Getting IM's from people that say they can't access the site "at all", so I concur, something needs to be done pronto!

[Huh.. haven't seen that word used in a LONG time! :D]

Jet - December 18, 2011 07:16 AM (GMT)
some one go here and post the problem to the main invision service provider page.

http://if.invisionfree.com/index/

WorpeX - December 18, 2011 02:58 PM (GMT)
I'm getting pretty good at stopping at the right time, but this shit is annoying. Those who want to access the cbox but don't have impeccable timing, click the following link:

http://cbox.ws/?n=3-2829048-9pragc

EDIT: Nevermind, my timing isn't as awesome as I thought. Either I fixed the issue using the host file or it went away.

Those who are unfamiliar with this tool, it is basically just a text file inside your windows folders which blocks or redirects any websites which are on the list. It is 100% safe to edit this file and it is very easy to do as well.


Those who want to access your host file, here is how you do it:

1: Open "My Computer"
2: Navigate to Local Disk C:
3: Click on "Windows" (Note: You may need to click on "View protected windows files" if asked.)
4: Click on "System32"
5: Click on "drivers"
6: Click on "etc"
7: Right click on the "hosts" file and click on properties. Be sure that "Read-only" is not checked. If it is, uncheck it and click ok.
8: Double click on "hosts". Windows will ask you to choose the file to open with.
9: Open with Notepad
10: Scroll to the very bottom of the list and add the following lines:

127.0.0.1 ripway.com
127.0.0.1 pagesinxt.com

11: Save and close. Right click your hosts file again, go to properties and click the check box for "Read-only". (This is done to protect outside applications from accessing your host file without your permission.)
12: Victory!

Again, I don't know if this will solve the issue, but ripway doesn't appear to be loading for me anymore and Viyu claimed it to work for her. Lastly, it didn't stop immediately after editing the host file, it took a few minutes.

EDIT 2: I just asked others and they say that ripway is still loading for them, so this must be a fix!

EDIT 3: Make sure you're a computer administrator. If you are not, scroll down to my next post for a work-around.

Mr. Dust - December 18, 2011 11:23 PM (GMT)
I can vouch that the above method works, well done Worp! :D

Pandut - December 18, 2011 11:29 PM (GMT)
I hate Windows 7. Despite me being the Admin, it will not let me modify the file without the Admin's permission.

WorpeX - December 18, 2011 11:48 PM (GMT)
I found a fix for those who are having issues with administrator privileges (Windows Vista/7). This should work, in theory, although I haven't actually tested it myself. Other websites confirm that this works though.

Step 1. Open your Windows start menu, search for the notepad application and then right click the notepad icon.

Step 2. Choose “Run as administrator” and then, while inside notepad, browse to folder (/windows/system32/drivers/etc) that contains the hosts file.

You can now edit and save that file in the same folder without any issues. To recap, the trick is that instead of directly opening a protected file in the associated application, you run the application first as an administrator and then open the file inside it.

Pandut - December 18, 2011 11:51 PM (GMT)
Lol, I kinda don't have a "Run as Administrator" option. The only profile on my PC that I use is the admin profile, so I haven't a clue why it's not letting me edit system32 files.

Guru VII - December 19, 2011 08:01 AM (GMT)
Worpex it does work, I know because I used this in the past.

Pandut, right click on notepad (the icon/program in your Accessories submenu) and choose run as adminsitrator... if you don't have that then you aren't running vista/win 7.

The reason it is so, is for added security, which is something that should be appreciated in this day and age. It prevents all sort of crap of installing on your computer without your permission, while on win xp, a program could access the host file and blacklist google.

Pandut - December 19, 2011 08:24 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Guru VII @ 19 December 2011, 03:01 am)
Worpex it does work, I know because I used this in the past.

Pandut, right click on notepad (the icon/program in your Accessories submenu) and choose run as adminsitrator... if you don't have that then you aren't running vista/win 7.

The reason it is so, is for added security, which is something that should be appreciated in this day and age. It prevents all sort of crap of installing on your computer without your permission, while on win xp, a program could access the host file and blacklist google.

Aaah! It worked! Victory! I have victorrrrryyyy!

judodave - December 19, 2011 08:51 AM (GMT)
Thanks Worpex, worked like a charm!

Mr. Dust - December 19, 2011 09:07 AM (GMT)
If there was a "Thank" button here, I'd click it for you Worp. ;)

EnigmaticStranger - December 19, 2011 02:17 PM (GMT)
Yes, it works! A thousand thanks to you, Worpe :D

WorpeX - December 19, 2011 02:32 PM (GMT)
Please message anyone you have contact with outside of MEU (MSN) from this site and redirect them here so more people are able to access the site properly!

@Eni/Judo/Pandut/Dust: I'm glad that worked for you guys! :)

Rasengod7 - December 20, 2011 02:05 AM (GMT)
The issue is now fixed and the site is back to normal. Thanks for the workarounds WorpeX. That site should not be popping up again.

The issue seemed to be plaguing all IF forums and was found in the board wrappers. I was able to find and remove it. It was hidden near the affiliates section which made it harder to find xD.

Viyu - December 20, 2011 02:17 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Rasengod7 @ 19 December 2011, 09:05 pm)
The issue is now fixed and the site is back to normal. Thanks for the workarounds WorpeX. That site should not be popping up again.

The issue seemed to be plaguing all IF forums and was found in the board wrappers. I was able to find and remove it. It was hidden near the affiliates section which made it harder to find xD.

<_< You didn't think to use ctrl F?

In any case Rasen, thanks for resolving the issue. But.... There needs to be better preparation so this crap doesn't happen again. People waited days to get back into the forum, and it was difficult for anyone to reach you in a timely manner. I don't know why you're not here regularly, and frankly, (and forgive me if this sounds harsh), but I don't give an ass anymore. Something needs to be done in case of emergencies like these.

Legendary Elite - December 20, 2011 05:09 AM (GMT)
Let's all go to the bar and celebrate! Rounds on me!

descro - February 29, 2012 06:31 PM (GMT)
can someone show me how to do it from a mac?

Viyu - February 29, 2012 08:25 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (descro @ 29 February 2012, 01:31 pm)
can someone show me how to do it from a mac?

To do what from a mac? I'm not sure what you mean.

descro - February 29, 2012 11:18 PM (GMT)
i am able to access My Computer, buy of course on a Mac we dont have the option "Windows" to follow the necessary steps. I was wondering if someone can show me the way to do it since I cannot follow the same process.

Viyu - March 1, 2012 05:01 AM (GMT)
Are you saying the ripway issue is causing you problems accessing this site or another site? I was pretty sure Rasen fixed it. :mellow:

descro - March 2, 2012 04:21 AM (GMT)
im confused now... i saw the link to this webiste when i looked about ripway and how it was blockiing the access to the intended website that i wanted to access. And if were taking about the same webiste then im still not able to access.

Viyu - March 2, 2012 09:47 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (descro @ 01 March 2012, 11:21 pm)
im confused now... i saw the link to this webiste when i looked about ripway and how it was blockiing the access to the intended website that i wanted to access. And if were taking about the same webiste then im still not able to access.

Ok, I see. You will have to update your host file to block the advertisement in order to block the site. According to my sister, there's a number of bugs such as the search feature that invision is not fixing because they want people to upgrade to their new messageboard formats. Anyway. To block advertisements you don't want to access, one member (Worpex) offered the following steps:



QUOTE
1: Open "My Computer"
2: Navigate to Local Disk C:
3: Click on "Windows" (Note: You may need to click on "View protected windows files" if asked.)
4: Click on "System32"
5: Click on "drivers"
6: Click on "etc"
7: Right click on the "hosts" file and click on properties. Be sure that "Read-only" is not checked. If it is, uncheck it and click ok.
8: Double click on "hosts". Windows will ask you to choose the file to open with.
9: Open with Notepad
10: Scroll to the very bottom of the list and add the following lines:

127.0.0.1 ripway.com
127.0.0.1 pagesinxt.com

11: Save and close. Right click your hosts file again, go to properties and click the check box for "Read-only". (This is done to protect outside applications from accessing your host file without your permission.)
12: Victory!

Again, I don't know if this will solve the issue, but ripway doesn't appear to be loading for me anymore and Viyu claimed it to work for her. Lastly, it didn't stop immediately after editing the host file, it took a few minutes.

EDIT 2: I just asked others and they say that ripway is still loading for them, so this must be a fix!

EDIT 3: Make sure you're a computer administrator. If you are not, scroll down to my next post for a work-around.

descro - March 2, 2012 11:04 PM (GMT)
i see, well taht brings me to my original question, because im using a mac when i go to Disk C y dont have the next step that is go to "Windows", i was wondering how can i update the host file since i cannot do it that way.




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