Site redirects

RBrodzinsky Oct 6, 2018

  1. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    My question in regards viruses would be why it would only affect one website? My home computer is acting normally for everything else except TB access.
     
  2. SLSF Freak

    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Regarding one website- the redirect is likely being caused by a javascript command which resides in webpage code...specific to our webpage. All it's doing is sending you to the other website. Thankfully that other website appears to be down so whatever it is for, does not appear to be working. The other website could be designed to trick you into downloading something harmful, we just don't know yet. Ignore any popups, don't click on them, not even the "X" - press ESC to close them or ALT-F4 or as a last resort open up a task manager and kill the browser if it won't let you close. Those clicks are what gets us in trouble. But like I said whatever that website is it does not appear to be working any longer. I'm inching towards a theory in tandom with @bremner - I'll probably post back with some things for folks to try if we don't get it fixed shortly...
     
  3. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member

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    My chrome redirecting now too.
     
  4. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    I had the redirect problem on my laptop on Friday, but it worked just now, so it doesn’t seem like an individual device problem.
     
  5. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    Well, we know what it is now! It's weird! :confused:
     
  6. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    How is it now for you?
     
  7. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Still getting the site loading forever until I manually stop the load (Chrome iOS 12 iPad). Safari is now redirect free.

    Will kill all apps, and do a system reboot. See if Chrome gets back to normal.
     
  8. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nope, Chrome still spins the “loading” icon until I stop it. Then page is good. Open a thread, icon spins (no redirection address) until stopped, then page loaded correctly.
     
  9. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    I had to flush my cache
     
  10. wvgca

    wvgca TrainBoard Member

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    win10 /pc/ firefox ... redirected once, first load
    after that , okay it seems
     
  11. Carolina Northern

    Carolina Northern TrainBoard Member

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    Bremner,

    Thanks for all of your work to correct this.

    Don
     
  12. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ran CCleaner and am now able to get in. Has me thinking that a cookie was acting like a trigger.
     
  13. ViperBugloss

    ViperBugloss TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for repairing the Trainboard website. I use the Google Chrome browser and Malwarebytes picked up the problem immediately. (This was on Friday, I think). I checked a few times over the weekend but kept getting the same problem. Checked this morning (in the UK) and back to normal, so now catching up on my usual topics, Z Scale, DCC & Electronics, and Layout Design Discussion.

    I really appreciate that you have managed to get things going again, as you are volunteers, and have spent the weekend on this.



    Rob Pearce (aka ViperBugloss)
     
  14. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Bremner, thank you very much. (y):cool:
     
  15. Atani

    Atani TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks @bremner for fixing up the weirdness with the js redirects. I would suggest a backup be taken of the static files for the site so that can be used in the future for restoring service etc.

    Also for those that wonder why it was working for some and not for others, some browsers will send an http request to check the staleness of the cached copies and if the server provides an expiration for the cache the browser should respect that. I can see some of the responses from the server include the "Expires" header and virtually all include a "Last-Modified" header. It is entirely up to the browser how it behaves with cached data and in most cases it would appear that the browser was not sending a request for updated data and instead used the local cache until we purged the cached data.
     
  16. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I cleared out all of my cookies, browsing data, etc. on MS Edge and all is well now. Thanks for the fix! (y)
     
  17. Xmtrman

    Xmtrman TrainBoard Member

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    Chrome & Edge on Windows 10.
    Redirects every 5 seconds.
    I posted this by cut & paste.
    Site unusable.
     
  18. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    On the iPad, had to flush cache and cookies/site data. Will need to reset a bunch of things, i guess
     
  19. ViperBugloss

    ViperBugloss TrainBoard Supporter

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    Before I checked Trainboard today, I had done a clean up on my computer, which uses Window 10 and Chrome. The clean up was not connected to the Trainboard problem but because the computer was running slowly.

    I closed all Chrome windows and then I reopened one, and ran History Eraser. I then powered down (shut down) and powered up again. This was rather than doing a restart. Once I was running again, I scanned using Malwarebytes, before trying Trainboard again. It may be worth trying the power off, power on sequence to clear any cached memory.

    Rob Pearce (aka Viper Bugloss)
     
  20. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Working for me. Thanks for your work!
     

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