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Spyware versus spyware

Hmmm … within the last 20 minutes, I started getting a message that my Mac has either a virus or a spyware problem whenever I try to access a Blogspot blog. The message, from Google (which owns Blogspot), begins:

We’re sorry … but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

It happens with both Firefox and Safari, but I have no problem accessing non-Blogspot sites. I could install a spyware-wiping program, but this review says wiping out all my private data, including cookies, should accomplish the same thing. Which I just did. No go.

Interestingly enough, I can’t even view Media Nation, although I can get into Blogger in order to post, edit and moderate comments.


11:25 a.m. update: Shhh! I just switched to a neighbor’s WiFi connection, and everything works fine. I’ll try rebooting our network later today.

1:15 p.m. update: Seems to be OK now, without rebooting.


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  1. adamg

    Bad Google, bad.I just got a report just like yours from somebody trying to access another Blogspot site linked from mine. I connected just fine (same with Media Nation, obviously). Sounds like they’re installing some new security software and it’s not just working quite right.But hmm, how will you see this comment? :-).

  2. jhall

    I was having a terrible time, just getting my Blogspot site to load all yesterday afternoon. Seems better today, but there is definitely something up.

  3. Anonymous

    Any time you get a “virus” alert on a Mac, it’s some kind of extension or protocol issue. You don’t have a virus.(Except the one that makes you promote Keller.)

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