20 years I have been creating website and this one is a first. I landed a client who came up with a domain name he just bought. A very small site for a new business offering IT services nothing out of the ordinary and nothing I thought that could be a problem.
Where we hit a snag is when I started setting up the “Coming soon” page.
Surprise, surprise, my AVG antivirus forbid to open it up in my browser alleging of phishing.
A search into Google Safe Browsing was pretty clear: in the past this domain name got infected and was marked as a dangerous website, another search into the Wayback machine and I found out that my client’s domain name had indeed various previous lives, changed owner at least a couple of times, and the last time it appeared live was in March 2017.
I applied to Google for removal and we got removed pretty fast, 2 weeks ago now. My client’s problem now is that AVG Antivirus still blocks accessing this website (I contacted AVG support) and I noticed that Twitter also blocked publishing any tweets containing this domain name (I also contacted their support).
Here are the questions:
- any clue what AVG and Twitter are using to filter traffic ?
- what other software could be blocking using my client’s domain name (I installed Kasperksy on another machine and browsing that domain name works) ?
- what other surprises could we found around the corner ?