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Avast popup - possible malwaretising from vc.hotjar.io?

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Avast popup - possible malwaretising from vc.hotjar.io?

I received several popups in Avast blocking me from vc.hotjar.io site which is blacklisted. I checked with Virustotal and it shows as detected by only one engine at the moment, so it could be a false positive, or it could be zero-day new threat which is not detected by others yet.

While Hotjar is a legit behavior analytics company, probably used by RFD, their extensions may be hijacked.

Since popup is clearly linked to RFD page so I will let you investigate.
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Comodo link showing this site as malware. https://verdict.valkyrie.comodo.com/url ... .hotjar.io
Last edited by ag2000 on May 11th, 2020 7:41 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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In discontinued iOS Forum app, this hotjar link pop up all the time
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Hotjar is indeed a service we use on RFD for user analytics. It looks like yesterday one of their content delivery network IPs got blocked by mistake by Avast:

https://status.hotjar.com/incidents/njw1hs2jj88x

It looks like the incident has been resolved and the false positive fixed on Avast's side, so hopefully that means no more alerts in Avast. If you're still seeing block alerts in Avast, try updating and see if that fixes the issue.
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