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Over the past 18 hours or so the Nexus sites have been sporadically serving a trojan file through the ads on the site. Thanks to the logs of a few astute members on the forums I was able to identify the source of the trojan attack and have hopefully now nullified it. The Nexus sites should, touch wood, no longer be serving these compromised ads any more.
Such attacks have become natural on the internet and the fix is often reactive to an attack rather than preemptive. Indeed the patch to fix this issue was only released after several big name players in the internet community had been infected by the attack. It's simply wicked people, normally from Eastern Europe and Asia, preying on individuals who aren't up-to-date with their internet security.
Please insure you take the necessary steps to properly protect yourself from such attacks. Get a good reactive anti-virus (I used AVG and have had no trace of infection despite being warned about the threat) and firewall and switch any settings you might not need to an "ask me" state.
My apologies for the breach of security on these sites.
Update: Google is reporting the site as malicious right now. This is a report from before the fix and despite the problem being fixed there is some lag on getting delisted from Googles filters. Their webmaster tools report the site is completely clear of Malware so this should just be a waiting game.
Update #2: It's now Sunday morning here in the UK and Google are still yet to unblock TESNexus from their blacklist. Fallout 3 Nexus was on their blacklist for around 8 hours and was removed early yesterday. The irony is Fallout 3 Nexus and TESNexus use the same adserver and ergo had the same issues, so if Fallout 3 Nexus is clean, so is TESNexus. Their Webmaster Tools system continues to tell me the site has been inspected and confirmed clear of issues. Please be patient while we wait for Google to pull their thumbs out.
In the mean-time if you are confident in your system's security then HugePinball has written out how to remove the false malware warning when browsing TESNexus.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce two new members in to the fold of the Nexus moderation team on a probationary period.
DarkeWolf and HugePinball have both generously answered my invite to help moderate the Nexus sites and keep them clean and tidy for everybody. Both will be great additions to the team here as they both have great histories of helping countless individuals within the community.
Please welcome them to the moderation team as without them, and the others, these sites would be anarchy.
On moderator selection
Moderators are hand-picked by me when the need arises. Potential candidates are shortlisted by all the staff based on various criteria including the obvious knowledge and skill of the individual, their helpfulness, their ability to type and convey themselves maturely and their respect for the community before a final decision is made.
Please do not contact me about becoming a moderator as no member who has asked to become a moderator has actually become one. Thank you.
The commenting system on files and images in the database has been changed. You should no longer receive a pop-up form to fill-in but instead a form will become available on the same page for you to submit. Upon submitting your comments they should become visible without the need to refresh the page yourself.
In a similar vein the "Vote for this file" and "Track this file" links on all sites have now been ajax'ified and should now pop-up in their own little notification windows.
These changes were tested on IE, Fire Fox and Chrome in various resolutions. If you come across a problem first press Ctrl + F5 in your browser; this will refresh all the content on the page from scratch rather than using your browser cache. If the problem persists please provide feedback containing the problem and how to replicate it, what browser you're using, what version of the browser you are using and at what screen resolution you're running at.
I would like to extend my thanks to Dark0ne and give him kudos for allowing us to try out a new idea and carve out a section of his forums as a dedicated area for modders and the tools they use.
We open today a new set of doors to the Nexus Forums. An entire section of the forums dedicated to the tools used for modding various games. Whether you are new to the tools or an old hat, take a look and see if you find something new or interesting. If you know of a tutorial or site that is particularly helpful to learning the tool for modding, let us know and we will add it to the main listing.
Basic information is provided about each tool, where they exist on the Internet, how much they cost (if anything), links to specific tutorials created for modding, links to general purpose tutorials and tutorial sites. If you are interested in learning Blender or want to do some research on a particular problem or want to request a tutorial for a particular subject, you now have someplace to visit that is detached from specific games. People well-versed in a particular tool or needing help that used to hang out in just one game area can now run across other people looking to give or receive help in the same area. This will improve efficiency, communication and hopefully provide a better chance to find what you are looking for.
Here are the forum sections currently available today:
--> 3D Modeling
-----> 3ds Max
-----> Miscellaneous / Other
--> 2D Imaging
-----> Adobe Photoshop
-----> Miscellaneous / Other
-----> AVS Audio Editor
-----> Source Forge
-----> Miscellaneous / Other
-----> AVS Video Editor
-----> Windows Movie Maker
-----> Miscellaneous / Other
The UK file server is now back online after being properly upgraded to handle the load from all the EU members of the site. You can now choose the UK server as one of the file servers available when downloading files larger than 2mb on all the Nexus sites.
As part of the server move and upgrade performed today on the forums I have added a new Chatroom application to the forums. Unlike the old chat room that was linked to the member bar that used to reside at the bottom of the screen the chatroom is a part of the forums themselves.
You'll need to be logged in to the forum to use them and they can be accessed here. You can also see how many users are online while on the forums in the top right corner of the page.
The chat rooms aren't meant for anything serious and you can use them to chat about anything you like. I'll be in them regularly so if you're having issues with the site you can come in and have a word with me and get some real-time support. It also possesses real-time private messaging between members that might be handy for some folks.
All-in-all a nice little gimmick in and of itself. I'll see you there.
The server move was completed at 15:45 GMT without a hitch and all the sites are now back online. The forums have also been upgraded to the latest version with a few bug fixes.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
All the Nexus sites and forums will be taken offline tomorrow from 12pm GMT for up to 8 hours while a server move is performed. The forums will be moving to a new, more powerful server that will help to relieve load and improve the speed of the sites for the coming years. It shall also provide the necessary infastructure for the upcoming release of Fallout: New Vegas.
As all the Nexus sites rely heavily on the forums to operate all the Nexus sites will be taken down as well while the move is performed. As usual the sites shall redirect to a splash page with information on the move and I'll be keeping the page updated on any progress and estimated return of service.
Thank you for your patience!
It is with great pleasure that I am releasing a new Premium Member only feature for all current and future Premium Members of the Nexus sites. The new feature, labelled "Notifications", is similar to the sort of notifications you might receive on social networking sites such as Facebook.
Located on the top bar when logged in the notification icon will tell you if you have any new notifications by turning red and will tell you how many notifications you have. Clicking the notification icon will produce a pop-up area and display the new notifications for you to browse.
Click to see the notifications in action
At this time you'll receive notifications for three different events:
- If someone comments on or endorses one of your uploaded files via one of the Nexus sites
- If one of your tracked files has a new file uploaded to it. You won't be notified of anything other than new file uploads for the files you're tracking
- If a news article is posted on the site
Your new notifications are cleared once you've viewed them and afterwards the notification window will show the 5 latest items from each list.
While annoying that this feature is limited to only Premium Members it is a resource intensive feature and the servers wouldn't be able to cope with every member having this feature. Unfortunately I don't have my own data centre and server farm to process everyone's notifications! I am however glad that I can give a new feature to the members who help towards the massive server bill the network racks up. If you are interested in donating to the site and becoming a Premium Member take a look at the premium membership information page.
Please report any errors or oddities to me in the Feedback section of the forums for me to take a look at.
I hope the Premium Members like this new feature and I'll look in to adding more notifications for different events over time such as comments on Image Share uploads.
The top bar across the three Nexus sites has been changed today to make better use of the real-estate. If you are not logged in there's a small login form for quick and easy login. If you are logged in there's a drop-down menu with quick links to some regularly used member features on the site.
I'd like to remind all users that uploading or posting "illegal" content including mods, music and files from other games or authors who have no wish to share their work is strictly prohibited on Nexus sites. This ban also includes linking to such content on other sites where perhaps the rules on such issues are not the same.
Please do not try to circumvent our rules and gain attention for your work by uploading content deemed unacceptable by our rules to other sites and then linking to said content on a Nexus site either by linking the content through a forum post or file comment, by uploading a mirror file in the file database or by posting a picture in the Image Share section with a link to the content.
Similarly do not link to sites that are known to contain illegal content irrespective of whether you direct users to the site's homepage or a specific page on the site.
If you do you face an instant ban when a moderator or admin catches you.
It is not my role or desire to dictate policy for the entire gaming community within which the Nexus sites reside and I would like nothing to do with sites that contain illegal content. If you are searching for such content I have no wish for you to find it via this site. I wish the owners of such sites all the best and their content and policies are none of my business. I stand firm on dictating policy on what content I want advertised on my own sites.
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