How to fix my deceptor

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Why is my program included in the Virus Activity Deceptors List?

If your website, application or service is included in the Virus Activity database and is listed as a Deceptor, it means that it failed to fit the Deceptor requirements developed by AppEsteem and Virus Activity. You can find them in Rules page.

The main goal of these requirements is to encourage app developers and site owners to get rid of what we believe deceptive behavior. While Virus Activity Extension is not a substitute for antivirus or security products, it protects users from different kinds of issues and losses by integrating specific procedures to determine whether the site, app or service is a Deceptor.

Nevertheless, if your product has ended up on the Virus Activity Deceptors List, you can remove it from there if you make the required changes to comply with rules developed by Virus Activity and AppEsteem.

How did you decide to include my website, app or service to Virus Activity Deceptors List?

The site, app or service was included in the Virus Activity Deceptors database after it was discovered by our team during a checkup or was reported to us by our users.

Virus Activity team is always in search of potential Deceptors. During this procedure, we rely on tech-related forums, social platforms, security news websites and other sources that include comments, reviews, and opinions from users and security experts.

Once we receive any concern, we perform a thorough and independent behavior analysis to check for possible violations. If any are found, the site/app/service is listed as a Deceptor and the data is included in the Virus Activity Extension. In some cases, we might contact you to inform about the issues that we found.

How do cybersecurity companies respond after they find out that a website/app/service is a Deceptor?

Our goal is to encourage security companies to pay at least some attention to the Virus Activity Deceptors classification and warn their users about unsafe practices detected during the analysis. We are also looking forward to suggestions for collaboration in investigating websites, apps, and services.

Can Virus Activity disable a Deceptor themselves?

No, we do not hold the ability to block, disable or remove a particular website, application or service signed as a Deceptor from the user’s browser or computer system. The aim of this project is to help users identify safe applications, websites, and services from potentially suspicious or dangerous ones.

Why did Virus Activity decide to launch the Deceptors Program?

The main goal of our company is to make a significant change in online security which has been slightly dismissed by security vendors these days. According to our expectations, the Internet should become a better place as website owners and service providers will have to comply with specific Virus Activity rules set to eliminate dangerous behavior.

What to do if I found my website, app or service in the Virus Activity Deceptors List?

To remove your website, app or service from the Virus Activity Deceptors List, you have to make the required changes to comply with rules developed by our team. If you think that you eliminated issues with your site or app, and need the reevaluation, use Contact us form to reach our team. If we find any issues with your reevaluation, we might contact you for some additional information.

If your website, app or service still does not fit our Deceptor Requirements, you might have to wait for 2-3 weeks for the next review by our security team.

Once we agree that you made required changes to get rid of all problems related to your website, application or service, and it no longer violates our Deceptor Rules, we will mark it as safe for use.

Will security companies reenable my site, app or service after it is removed from the Virus Activity Deceptors List?

If we decide that a particular website, application or service fits the Virus Activity Deceptor Requirements, we will mark it as safe. These changes will be visible to everyone, including security organizations. However, we are not responsible for how do they respond.

What to do if my site, app or service was included in the Virus Activity Deceptors List by mistake?

If you have doubts about the classification of your website, application or service, feel free to Contact us. For a closer investigation, our team might require to provide us more detailed information on your program or service. Afterward, we will launch the reevaluation procedure as fast as possible to mark it as safe.

Is it possible to ask for a reevaluation procedure?

Our company allows as many reevaluation procedures as needed. If you feel that all issues with your site, app or service are eliminated or that you are included in the Virus Activity Deceptors List mistakenly, use Contact us form to reach our team. Have in mind that, in order to be removed from the Virus Activity Deceptors List, your website, application or service has to fit ALL of the Deceptor Rules.

Do you accept monetary payments in exchange for removing a site, app or service from the Virus Activity Deceptors List?

We do not accept any fees or other types of payments in exchange for not including or removing a Deceptor from the Virus Activity Deceptors List. Our Deceptor services are free of charge.

Our team has started analyzing malware in 2004 and it is just one step further to a simple yet very complicated goal of creating a better environment for users online.

Is marking my site, app or service as a Deceptor not going to interfere with my business and consumers?

Our goal is not to interfere with someone’s business, but to help users find a safer way to browse the web. Additionally, we have no ability to block or remove someone’s website, application or service to prevent its usage. Virus Activity project is only seeking to inform people about potentially suspicious or dangerous websites, applications or services that include some type of violation identified by Virus Activity team.

Should I take legal actions against your company due to the fact that you included my site, app or service into the Virus Activity Deceptors List?

We understand that you might have questionable feelings about our decision. However, we want to remind that we are working towards the goal which is to make the Internet a better place and help people improve their online security.

We believe that a better option for you would be to fix your website, application or service and request for reevaluation rather than take legal actions against our company.

We want to remind that we have no intention of blocking or removing sites, apps or services from the usage.

Does Virus Activity announce about every website, app or service that was included in the Deceptors List?

Virus Activity team has been trying to take this project very seriously. We think that there would be no point in putting an effort into such a project and not posting our findings publicly. The goal is to reveal all suspicious, misleading or infectious websites, applications, and services and let users know about them.

Nevertheless, we have come to the conclusion that if the Virus Activity Deceptors List is not revealed and information about each Deceptor found is not posted online, the developers of bogus apps and services might try to hide their products from detection instead of increasing their quality and safety level.

However, there might be some cases when the potential Deceptor will not be put up on the Deceptor List immediately. If we make contact with you and you agree to fix the suspicious behavior of your website, application or service instantly, and initiated changes meet the Deceptor Requirements, it might not end up on the Virus Activity Deceptors List.

We will include your website, application or service as a Deceptor if it strongly violates multiple Deceptors Rules, if we discover negative user reports, or if any reliable security company provides as with an example of a particular violation. By going public, we seek to encourage all developers to take care of their websites, applications or services to fix them a soon as possible. If you still have any questions, feel free to Contact us.