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9:27 pm on Feb 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

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 his website (I submitted a removal request here [help.twitter.com]) and I noticed that Twitter also blocked publishing any tweets containing this domain name (I also submitted a removal request from here [help.twitter.com]).

My worry is which other providers/services/antivirus should I be worrying about ?
12:12 am on Mar 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], Corobori!
12:19 am on Mar 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Probably every spam list out there as well.

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2:25 am on Mar 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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That is really unfortunate. It will be easier to change your domain name, while you sort out your first choice.
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Search terms to look for might include things like the following, and their serps generally will suggest other search terms too...

- email blacklists
- dns blacklists
- malware domain blacklists
- blackists computing
- about blacklists

3:58 am on Mar 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Keep this in mind. If the domain really is that desirable, and the client is determined enough (and patient enough!), bull through.

Address each blacklist when uncovered. Clean the domain. Offer proof it is valid (by being squeaky clean) and having VALUE that is obvious.

It will not be easy. It will not be QUICK, and it will not be CHEAP as hosting costs and expenses will continue regardless of outcome.

It can be done. It won;t be easy.

But it can be a claim to fame along the way and might, just MIGHT, burnish the "brand" (domain) along the way. Not all futures are dark or difficult.

Sometimes hard work and perseverance pays off.
12:55 pm on Mar 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Thank you guys for your reply. I checked out various blacklists, about 10 of them, and so far only one red flag was raised in urlvoid for bitdefender

The client doesn't want to change his domain name, we thought about the .com extension but at US$5.000 this is way behind what he can afford.

And tangor is right: it won't be quick.