Avast Blocking Google GA.js

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Avast Blocking Google GA.jsThe entire website is riddled with malware. Every time I click on a new link, my virus blocker keeps showing me the same thing (see attachment), and while I can tolerate it, this is an incredibly useful resources for a number of my fellow personal trainers and exercise physiologists, and I think it should be addressed as soon as possible. -Micah

Thanks for reporting this issue. Throughout the site, we use the standard Google ga.js file on all pages on our site. Google Analytics is service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. It is the most widely used analytics service on the Internet, used by 10 million websites in 2012.

You are the first to report this problem to us so I had to search for further information.
It appears there is a known problem with Google Ads and Avast! Virus software triggering a false positive.

The above forum links appear to offer solutions which I do not clearly understand myself.
Perhaps you might consider using an alternative Anti-virus software? I use the free AVG Anti-Virus software and I do not experience any of these problems.
I am guessing that your colleagues who do not use Avast are not experiencing any of the same problems?
I may include this in our Question & Answer section in case others are experiencing the same issue.

Thank you tremendously for your timely response! To my knowledge, nobody else has experienced this issue. It's not a stretch of the imagination that I'm the only one using a freeware virus blocker on my apple computer either. I'll instead write to the developers at avast and see if they're aware of this issue. In the meantime, I'll disable it so I have no problems navigating ExRx.net, and maybe try a few of the proposed fixes myself. - Micah

I am the professor of Mica's class. Thanks for your response to him. We do refer to your website quite a bit in several of our classes. Thanks for keeping the website simple and easy to use, yet factual (and not gimmicky!). - Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen, Ph.D, ACSM EP-C

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