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Blogger Blogs Redirecting To "scmplayer . net"

This week, we're seeing a new stream of problem reports, from blog owners whose blogs are, once again, mysteriously redirecting their readers to unknown destinations.
When I open my blog, it automatically directs to another website, which is SCM Music Player.

This appears to be yet one more gadget, willingly installed by many Blogger blog owners, which is now redirecting uninterested viewers. The target of the redirection, in this case, is a website which is simply a commercial advertisement - for the product which was apparently installed, willingly, by the blog owners.

The website in question, "scmplayer . net", unlike some previous episodes of this nature, does not appear to be expired.
Overview for scmplayer.net

Registrar Info
Name  GODADDY.COM, LLC
Whois Server  whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL  http://registrar.godaddy.com
Status  clientDeleteProhibited, clientRenewProhibited,
 clientTransferProhibited, clientUpdateProhibited

Important Dates
Expires On  March 25, 2014
Registered On  March 25, 2011
Updated On  December 13, 2011

If we use a text only browser, such as an HTTP trace utility, the problem code is easily identified. Here's a redacted example, taken from the latest forum problem report.
<div class='widget HTML' id='HTML1'>
<div class='widget-content'>
<!-- SCM Music Player http : // scmplayer . net -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="http : // scmplayer . net/script . js"
data-config="{'skin':'skins/aquaOrange/skin.css','volume':50,'autoplay':true,'shuffle':true,'repeat':1,'placement':'top','showplaylist':false,'playlist':[{'title':'Waves','url':'http://youtu.be/IFS0Eo1eh6Y'},{'title':'Money Trees','url':'http://youtu.be/jSXiNdTbTA4'},{'title':'Keep it Moving','url':'http://youtu.be/XqRC_Fh--js'},{'title':'Find Away','url':'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS6zq6_iMCk'},{'title':'Do your Love','url':'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zVwbgXaMRo'},{'title':'Bitch Don%27t Kill My Vibe','url':'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcYvaLIgjTk'},{'title':'True Livin','url':'http://youtu.be/wMFHqqiR3Co'}]}" ></script>
<!-- SCM Music Player script end -->

From what we've seen so far, identification and removal of the problem code seems to be straightforward - just access the dashboard "Layout" menu wizard, find the gadget identified, and remove it.

As always, you are advised to clear cache and restart the browser, after removal and before testing. If the gadget makes your dashboard redirect before you can un install the misbehaving code, use a well protected browser, like Firefox with NoScript, to block the redirection.

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Comments

Dream Pedlar said…
I had a problem with SCMPlayer too. I quite liked it at first - the idea of having music on my site. But then I realized that my LinkWithin tool - to redirect readers to other similar posts - had stopped working. When I click on the 'You might also like' links, it would open a new page that said - Sorry the page you are looking for on this blog does not exist.
Also I saw a referral URLs of scmplayer.net, and on searching about this issue I came to your post. I have now removed the scmplayer.net and guess what, my LinkWithin tool is working perfectly once more!
Thank you for this post.
Cheers!

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