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Hi, I have an academic site publicly hosted on GitHub along with downloadable files or tools. One such file is an Excel spreadsheet for tracking time spent working. For some reason my Malwarebytes extension is blocking the file download. It didn't do this before, and I recently had my student club promote it, so of course I would like for it not to be blocked by my peers trying to download it.

It says it blocked it because it is suspicious because it has low traffic (see screenshot). This is a new site and also an academic site so I suppose this is normal.

The URL is: https://remi-theriault.com/work-tracker.xlsx

Let me know if you need any additional information. Thank you!

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The site has been whitelisted. Please allow 15-30 minutes for changes to take effect. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The reason it was blocked it because Microsoft Office files (DOC/DOCX/XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX) are favorites of the bad guys for injecting malware into, and once the unsuspecting user runs them (always trusting macros, because that's what unsuspecting users do), they get infected.

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