Google Issuing Malware Warnings To Searchers

Jul 21, 2011 • 9:32 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google is no longer just giving users search results when they conduct a search at Google. They are now looking for malware on your computer and if they find it, issuing you a warning that your computer appears to be infected with a of form of malware or a virus.

The warning looks like this (click on it to increase the size):

Google Malware Warning

Google has said:

  • The malware appears to have gotten onto users' computers from one of roughly a hundred variants of fake antivirus, or "fake AV" software that has been in circulation for a while. We aren't aware of a common name for the malware.
  • We believe a couple million machines are affected by this malware.
  • We've heard from a number of you that you're thinking about the potential for an attacker to copy our notice and attempt to point users to a dangerous site instead. It's a good security practice to be cautious about the links you click, so the spirit of those comments is spot-on. We thought about this, too, which is why the notice appears only at the top of our search results page. Falsifying the message on this page would require prior compromise of that computer, so the notice is not a risk to additional users.
  • In the meantime, we've been able to successfully warn hundreds of thousands of users that their computer is infected. These are people who otherwise may never have known.

Google has been labeling sites that have malware on them for years. Now Google is warning searchers if their computers have malware. I should note, this isn't a replacement for virus and malware software but it doesn't hurt. If anything, it takes away people from their original search, making Google less money and advertisers less money. But at what cost?

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07/21/2011 01:40 pm

Hmmm, I wonder if we'll see malware spring up now that injects this message into Google SERPS to encourage users to download some kind of fake anit-spyware product!

Black Seo Guy

07/21/2011 02:27 pm

Why do people create Malwear just a waste if time? They really need to get a life. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"


07/21/2011 02:31 pm

Usually to build a large 'sleeper cell' of computers. Basically it gives them access to thousands of machines. They can then use these machines to DDOS a site (such as what Anonymous tends to do) or do one of a million other things. 

Subhash Prajapati

07/21/2011 03:05 pm

If  malwear infected website. How we can remove malwear from website.


07/21/2011 09:16 pm

That is a seriously cool thing to do. Noble also, as you say it will cost them money.

Home Remedies MD

07/21/2011 11:35 pm

That is why it is so important to have Google Webmaster installed on your sites so you can detect this issue when it happens


07/22/2011 04:53 am

Google its improving its every bit from search results to providing new new applications and tools.  And now Google will provide Malware warnings to search users will be of great help for them to know that their PC is infected. Nice post and I am sure a lot of people will like it.

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07/22/2011 07:36 am

Olso they make great success in Android developing!


07/22/2011 10:16 am

dont know what happend but it was going on and now it seems to be fixed everything i googled came up malware well i think they got it as it isnt doing it any more cheers google hope u figure out what went wrong and keep it from doing it again.


07/22/2011 05:51 pm

I am not surprised Google is doing this & for FREE . It would have been left for the GOV. (US ) to intercede & make the ISP's protect the consumer for Millions of losses that came from malware that was sent through their network to fix . Then the cost would have been doubled and taxed and passed on to consumer . Thanks Google one again you Do the Right thing and so much more !  W.W.G.D.  ! That should be what those asses in DC should be asking themselves . But if they were top quality like Google then we would not be in this mess .  Thanks Google you ROCK & do it with fantastic Results both with consumer & the bottom line !

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08/13/2011 09:06 am

google is useful!!!


08/14/2011 07:02 am

Google's approach is certainly a great gain....


11/03/2011 09:59 am

if they were top quality like Google then we would not be in this mess .

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