Google Updates Binary Malware Or Unwanted Software Webmaster Tools Help Page

Mar 2, 2015 • 7:33 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Hacked Sites Help CenterGoogle said the other day that they are now going to warn searchers before going to sites that trigger unwanted downloads.

Menashe Avramov noticed that Google has updated the binary malware or unwanted software help document with a lot more verbiage and detail around what types of pages would fall within this realm.

They added two more sections under the common policies section including:

  • Explicitly detail what browser and system changes will be made. Your program should allow users to review and approve all significant installation options and changes without making false or misleading claims, for example, falsely claiming the system is in a critical security state or infected with viruses.
  • Make the uninstallation process findable, simple, and non-threatening. You program should have clearly-labeled instructions for returning the browser and/or system to its previous settings. The uninstaller should remove all components and not deter the user from continuing the uninstall process, for instance by claiming potential negative effects on the user’s system or privacy if the software is uninstalled.

Plus they made several changes within the document itself. Menashe documented much of it in this file embedded below:

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