Google adds malware warning to search

In an unexpected move from Google, the company has now placed malware infection warnings in search results for users whose connections appear suspicious with the search giant. As seen in the image below, the large warning appears on a search result page, warning the user and suggesting as to how to resolve the problem.

Google posted on their blog that they recently picked up unusual search traffic activity while performing regular maintenance at one of their data centers. In doing so, they determined it was caused by a specific strain of malware that was sending data to Google through intermediary proxy servers. The company has therefore decided to use the results of the discovery to warn all users that exhibit similar suspicious activity. Users may 'test' their computers by simply searching for a word on the search engine site.

The malware itself, according to Google, arrived on peoples' computers through around 100 different variants of fake anti-virus software and has so far believed to have infected 2 million machines worldwide. Damian Menscher, who works for Google as a security engineer said, "we hope that by taking steps to notify users whose traffic is coming through these proxies, we can help them update their antivirus software and remove the infections."

While some may feel that Google's efforts are somewhat breaching in privacy, there are many computer users around the world that would benefit from such a warning appearing on their screens. A significant number of computer owners are not aware that their devices have been infected and so this will no doubt go a long way to benefiting that demographic.

Image Source: Google.com

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Midnight Mick said,
It would be better if Google bought a license to implement the wot toolbar ( http://www.mywot.com/ ) as part of their standard search function instead.


As long as it doesn't actually require installing the toolbar then that would be fine with me as an OPTION.

Ha, if I didn't know this was a legit Google thing it's the kinda warning I would tell most users to not only ignore but to stay the hell away from. Looks just like some of those fake warnings that actually infect you by clicking on them.

it is my belief that MOST infections come from ROGUE websites, that are obtained by Google searches in the first place. So wouldn't it be nice if Google really wanted to be "innovative", to somehow scan the infected pages that they so casually stick up on their search results to make sure there is no rogue code in there. They should have started doing that 10 years ago. Don't leave anything up to the user, do YOUR job, spend YOUR money and don't put up results for bad pages.

i believe google should say anything is your computer not google so is your problem if you install or allow any search bar to be install and get infected

Gaara sama said,
i believe google should say anything is your computer not google so is your problem if you install or allow any search bar to be install and get infected

nevermind

Gaara sama said,
i believe google should say anything is your computer not google so is your problem if you install or allow any search bar to be install and get infected

What I think this guy was attempting to say.

Gaara sama said,
i believe google should say anything is your computer not google so is your problem if you install or allow any search bar to be install and get infected

English fail.

Gaara sama said,
i believe google should say anything is your computer not google so is your problem if you install or allow any search bar to be install and get infected
wtf?

Awesome Google! Good idea but i think one problem it might have is that a lot of users are already accustomed to ignoring warning about viruses, given all those stupid "you've got 1000 viruses, fix your system now!" ads.

_DP said,
But how long until the malware starts to fake this too?
Very true, something tells me Google didn't think the implications of this through properly.