Google to warn people about malicious websites

Written by Ryan Garside

August 8, 2006 // 1:19 p.m.

Tags: #adware #badware #coalition #google #malware #spam #spyware #stop #virus #viruses

Google has upped the ante with regards to beating malware, by letting searchers know if the site they are looking for is responsible for giving users malicious software.

Google are working with the Stop Badware Coalition to decide which sites need to be flagged up. Whenever people click on a dodgy link Google will whisk the user off to a warning web page, informing you of the dangers that lie ahead.

The options Google will then offer you are: try another search, select a different result from your search or if you fancy testing your computers security system, proceed ahead. Google has said that in the future they will make these warning page far more specific, letting users know what specific threats they may encounter.

The effort is aimed at stopping the increasing spread of malicious software to people's computers. With the Stop Badware movement being run by a Harvard Professor and last weeks spam filter study taking place in a university it would seem that the academics are on the trail of all the bad things on the internet. Surely that can only be a good thing.

Is this a positive move by Google to protect us? Or are they getting too involved in our searches? Let us know your views in the forums.

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