Google launches malware warnings

by admin August 7, 2006 at 12:11 pm

Search giant is alerting users if they visit a site suspected of hosting malicious code

Google has started warning people when search results could potentially lead them to malicious code.

The search giant is using data from the Stop Badware Coalition to flag sites that are potentially host to malicious software. Google, along with Sun and Chinese PC maker Lenovo, announced support for the group in January.

People who attempt to go to a Web site that has been identified as risky by the coalition are taken to a warning page.

“Warning ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äù the site you are about to visit may harm your computer!” the page states in bold type, then suggesting users can “learn more about malware and how to protect yourself at”.

The interrupt page suggests that users can try returning to the search page and choosing a different result, trying another search, or they can continue to the potentially malicious site.

“We’re not going to say don’t do it,” said John Palfrey, a professor at the Harvard Law School and one of the driving forces behind the effort. “What we want to do is basically give people some more information about what might happen to their computer.”

Full story: ZDNet UK