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Google warns users infected by malware

Google warns users infected by malware

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Yesterday, Google started putting a yellow box with a warning at the top of search results pages for users who may have been infected with a certain kind of malware.

The warning says "Your computer appears to be infected. It appears that your computer is infected with software that intercepts your connection to Google and other sites." It looks like this:


Google says on their official blog that the malware is a particular strain that redirects an infected Windows computer's search results through proxies -- middlemen machines that hijack communications between search engines and users. The malware is believed to have been spread through fake antivirus software and a couple million machines are likely infected.

Following the link to "Learn how to fix this" leads to basic instructions on running your antivirus software to remove the infection.

To echo The Consumerist and Krebs readers, let's hope scammers don't start spoofing the look and feel of the Google notifications to trick people to click on more malware. That's been their standard tactic for some time. But unlike the fake banner ads we urge people not to click on, Google isn't trying to sell you anything.


Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 07/20/2011 04:30:45 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 !
Posted by: film studios ( Email ) at 8/20/2011 6:58 AM

It's a very good initiative, although Google doesn't catch all malware. Some still hack the browser and display image adverts, and a lot of people don't realize that it's not normal! In the end, only education can protect users
Posted by: Maxime Robert ( Email ) at 6/20/2013 6:17 AM

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