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Google malware advisory

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday January 7, 2007 )

I was running a search on Google a few minutes ago, clicked on the first listing and got something quite unexpected; an interstitial page with a Google malware advisory warning. First time I’ve struck it.

The URL took the form of:

The advisory interstitial page simply stated:

Warning – visiting this web site may harm your computer!

You can learn more about harmful web content and how to protect your computer at


Return to the previous page and pick another result.

Try another search to find what you’re looking for.

Or you can continue to at your own risk.

Advisory provided by Google.


The title tag of the page is just “Malware Warning”

Here’s a thumbnail shot of the malware advisory page, click on it for a larger image.

Google malware advisory warning - click for larger image

Clicking on the link on the Google advisory takes you to a page on the StopBadware site stating:

“The website you attempted to visit has been reported to as a site that hosts or distributes badware

You landed on this page because members of the public reported this website to as hosting or distributing badware. Though our researchers have not yet reviewed this website, once they do, this warning page will be replaced with a detailed report on the site’s badware. To see the reports we’ve done to date, click here”.

It then goes on to explain what badware is, who are and how people can protect themselves from malware. The page lists the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Oxford Internet Institute, Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems as being involved witht he project.

Curious stuff; will look into it a little more later on. A quick search on Google about the feature brings up a few mentions, mainly people who spotted the malware advisory using the Firefox search box. I’m running IE with the Google Search Toolbar, but I was also able to reproduce it by running exactly the same search on I see some Digg members reported Google tinkering with this feature as far back as August 2006.

If you’re interested in taking a look at this feature yourself, leave a comment and I’ll send you the search query details.


4 comments for Google malware advisory
  1. A little more on the Google/ alliance and process:

    Comment by Michael Bloch — January 12, 2007 @ 2:24 am

  2. […] One of the best posts I’ve found on the Google advisory […]

    Pingback by James Cooke dot info » Blog Archive » Google locked down search points to giant’s intended future — March 10, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

  3. dear friend i have a problem .i just specify that url in google search a message will appear .”This site will harm your system “. Please tell me the reason and solution for solve this problem .

    by vinod palan

    Comment by vinodpalan — February 4, 2008 @ 6:49 am

  4. Hi Vinod, this might help:

    Comment by Michael Bloch — February 5, 2008 @ 3:51 am

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