Google introduces malware warning to search

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Google introduces malware warning to search

Billy MacInnes
Google has introduced a warning system that alerts people using Google search that their computers have been infected with malware.

The search giant discovered the malware when it found "some unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance" on one of its data centres. According to a post by security engineer Damian Menscher the company collaborated with security engineers at a number of companies sending the modified traffic and found the computers were infected with malware.

The malware causes infected computers to send traffic to Google through a small number of proxies. According to Menscher, Google hopes that by alerting users, they can "update their antivirus software and remove the infections".

The only possible concern is whether people will believe the warning sign given that so many types of malware infection are based on false alerts of virus infections and a link to how to get rid of it. How will they be able to tell the real notification from a fake one?

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