Google to Warn of 'Badware' Sites
Google said today that it has started warning Web surfers when they click on search results that may lead to sites that try to install spyware or adware on their computers.
If you do a Google search for "Asta-Killer," for example, then click on any of the top links that show up, Google will present you with a page that says "Warning -- the site you are about to visit may harm your computer!" Users are then given the option to continue to the site in question or find out more about the warning at StopBadware.org, By the way, that site does indeed throw a kitchen sink full of junk at your browser, so you're probably better off heeding the warning.
Turns out there isn't any information that I could find at StopBadware.org about why Google blocked that particular site (or any others that it blocked in my testing), but this strikes me as a good (if long overdue) first step for the world's largest search company.
I'd like to see Google eventually offer more information about what exactly these malicious sites try to do to visitors. A free browser add-on from McAfee's SiteAdvisor service will give users tons of information about why it has flagged a site as dangerous or suspicious, and I have it installed on most of the machines I use for Web browsing.
Oddly enough, SiteAdvisor does not yet have an opinion about the first result that turns up under the Asta-Killer Google search, though I imagine that its automated Web-trolling robots will produce a report about it at some point.
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