Google Marking Malicious Websites in Search

Google Malware warnings
Google has started a public service that has been a long time coming if you ask me, they are putting links that say This site may harm your computer, check out this site search for a good example, kohit.net, and guess what, if you click on any of the links, you still can’t get there. You have to actually copy the url and paste it into the address bar, something most people probably won’t do.

I mentioned in August last year that Google started to show malware warnings if you click on a search result from a harmful site. Now Google shows a message below the title of a search result: “This site may harm your computer.” Even if you click on the title, you won’t be able to visit the site: Google explains you once again that the site could be dangerous and recommends you to visit another search results or to change your query. The only way to visit the site is to copy the URL and paste it in the address bar, which is not an obvious or a trivial task for an ordinary computer user. Source: Google Flags Pages that Install Malicious Software

This is great, I salute Google and the fatc that they are trying to protect their users, much as some of us ordinary webmasters, Kudos Google. Here is the explanation from Google Help.

This warning message appears with search results that we’ve identified as sites that may install malicious software on your computer. We want our users to feel safer when they search the web, and we’re continuously working to identify such dangerous sites and increase protection for our users.

Malicious software is often installed without your knowledge or permission when you visit these sites. Some examples of malicious software include programs that delete data on your computer, steal personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers, or alter your search results. Source: Why do some of my search results say “This site may harm your computer?”

This should save lots of users from clicking on bad links, and something that should’ve been done a long time ago.