Search Engines Expose Users to Malware, Viruses

Research by McAfee’s SiteAdvisor division suggests that the spread of various forms of malware and viruses is linked to search engine usage, The Wall Street Journal reports.

That conclusion is based on an analysis of thousands of search query results pages from the industry’s leading engines, and the research says those results often link to websites that could damage users’ computers or subject them to spam e-mails, according to the Journal.

SiteAdvisor says that on average, approximately 5 percent of search results on the first five pages contain links to potentially dangerous sites, of which 3 percent are normal search results and 9 percent are paid ads, the Journal reports. SiteAdvisor: Search Engines Expose Users to Malware, Viruses - CIO News Alerts - Blog - CIO

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 12th May 2006 9:39PM