The Dangerous Side of Search Engines
Who knew an innocent search for "screensavers" could be so dangerous? It may actually be the riskiest word to type into Google's search engine. Odds are, more than half of the links that Google returns take you to Web sites loaded with either spyware or adware. You might also face getting bombarded with spam if you register at one of those sites with your email address.
A recently released study, coauthored by McAfee and anti-spyware activist Ben Edelman, found that sponsored results from top search engines AOL, Ask.com, Google, MSN, and Yahoo can often lead to Web sites that contain spyware and scams, and are operated by people who love to send out spam. PCWorld.com - Net Watchdog: The Dangerous Side of Search Engines
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