Google Warns Users about Malware Infection
Article by George Norman
On 20 Jul 2011
Some users will be presented with a yellow prompt when using the Google search engine, prompt that says their machines are infected with malware. That’s because the Mountain View-based search engine giant has uncovered traffic patterns consistent with malware infection; and if the user’s computer displays those traffic patterns, then the yellow warning prompt will show up.

Here’s how the prompt looks like.


Advertising

The Learn how to fix this link in the prompt leads to this webpage. The webpage presents detailed instruction on how to install antivirus software, how to update antivirus software, and how to perform a system scan using antivirus software. The webpage also provides instructions on how to manully remove the malware in case the system scan doesn’t detect it or in case the antivirus software did not clean the entire infection.

Damian Menscher, Security Engineer on the Google Online Security team, explained that Google came across the malware while performing routine maintenance on one of its data centers. “After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending this modified traffic, we determined that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software,” said Menscher.

Menscher went on to say that infected machines send traffic through a small number of proxies (intermediary servers). When Google detects that traffic is generated via these proxies, it will present the user with a notification. Google hopes that when the user sees the prompt he will update the antivirus product he has in place and the antivirus product will remove the infection; or the user will install an antivirus product and that product will remove the infection.

Speaking of antivirus products, I am reminded of Robert Siciliano’s tip #14 for better social media security (Robert Sicialiano is an Identity Theft Expert and Consultant for McAfee). Tip 14 said that you should a security software solution and keep it up-to-date. Not just any security software solution; make sure your solution can protect against viruses, spyware, spam, has a built-in firewall and features a website safety advisor.



Tags: Google, Security, Malware
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 03 Apr 2017
Any other day of the year, Google is a serious and focused company that doesn’t mess around. But on April 1st, all seriousness goes out the window and Google shows that it has a fun side and that it loves to pull pranks.
By George Norman on 17 May 2017
Google once again drew our attention to the fact that the way people watch TV is fundamentally changing. This time, Google highlighted the fact that watching YouTube on a TV screen is on the increase, with 2 out of 3 YouTube viewers saying that they watch YouTube on their TVs.
By George Norman on 21 Jun 2017
Fidget spinners, the toys that the internet loves to hate, have managed to grab Google’s attention. The search engine is offering a virtual fidget on desktop as well as mobile. Simply search for "spinner" and Google Search will bring up a fidget spinner quick answer card.
By George Norman on 14 Aug 2017
Opera Max, the Android app that uses compression technology to help you save data and get up to 50% more from your data plan, has been discontinued. The app is no longer featured on Opera.com and it’s no longer listed on Google Play.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Google Warns Users about Malware Infection
HTML Linking Code