Google search detects infected computers

July 20, 2011
Google began warning some users of its popular Internet search service that their computers may be infected with a virus.

Google on Tuesday began warning some users of its popular Internet search service that their computers may be infected with a virus.

Routine maintenance on one of the technology giant's data centers revealed unusual traffic from computers infected with a form of , according to security engineer Damian Menscher.

The traffic was sent to Google through intermediary referred to as "proxies," Menscher said.

Google began delivering warning notices along with search results to computers that appear infected with the virus.

"We hope that by taking steps to notify users whose traffic is coming through these proxies, we can help them update their antivirus software and remove the infections," Menscher said in a blog post.

"We hope to use the knowledge we've gathered to assist as many people as possible."

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88HUX88
not rated yet Jul 20, 2011
do no evil
jtdrexel
not rated yet Jul 20, 2011
Google is one of the best corporations on the planet with respect to consumer benefits! [PERIOD] Not to sound like a google-fan-boy but they really come out on top in terms of the amount of free and very useful stuff offered to the public at large!
Nik_2213
not rated yet Jul 20, 2011
Oh, dear-- The next lot of spam you get may pretend to be from Google...
Burnerjack
not rated yet Jul 21, 2011
Why aren't the beneficiaries of spam fined? This would certainly lessen the value of this practice.

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