Google search detects infected computers

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


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."

(c) 2011 AFP

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