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Google was Crowned 'King of Malware' in Analysis

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But only because Google is tops in search.

Googles strength and popularity on the internet play parts in crowing the search company as the "king of malware" by security company Barracuda Networks.

Barracuda Networks analyzed 25,000 trending topics over 5.5 million search results and found that Google accounted for 69 percent of all malware found. Yahoo accounted for 18 percent, while Bing (which supplies Yahoo search) had 12 percent. Twitter made up the remaining 1 percent.

The distribution could be partially attributed to the popularity of the search engines. According to comScore, 62.6 percent of all U.S. search traffic is from Google, 18.9 percent is from Yahoo and 12.7 percent is from Bing.

Google is also the quickest search engine in picking up new trend topics from Twitter, taking only 1.2 days to be indexed by the search engine. It takes 4.3 days on Bing and 4.8 days on Yahoo.

(Source: PC World.)

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    Camikazi , August 4, 2010 1:16 PM
    OK, so the top search engine gives access to the most malware, seems logical to me really. Just shows you can't be an idiot and just click whatever website pops up on Google (or Bing or Yahoo), gotta protect yourself and make sure before you go to unknown sites.
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2010 3:03 PM
    in other news, a study finds the majority of traffic accidents involves cars.....
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    fayzaan , August 4, 2010 4:12 PM
    etrnl_frostIn other news, Windows is less secure than other OS's!


    I disagree. Apple is far less secure, just no one wants to hack it :D 
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    Camikazi , August 4, 2010 1:16 PM
    OK, so the top search engine gives access to the most malware, seems logical to me really. Just shows you can't be an idiot and just click whatever website pops up on Google (or Bing or Yahoo), gotta protect yourself and make sure before you go to unknown sites.
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    casperstouch , August 4, 2010 1:20 PM
    This sounds to me like a self-fulfilling prophecy. People use google more often therefore more people get malware from it. But what is the percentage of using it and getting malware, if you use any of them and search for the same thing?
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    Dirtman73 , August 4, 2010 1:59 PM
    I keep tellin yall that Skynet is a force for evil, but yall dont wanna listen!

    Get off my lawn!!!
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    awan2009 , August 4, 2010 2:13 PM
    It's obvious.
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    triculious , August 4, 2010 2:20 PM
    yes, we know, most people LACK common sense... that's why the most used software is often the most vulnerable to malware
    not because it is bad but because it becomes the target to a great number of threats
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    orionantares , August 4, 2010 2:24 PM
    So Google is the "King of Malware" because people have malware on their sites which are indexed in search engines and Google is the most commonly used search engine?

    That's some rather projecting logic since none of the malware actually comes FROM Google or Yahoo or Bing for that matter.
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    victomofreality , August 4, 2010 2:51 PM
    WOOT Google is the king again! Doesn't matter what it is as long as your the best right?
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    rottingsheep , August 4, 2010 3:03 PM
    use yahoo and you wont easily get what you are looking for
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2010 3:03 PM
    in other news, a study finds the majority of traffic accidents involves cars.....
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    IM0001 , August 4, 2010 3:07 PM
    The main problem with Google is it does not filter anything when it comes to its Sponsored ad's. Almost all the Sponsored Ad's are 100% scam sites or sites filled with malware. Bing is not perfect in this area but they do a much better job of keeping crap out in their searches.
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    etrnl_frost , August 4, 2010 4:04 PM
    In other news, Windows is less secure than other OS's!
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    fayzaan , August 4, 2010 4:12 PM
    etrnl_frostIn other news, Windows is less secure than other OS's!


    I disagree. Apple is far less secure, just no one wants to hack it :D 
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    etrnl_frost , August 4, 2010 4:18 PM
    fayzaanI disagree. Apple is far less secure, just no one wants to hack it

    Gah. That's exactly my point. It bothers me that I made nearly this exact same comment on another forum regarding something similar, and it flew over their heads too. Maybe my subtle sarcasm emitter is borked.
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    xerroz , August 4, 2010 4:45 PM
    Google is so 2003. Bing is where its at now
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    Sihastru , August 4, 2010 4:52 PM
    Looking for 15 minutes of fame, are we?!

    Their next analysis is: "Driving automobiles is the #1 cause for all automobile accidents!"

    I know, I know... it's a bit deeper then that, but their formulation of the conclusion sucks... The conclusion should be that Google implements a less restrictive filtering mechanism for the search results, and not to imply that Google will directly infect you with malware.
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    noodlegts , August 4, 2010 5:24 PM
    etrnl_frostGah. That's exactly my point. It bothers me that I made nearly this exact same comment on another forum regarding something similar, and it flew over their heads too. Maybe my subtle sarcasm emitter is borked.


    No worries, I got it...

    It's like saying rich people account for the highest rate of Porsche crashes so they're the most unsafe drivers.
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    cahomsyjr , August 4, 2010 5:53 PM
    fayzaan & etrnl_frost what fun is it to hack into an already crippled and easy to get into OS? I want some meat on my OS, not some emaciated push over. Oh now back to our story, hello McFly as long as Google can make a buck off of what you're doing they don't give a rats behind about what happens to your machine. That's pretty obvious by how much support they give to their products,"read the forum"
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    rooket , August 4, 2010 6:12 PM
    LOL @ Acuras are malware hahahaha
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    aaron686 , August 4, 2010 6:36 PM
    Google shows the relevant results.



    Its your part to be sensible enough to know what you are clicking.



    Not Google's fault.
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    wawa sxm , August 4, 2010 8:12 PM
    yuuup its just like windows and apple but one nice thing it only takes google 1.2 days to index sites....i rather some malware and finding what i'm looking for rather then less malware and not be able to get what i want
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