There was a time that making a search on Google or any other search engine was a simple affair, you put the text into the field and pressed enter, that was it and that version of search has long gone. For many users it is difficult to work out which search result is paid for or not, and now things are about to get even more complex as Google search will now be able to tell if the user’s computer is infected with Malware!
The user will be alerted by a big yellow box stating that; “Your computer appears to be infected” there will be a link in the bottom right hand corners saying, “Learn how to fix this”. However, it will be of no use as the user simply needs to install or run antivirus software, there are free versions available on the net!
According to Damian Menscher, who is a Security Engineer at Google, he posted on the Official Google Blog;
The malware appears to have gotten onto users’ computers from one of roughly a hundred variants of fake antivirus, or “fake AV” software that has been in circulation for a while. We aren’t aware of a common name for the malware.
We believe a couple million machines are affected by this malware.
We’ve heard from a number of you that you’re thinking about the potential for an attacker to copy our notice and attempt to point users to a dangerous site instead. It’s a good security practice to be cautious about the links you click, so the spirit of those comments is spot-on. We thought about this, too, which is why the notice appears only at the top of our search results page. Falsifying the message on this page would require prior compromise of that computer, so the notice is not a risk to additional users.
In the meantime, we’ve been able to successfully warn hundreds of thousands of users that their computer is infected. These are people who otherwise may never have known.
Source [PC World]