Google and Bing are capable of identifying whether the sites in their searches contain malware. The idea is to not list a site that contains probable malware in the search results’ list of sites. This practice, which has been operational for a year or so, continues to be a great benefit to Internet users. It could mean the difference between a computer being infected upon visit or not; and I applaud both search engines for their part in fighting Internet crime.
ZDNET.com recently reported that “Microsoft’s search engine Bing delivers five times as many websites hosting malware in its search results than Google, according to German antivirus testing company AV-Test.” A German antivirus testing company, AV-Test, spent 18 months evaluating 40 million websites delivered by the search engines Google, Bing, Russian search engine Yandex, start-up Blekko, peer to peer search engine Faroo, Ask Jeeves’ Teoma and China’s local search giant Baidu and determined that “Google achieved the best results in the study, followed by Bing. Attention must, however, be drawn to the fact that Bing delivered five times as many websites containing malware as Google during the study,” [the report’s author Markus] Selinger notes.
This study puts Microsoft on notice that Bing needs to improve its malware evaluation methods. The intense competition between the two major search engines should motivate Microsoft to make some changes in this area.
I recommend that you use a second layer of security in your searches such as the Web of Trust website identification tool. WOT will provide a color-coded report on sites they have in their database. Then, if a search engine returns a malware-laden search result; WOT may identify it as being a suspicious or infected site and let you know not to click on it.
I also recommend that you take heed to the warnings of the search engines and WOT; and avoid them. Don’t let your curiosity allow you to click on the site anyway. Remember, trust no one and no website that you suspect is infected.
Reference: zdnet.com article
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