View Full Version : This site may harm your PC
01-31-2009, 09:46 AM
What the heck is with Google's search results? Every page I get says this stupid "this site may harm your computer" thing
01-31-2009, 10:09 AM
I'm having the same problem... but then when clicking on the "Safe Browsing diagnostic page," I get a "502 Server Error."
01-31-2009, 11:38 AM
Google has had some kind of error which has tripped their dangerous site detection filters. They're slowly fixing it, it seems, because it's now fine at my end. Try emptying your cache and see if it goes away. :)
Flying Officer Jevans
01-31-2009, 12:47 PM
Yeah, I had the same problem earlier. Fixed for me now.
01-31-2009, 01:10 PM
Official statement from Google...
If you did a Google search between 6:30 a.m. PST and 7:25 a.m. PST this morning, you likely saw that the message "This site may harm your computer" accompanied each and every search result. This was clearly an error, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users.
What happened? Very simply, human error. Google flags search results with the message "This site may harm your computer" if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers. We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.
We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here's the human error), the URL of '/' was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and '/' expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file. Since we push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion, the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes.
Thanks to our team for their quick work in finding this. And again, our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled. We will carefully investigate this incident and put more robust file checks in place to prevent it from happening again.
02-05-2009, 04:52 PM
Yes of course does this site harm your PC! Flightsimming is very bad for PC's, it eats up all memory, overloads graphic cards and processors, let alone all the disk space that has been eaten. But the worst thing is you will get ADDICTED to virtual flying! :D Thanks to the dangerous Flightsim.com...
02-06-2009, 09:46 PM
not sure why they call this site harmful:confused: but at least the message did .:):D
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