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Windows 7: hmm...Google takes the crown for malware distribution

31 Jul 2010   #1
thathagat

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit,Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit,Windows XP sp3 home
 
 
hmm...Google takes the crown for malware distribution

surprised....nah
Google tops comparative review of malicious search results


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According to a newly released report by Barracuda Labs, based on a two-month study reviewing more than 25,000 trending topics and 5.5 million search results, Google remains the most popular search engine used by malicious attackers, relying on poisoned keywords. The company, which also sampled Yahoo Search, Bing, and Twitter, contributes Google’s leading position to the fact that Google remains the market share leader in online search, and consequently the most targeted search engine.
Key highlights of the study:

  • Overall, Google takes the crown for malware distribution – turning up more than twice the amount of malware as Bing, Twitter and Yahoo! combined when searches on popular trending topics were performed. Google presents at 69 percent; Yahoo! at 18 percent; Bing at 12 percent; and Twitter at one percent.
  • The average amount of time for a trending topic to appear on one of the major search engines after appearing on Twitter varies tremendously: 1.2 days for Google, 4.3 days for Bing, and 4.8 days for Yahoo!
  • Over half of the malware found was between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. GMT. The top 10 terms used by malware distributors include the name of a NFL player, three actresses, a Playboy Playmate and a college student who faked his way into Harvard.



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31 Jul 2010   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Why am I not surprized to hear that one?! They get the first class trophy award for sure!

With the recent addition of a new av program which includes a very protective firewall the first thing noticed is that the firewall will tend to block more sites in a Google search result then with Bing, Yahoo, ask, or any other search engine when tasked.

Yet despite warnings a few people still set the Google search page as their own home page?

Google toolbar addons for browsers like FireFox are a common annoyance to uncheck.
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01 Aug 2010   #3
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

A reason to try out Bing
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01 Aug 2010   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

In IE 8 the default there is Bing presently with options for selecting which others you want rather then being stuck with the dreaded "G" word engine!

Back in March there was another article charting how much malware was delivered ads from the leading search engines where you know "G" had a large role there too! "Malware delivered by Yahoo, Fox, Google ads"
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