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Google Glitch Marks all Sites "This site may harm your computer"

   
2:39 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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No matter what search term or phrase I enter Google says "This site may harm your computer" for all the links on the SERPS. Anyone seeing the same?
3:24 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Is anyone receiving the message This Site May Harm Your Computer when doing a search on Google? And when you try to click on a site you can't get to it.
3:28 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3839061.htm [webmasterworld.com] by brett_tabke - 11:15 am on Jan. 31, 2009 (cst -6)


This morning I woke up and noticed that across all my PC's the google results for every page on the web warned "This site may harm your computer"! Clicking on the site took you to a Google "safety" page. Luckily the results refreshed a short while later, but what the heck is going on with Google?
Are they experimenting with some new evil service?
That kind of operation tends to loose user trust!
3:30 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Not a funny prank Google!... You scared everyone off of the internet.

Oh.. if you're wondering all search results displayed this for roughly 20 minutes. Pretty major I'd say..

3:30 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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11:15 am on Jan. 31, 2009 (cst -6)
3:30 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3839069.htm [webmasterworld.com] by brett_tabke - 11:15 am on Jan. 31, 2009 (cst -6)


Guess many people are typing the question at the time I am but...

Google displaying
"This site may harm your computer"
for all sites and any search made me crack up.

Happened for... probably a few hours or so?

Some people said Google could have been hacked.
I thought... "test gone wrong".
But then again some sites including WebmasterWorld becoming unavailable at the very same time can not be a coincidence.

I don't know how much Google relies on real-time checking of 3rd party malware databases but if so, could it be that these going offline resulted in the phenomenon?

...

Anyways, will be interesting to see Google traffic drop in the stats for these few hours.

3:40 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3839078.htm [webmasterworld.com] by brett_tabke - 11:15 am on Jan. 31, 2009 (cst -6)


I just searched for "dedicated windows server" and got the message 'this site may harm your computer' on every result of the first 7 pages (then I gave up). This included EVERY result, and it included familiar names like GoDaddy, Hostgator, 1&1 and many more.

10 minutes later it was gone, not a single result. Does anyone have any insight about this glitch?

3:40 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Looks like big problems at Google. " This site may harm your computer" for every link of every search. I started checing all computers and running virus checks until I finally realized it was not my computers with a virus.

Seem to be happening on and off now.

3:46 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Google just showed "This site may harm your computer" on the search of every keyword term, even on Google. Although, it has been sorted out now but the results were shown on the SERPs of Google.com and Google.co.in and I quickly took the screen shots.

Did someone else noted out?

Cheers!

5:16 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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wow - lots of reports.
5:25 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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the depths of my subconscious [webmasterworld.com] by Quadrille - 17.22 on 31 Jan 2009 (GMT)

I knew the web was a dangerous place ... but this is ridiculous :)

5:29 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yes, webmaster world was pretty slow while this was happening...I figured it there was a tsunami of posts!

This was a business killer today. No sales yet. People are probably freaked off the web today...even for this short glitch period. Google wants our trust, but this stuff makes you wonder how a giant like G can make such a nasty mistake.
For the first time, my trust in the big G is shaken!

5:36 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I heard reports from around the world that it was a problem for a couple of hours this morning, and that many or all sites had this warning. It is gone now, thank God.
5:37 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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from Official Google Blog Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products & User Experience [googleblog.blogspot.com]

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.

[edited by: Quadrille at 5:43 pm (utc) on Jan. 31, 2009]

5:44 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Looks like it's cleared up at this end (UK) also.

Will just wait for the stream of nervous client phone calls on Monday... :)

2:48 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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System: The following 7 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3837788.htm [webmasterworld.com] by tedster - 12:51 pm on Jan. 31, 2009 <small>(EDT -5)</small>


"This site may harm your computer. " i am seeing this under every search results ( all the websites including google ) now. anyone seeing

[edited by: tedster at 5:58 pm (utc) on Jan. 31, 2009]

2:50 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yes, Indians Next, I'm seeing the same warning for all results
2:52 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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my traffic is getting affected due to this for the last 2 hours
2:53 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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yes same here, just posted a new thread about it but its pending moderation. Is it just a UK thing?
3:01 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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in india also same.
3:39 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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now, the problem is solved
4:33 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I noticed the same warning message late yesterday on every search result. That will kill your traffic for sure!

I'm still seeing this right now, but it is sporadic.

It's hurting my site, but at least I know it's not something I did and probably not permanent.

...Come back lost visitors...

5:55 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hmm, if there ever needed to have a bit of check code for doing something, this might have been the place...

"Warning: You are about to throw the really big switch that will make the entire Internet suspect in searches. Your answer may be career decision, so are you very darn sure you want to do this?

Click 'No' to save your job now.

<YES> <NO> <HELP>
"

@Quadrille - thanks much for the link you posted above.

-Commerce

3:44 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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System: The following 6 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3836742.htm [webmasterworld.com] by tedster - 12:57 pm on Jan. 31, 2009 <small>(EDT -5)</small>


I noticed that Google had displayed "This site will harm your computer" (with a link to a malware info page) under EVERY page/website including their OWN google.com .

I sent a message to them and it was fixed within minutes so I think something is going on in googleland.

:)

[edited by: tedster at 5:59 pm (utc) on Jan. 31, 2009]

3:52 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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"This site will harm your computer" was on every search result for about 30 minutes, even searching for "google". A glitch? hack? anyway everything is back to normal now. Noticed this at around 15:00 UTC, as google traffic dropped drastically.

Update: Some news sites cite Google representavive claiming this was some kind of a DNS problem.

4:08 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It didn't last long. I was trying to use it when it occurred. One second everything worked the next it had the message everywhere so I tested it by searching "google". They fixed it within minutes of me reporting that it affected google .com as well.
Otherwise, it would be blamed on us. lol
4:14 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The "this site will harm your computer" has killed our sales this morning. It was on my PC's and MAC, so it's not local.

I've also noticed a big drop in traffic over the past 3 days. It may have something to do with last weeks ice storm. I also see the MAE-East router is at 0. Not sure what effect that has...

4:24 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I noticed it at 9:45 eastern time Posted about it on my facebook and then it was fixed by about 10:30.
4:50 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I just saw client.google.com for a split second before www.google.com when I first booted up this morning, but the site is loading too fast to reproduce now. When typing it in direct it's a 404.
6:00 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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hehehe, everybody got nervous - I also got emails with screen shots.

also: this happened on the german google as well and also for their own pages. The glitch seems to be fixed now but I wonder how the summary in financial aspects will be by end of the day!

cheers,
P!

6:07 pm on Jan 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google posts statement regarding this glitch:

[googleblog.blogspot.com...]

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