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Once advantage over Google's implementation is a bit more detail on what the threat actually is - e.g. "unsolicited emails" or "dangerous downloads".
This feature will be on by default, with an interesting option to just remove all such sites from results completely.
You can see examples of this by searching Yahoo for 'screensaver' [search.yahoo.com].
In addition, there's a link to a Yahoo page where you can request more information or dispute the warning flag -- That's fairly handy if you're the site owner.
Another possible reason that we as Webmasters want want those suspect sites listed is the possibility that the site might be a scrape of our own site. In that case, seeing the listing would be a heads-up that it is time to take action (e.g. DMCA action or stronger) against that site to protect our site's good name.
The only thing I'd change about this would be to add an "Are you sure you want to visit this site?" interstitial page on Yahoo -- at least for the truly-dangerous sites. That might save someone who's distracted at the moment and doesn't see or read the warning, clicks accidentally, or "just doesn't get it." (I'm not a big fan of "Are you sure?" messages, but some cases may warrant them.)
Two thumbs up, overall... :)
joined:Jan 27, 2003
Of course, such a feature is only as ever as useful as the database behind it. Far be it for me to take a cynic's view, but there's a clear benefit to the providers of such service in being as visible as possible, which could present something of a conflict of interest. Interesting to see that the clickthroughs are tracked via an affiliate cookie ;)
A longer-term danger would be if users put too much weight into such warnings, since I imagine that cloaking for/blocking the bot checking for problems would not be too difficult.
And no less important that the search engine 'kiss of death' is bound to have collateral damage - especially for user-generated sites.
Anyone know how to fix these problem?
Good luck. I have a site that the previous owner had 1 download with adware on it. That download has been gone and the site 100% clean for over a year, but is stuck with the "dangerous downloads" listing.
I registered with Mcafee as the site owner and published my response, which they claim will prompt a manual review, but no such luck. Have sent 8 emails to the support dept, but get nothing but autorespond.
Appearantly they don't care to remove inaccurate info.
Not holding my breath, but perhaps something will come of it. Will let you know if any more news.