Google warning users of malware infection
July 22, 2011
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Google has started to issue warnings to users that they have been infected with malware. During routine maintenance of a data Center they noticed a particular repeating pattern of traffic that warranted further investigation. From the post on the Google blog, the traffic is being generated by scareware, fake AV software Which aims to funnel search requests through intermediate sites that promote fake security programs and other scams.
As a result of this activity Google is able to detect those users that are infected and will now post the following message at the top of the search results.
Along with the warning there is a link pointing to the Google Help Center offering advice on how to get rid on the infection. The question is, with so many messages in headers that we routinely ignore every day, will anyone take any notice of this message.