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Google Search lists everything as “Malware”

31 January 2009 16,228 Views 18 Comments


If you searched anything on Google within the last few minutes, you will now notice that every site is listed as “Harmful”. Under almost every link you will see: “This site may harm your computer.”. Even Google is listed as harmful (see left)! Someone must have screwed something up, or Google was hacked! Well, in the meantime, just ignore the “ Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer! ” message and in the URL box of your browser remove the “http://www.google.com/interstitial?url=” part.

If your URL looks like this: http://www.google.com/interstitial?url=http://www.google.com/ it would change to http://www.google.com/. Just continue to edit the URL until this “problem” is over with. Keep posted on this page with the latest updates.

Update (10:10 AM EST): It looks like it is starting to affect everyone, as there are hundreds of people searching for “this site may harm your computer” and coming to here. Also, Twitter has been flooded with angry users and concerned webmasters.

Update (11:00 am EST): The problem was fixed, however there has been no statement yet from Google regarding the problem. Keep checking http://googleblog.blogspot.com/ and right here for anything about it!

Google made a post on their blog now explaining the problem. It seems it was a “simple human error”.

Good Luck!
- James Hartig

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  • phz said:

    same here… google hacked — is it the end of the world? :)

    • adkandrew said:

      Kudos to your site & James Hartig. I would have been lost without this VERY timely information. thanx again

      • Ed said:

        Yeah. Just saw it. To enter this very page I had to remove the interstitial thing…   What just happened??

        • Mattia said:

          Skynet Lives!!! :)

          • Shotgundan said:

            Thanks man, spot on….. It’s back now…. It was a concident that I had just installed IE8 on 2 pc and I thought that was it or I had screwed someething up. Whew….