This Site May Harm Your Computer
March 19, 2007 by Gaman
No, not Sabahan.com but another site that was label as such that I came across while searching for ‘StarCraft hotkeys’. Check the first result to see what I saw.
I am a gamer, and I love playing strategy games like StartCraft and Age of Empires III. However, I don’t play as often as before due to my busy schedule.
Anyway, this topic is not about those games but a new feature which was recently introduced in Google’s search results. You may have encountered this when searching for certain topics where a sentence “This site may harm your computer” appears below the site title.
It appears that Google is trying to identify potentially harmful sites so that you do not unwittingly click on the result and have malicious software installed on your computer.
Here’s an example
However some webmasters are complaining that Google is flagging their sites as containing malicious software when they believe their sites are harmless.
If you have a forum on your site, it could be flagged as a result of those pesky spam bots that were creating posts linking to malware.
But what should you do if your site is flagged as hosting malware when it isn’t?
Matt Cutts the Google guy suggested that you can appeal by doing the following
- Click on the “StopBadware.org” link on the interstitial that Google shows.
- On the resulting page is the phrase “If you are the administrator of the website that was reported to us and would like to speak with us, please see our contact page.” Click on that contact link to read about how to email and lodge an appeal with StopBadware.