July 21, 2011

Google Warns Users Of Malware Threat

A particular type of malware can now be detected by Google, which then sends out a warning to users that their computer is infected, according to Google's official blog.

After discovering unusual patterns of activity on the Web, the Internet giant said it took actions to identify the malware that causes infected computers to send traffic to Google through proxy servers, reports CNET News.

"Recently, we found some unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance on one of our data centers," wrote Damian Menscher, a Google security engineer.

"After collaborating with security engineers at several companies that were sending this modified traffic, we determined that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software, or "Ëœmalware'," he continues.

According to Google engineer Matt Cutts, the malware only affects computers running the Windows operating system; and can be tested by running a Web search for any word.

Since Google is able to detect and identify the malware infection, the company has started warning people about it by displaying a "prominent notification" on top of Google search results viewed on affected computers.

Menscher says, "We hope that by taking steps to notify users whose traffic is coming through these proxies, we can help them update their antivirus software and remove the infections."

Don't stop scanning your computer regularly for viruses and malware yet, since Google's new feature only detects a particular type of infection.

However, you can find tips for scanning systems for malware and how to remove infections in Google's Help Center.


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