Google Flagging Every Website As Malware

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 31, 2009
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
Internet, Search

If you perform a Google search at the moment you will notice that Google is flagging every website that it returns as malware. The sentence "This site may harm your computer." appears below the title of each website in the Google index including sites like,, and yes, even

There is not even the possibility to load the website as a click on a link will lead to a page entitled Malware Warning which will tell the user that visiting the website will harm his computer.

The only real possibility at this moment is to switch to another search engine or copy and paste the url into the address bar and load the website manually.

It is yet unclear if this is a blunder caused by Google employees who did not pay attention before updating the search engine, by the malware engine or a hacking attempt.

Update: Google seems to have fixed the issue, everything seems back to normal.


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  1. Ajay D'Souza said on February 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Issue was fixed immediately, though I am sure people would have got freaked out!

  2. Sam said on January 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I know..They were sating the Gmail link as

    This site may harm your computer.”

  3. Kaushik said on January 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Oh! just an hour ago one of my friend called me to ask about this problem. I thought he got a virus or something. I was offline and I didn’t bother to check it on my PC because I was so sure it was HIS problem. Finally, he cleared his cookies and said that the problem was gone. I said good and we hung up. LOL!

  4. Simakuutio said on January 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Well, they fixed it right away, everything works as usual at the moment.

    Funny bug, thou…

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