Google Malware warning

Ok, this is a bit strange. Have I managed to pick up a nasty piece of Malware as this looks pretty suspicious? Or am I being paranoid.

After doing a search for ‘“Larry Bond” Vortex’ and clicking a link to http://www.allreaders.com/Topics/info_6770.asp I get the following webpage.

[COLOR=red]Warning[/COLOR] - visiting this web site may harm your computer!

You can learn more about harmful web content and how to protect your computer at StopBadware.org.

Suggestions:[ul]
[li]Return to the previous page and pick another result.[/li][li]Try another search to find what you’re looking for.[/ul] Or you can continue to http://www.allreaders.com/Topics/info_6770.asp at your own risk.[/li]

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Nevermind, I googled it and it seems to be legit.

It’s Google -WARNING- you about potential harmfulness of some sites. I notice when sites about cracks/porn/warez etc show up in results, it flags those.

It could be one of those cases where the site itself is okay, but something has been slipped in to the advertising network, so the malware might not be there anymore.

As rei says though, it’s just a warning, there’s no danger if you didn’t actually proceed on to the site. You’d probably be fine anyway as long as you’re up to date on your browser, anti-virus and Defender definitions, etc.

I wish I could keep my PC up to date but Windows Update has started causing my legitimate copy of XP Service Pack 2 to crash hard lately.

Alternately, use Firefox to browse dangerous sites. I use IE7 almost exclusively, but I slip on a Firefox internet condom to protect me from… er… this stuff:

You want Firefox to protect you from Dali paintings? Why?

The Google project zero analysis of the Pegasus iOS malware is truly eye-opening. This is insanely sophisticated stuff. They actually used a PDF compression exploit to build a logical circuit, and then wrote a script interpreter to run on that circuit. This is the difference between the usual buffer overflow bullshit like log4j and a true nation-state level attack. This is why governments pay NSO tens of millions of dollars. Truly impressive, from a technical perspective, and as Google put it, pretty terrifying too.

Quite the necro. I was reading Brendan’s reply about about not being able to keep his WinXP SP2 up to date and my head almost exploded. Then I finally noticed the date.

LOL - speaking of, I remember when it was general wisdom to not have to worry about a virus unless you clicked twice (eg - once on an email and then on a link). Then it moved to once. Now? Zero. Gotta love “progress,” eh?

lol, I was about to welcome @wumpus back!

Indeed, zero click exploits are really scary. There isn’t a damn thing you can do to protect yourself. All you can do is hard reboot your phone often.