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Google’s Big Blunder: “This site may harm your computer”.

January 31st, 2009 Posted in Alert, Google
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Since this morning every search query on Google.com is labeled with “This site may harm your computer.” What the heck! Even Google’s own pages are labeled with the same warning. Even if you want to ignore that warning, google will stop you on next page with another big warning:
Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!”

This is clearly a blunder of Google and may be potential lawsuit from many company for harming their online reputation. As I write this, there is no warning information on google blog

See this screen snap:

Update: As of 10:25 ET, things are just fine but the reddit community confirms that Google searches were suffered worldwide. No word from Google Yet.

Update: 12:02 EST, Google has posted an update to its official Google blog that attributes this fairly major “bug” to human error: “We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here’s the human error), the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs.

Earlier Google Blog reported that Google gets its list of bad URLs from stopBadware.org. However, stopnadware.org denied such statement. Later, Google updated its earlier post and stated that “bug” was due human error.

‘/’ has been removed and placed where it belongs to… :) All in all, things are happy now!

Update: 3:05 ET, I notice that some of my legitimate gmail email that I received between this down time, went to spam folder of my gmail:

See this screen snap of legitimate email that I used to get in my inbox but today it went to spam.

Example 1: Google’s own email went to Spam

Example 2:

Extra reading: Google’s Black Day: Truths - Myths - Pros - Cons via PavanKumar

5 Responses to “Google’s Big Blunder: “This site may harm your computer”.”

  1. Rick Says:

    Man,I’m glad I had the idea to check a blog.
    I feared my pc had malware etc.
    Thanks!


  2. admin Says:

    Anyway, I become fan of “Yahoo” for 45 mins … he he he


  3. This site may harm your computer OR Google is taking another step to control the world? | Check your google position - Seek Position Says:

    [...] issue has also been reported by several other blogs, such as this one [...]


  4. Jerell Klaver Says:

    great job capturing Google on Google :)


  5. admin Says:

    Wow that was a power of ‘/’ (include everything under ‘/’ ..)


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