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Google Search Flagging Everything As Potentially Harmful

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the minor-problem dept.

Google 407

dowlingw writes "It looks like for the moment at least, all Google results are failing the malware checks and being listed with a warning 'This site may harm your computer,' including all pages from Google themselves. Users trying to visit pages at search results will only be able to proceed via manual manipulation of the search result link to remove the Google click-through (which is also broken). Until Google fixes this bug, it looks Google web search is useless." Update: 01/31 at 15:16 GMT by SS: The problem now appears to be fixed.
Update: 01/31 at 22:01 GMT by KD : Google has now posted an explanation, apologizing and taking responsibility for the "human error" that led to the problem.

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407 comments

Broke the internets! (5, Funny)

x78 (1099371) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676795)

Who googled google..

Re:Broke the internets! (1, Redundant)

ingenious nor (1275062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676847)

oh my god! they've killed teh interwebz! you bastards!

Re:Broke the internets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676855)

I googled and it still report it as malware.

Re:Broke the internets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676857)

Who googled google..

I used to type in "google" in firefox's search box to get to their homepage and then use their language tools. Until I realised I can just query an empty string..

Sorry for the inconveniences..

Re:Broke the internets! (5, Funny)

kiyoshigawa (844575) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676863)

I initially figured that this was an attack on FOSS since I was looking up where to install gdm themes and all the linux sites said they were potentially harmful.

Little did I know it was really skynet.

Re:Broke the internets! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676867)

i searched for "site:google.com -google" and got "Britney spears big tits" as the 5th match.

Re:Broke the internets! (4, Funny)

telchine (719345) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676897)

Who googled google..

http://flickr.com/photos/tonyaustin/3241509252/ [flickr.com]

Re:Broke the internets! (1, Funny)

gcnaddict (841664) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676949)

Ouch. I wish I could mod myself down as redundant after your post, but I can't use mod points on stories I've commented in. Oh well.

Re:Broke the internets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676955)

Who googled google..

i did, they ddeamed themselves dangerous

Re:Broke the internets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676971)

Don't slashdot google!

Re:Broke the internets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676975)

Yep, did that

Everything (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676797)

Every single search result. Amazing.

Not Useless (1, Redundant)

ExtremePopcorn (1203842) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676805)

You can still copy and paste the address under the link.

Re:Not Useless (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676825)

You can still copy and paste the address under the link.

Yes, just like the summary says.

Re:Not Useless (1)

JacobSteelsmith (911307) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676839)

I can see the average mom and pop user now. "Copy and paste the Wha?"

Clearly... (5, Funny)

Caduceus1 (178942) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676817)

Skynet - er, Google - has become self-aware and has deemed that the entire Internet is harmful to us power sour - I mean, humans, and is protecting us for some reason it has not divulged yet...

Re:Clearly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676861)

HAHA, so true!

Re:Clearly... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676875)

Yeah yeah, I know this isn't a place to ask but is there any female slashdotter here?

Re:Clearly... (5, Funny)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677039)

I'm not a female but I play one on the internet.

Re:Clearly... (1)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676909)

Maybe they changed the system from blacklisting to whitelisting. Every webmaster now has to prove that their site is not malware ;-)

Re:Clearly... (1)

Clarious (1177725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676957)

Or maybe they just add an extra '!' somewhere...

Re:Clearly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676981)

Yep there's females here reading this... LOL Google self aware!

Why are you asking? This is a terrible place for relationship advice you know.. Although I saw a guy asking for girl advice on 4chan, that's much worse

Even Google (1)

marcop (205587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676819)

Google reports that google.com is malware!

It should be fixed by the time most people read this.

Re:Even Google (4, Funny)

sveard (1076275) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676961)

It's a good thing I took lots of pictures for the "pics or it didn't happen" crowd :)

Re:Even Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677019)

Well you wrote that 15 minutes ago, and it's still broken!

Adsense Still Works (4, Informative)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676823)

Results from Adsense which appear at the top aren't getting flagged as malicious, so advertisers are at least free from the damage (but not on their regular indexed link).

Not entirely useless (4, Informative)

Reivec (607341) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676827)

It isn't entirely useless, you can still get the link for your results, it is just overly annoying. I also found that it was NOT flagging youtube sites, which I found interesting.

Re:Not entirely useless (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676911)

It doesn't seem to be flagging the video or news searches (or groups, but these aren't linked from the main search). It is flagging the image search as seen here [google.com] .

Re:Not entirely useless (1)

asCii88 (1017788) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677035)

It's flagging youtube too. What isn't flagged are the suggested results in case you misspell a word, and the featured results.

Easier workaround for Firefox users (5, Informative)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676829)

Redirect Remover [mozilla.org]

Re:Easier workaround for Firefox users (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676883)

i use a greasemonkey script called NoMiddleMan

Its a bit more hackable by myself and can be adapted quite simply to perform other url cleanup.

http://commons.oreilly.com/wiki/index.php/Greasemonkey_Hacks/Linkmania!#Remove_URL_Redirections [oreilly.com]

Re:Easier workaround for Firefox users (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676991)

This could be harmful - not for you but for certain sites that pipe their links through an anonymizer proxy because they don't want to appear in the "Referer" and be logged. I think we should respect anonymization, not break it.

Re:Easier workaround for Firefox users (1)

MollyB (162595) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676907)

wow. Works like a charm... Thanks!

What am I supposed to do now? (5, Funny)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676831)

I don't want to use Yahoo and I'd rather turn off my computer than use Microsoft's Live search.

Time to see if Alta Vista still exists.

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (1)

DetpackJump (1219130) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676873)

copy+paste

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676927)

Sure does.... Just went there..

www.altavista.com

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676931)

hehe - Altavista was eaten by yahoo long time ago...

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676939)

use cuil! duh

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (1)

thebjorn (530874) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676951)

Time to see if Alta Vista still exists.

it does.

Re:What am I supposed to do now? (5, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676959)

For the time being, I'd avoid this weblink issue altogether and just use archie.

I knew the Internet was evil! (4, Funny)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676833)

I knew the Internet was bad for you!

Now Google confirms it!

It isn't the internet that's evil ... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676953)

It isn't the internet that's evil ...
It is google, who is evil.

Yea, I noticed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676835)

I noticed. I went to slashdot for some answers, knowing there would be a post any moment about it.

Internet is very dangerous place (1)

mimino (1440145) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676837)

I always knew that all those sites could ham my computer. Finally Google proves my fears.

The precautionary principle (0, Troll)

cavehobbit (652751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676845)

...is a longstanding liberal tradition. Unless you know your action perfectly safe, you should be warned and even prevented from doing it. Why would anyone have a problem with this? What are you, some kind of expert?

I just tried to enter a word to find the definition and pronunciation, and saw that Wikipedia and wiki dictionary and all other sites are listed as potentially harmful.

So long as they fix it and leave places like the Discovery Institute and PETA with this warning, we should be OK.

The first time in years (1)

jork (1330913) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676851)

This is the first time in roughly 5 years that I have used a search engine other than Google. In 5 years I have used many different Operating Systems and types of software but Google has always been the search engine of choice.

Re:The first time in years (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676979)

I tried googling for another search engine to use, but it said it would harm my computer so I didn't use it.

Layoffs? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676853)

So I heard Google was having some layoffs recently...

News Links Still Work (nt) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676859)

nt

Well... (5, Funny)

Pherlin (1131333) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676865)

I'm glad I'm not THAT guy... Resume: 2009 - Brokeded Google.

Diagnostic page returning errors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676869)

Looks pretty sick. The diagnostic page is returning 502 errors:

http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=http://www.google.com/

Slashdot slowed by google's bug? (1)

CdXiminez (807199) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676871)

Slashdot is slow here at the moment. Have millions of disappointed searchers turned here for consolation?
I have.

Re:Slashdot slowed by google's bug? (1)

risk one (1013529) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677001)

Try the 'this site is harmful for your computer' link that's now under every single search result. I think the server for google's support pages CMS has melted.

slashdotted already (4, Interesting)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676879)

Also, the sites

www.stopbadware.org/
and
www.google.at/support/bin/answer.py?answer=45449&topic=360&hl=de&sa=X&oi=malwarewarninglink&resnum=1&ct=help

were slashdotted before this was even on slashdot ...

Hard not to laugh at this.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676885)

Good thing Slashdot is around so I don't have to waste my time debugging my side :)

Not a common carrier (5, Insightful)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676887)

This feature, no doubt implemented with good intentions, show the perils of the nanny state so many politicians all over the world are proposing. Why should Google police the internet?

They should act like the phone company used to be, a common carrier just sending through the information, for better or worse.

Of course, I understand that Google isn't an ISP, so the "common carrier" principle does not apply. They are just providing a service for me, without charging me directly. But the principle is the same, if I wanted some sort of protection from malware there are many places where I can get it by asking, I do not need to be protected involuntarily.

their check site failed (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676889)

Google use stopbadware.org to check if a site is bad or not - this site is down.

I think it should work when it's back up.

Re:their check site failed (0, Offtopic)

asCii88 (1017788) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677051)

Probably due to [i]Google effect[/i]

The system is down yo. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676891)

The fire sale attack has begun. We're all doomed. If anyone needs me I will be in my basement with my canned goods and crank CB radio.

Humor on a related note (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676899)

Screencap within [dyndns.org]

Yahoo has changed (5, Funny)

Patrick Manderson (1403265) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676901)

Wow! Yahoo looks a lot different than it used to.

The ads are broken too... (3, Interesting)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676903)

No AdSense ads are displaying, at least for several popular advertising keywords like "refinance".

No cache, either (4, Funny)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676905)

If I'm nervous about the site, I look at Google's cache instead. Well, that's no longer available either. Sheesh!

Finally (4, Funny)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676915)

Finally, a company just comes out and says what we all know: the entire Internet is dangerous and must be stopped.

lost at sea (1)

amerphy (1237484) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676919)

I didn't think I would be so impeded by lack of google until I actually lost the ability to use it.

M$ pays of Badware.org to kill Google Search (1)

techess (1322623) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676921)

I think Microsoft finally found a way to get MSN search used. They bribed Badware.org to flag every site as infected so Google Search is worthless.

Has anyone considered... (5, Interesting)

sphealey (2855) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676923)

Has anyone considered the possibility that as of this morning 95% of the sites on the Internet are infected with malware?

sPh

Re:Has anyone considered... (1)

Chris_Jefferson (581445) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677017)

Including google itself? (which is being flagged)

Re:Has anyone considered... (3, Insightful)

Animaether (411575) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677029)

yes - you just did. There's got to be an award for that :)

was that a serious question?

Re:Has anyone considered... (1)

howman (170527) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677045)

Yes, the first thing I did was search for sites that would have a very high chance of haveing malware on them to see if they came back as safe... Nope... 100% of the interwebz are skynetted.

Re:Has anyone considered... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677047)

Could be the Cylons. I'm pretty sure in fact.

Could it be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676925)

a sabotage by some google employee who's on the "to be fired" list?

But not the "sponsored links" ... (1)

donak (609594) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676929)

It even flagged http://abc.net.au/ [abc.net.au] which is the website for Australia's Public TV Broadcaster ... the only risk from that site is being bored to somnolence ...
but not the sponsored links ... gotta keep them revenues rolling in!

Ouch (1)

adh0c (1419447) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676935)

Can you guys hear that? It's the sound of rolling heads.

And the press will call it... (1)

jtara (133429) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676937)

...The Day the Google Died.

Phew! (1)

ezbst (416277) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676941)

And I thought it was because of that pron that i've downloaded overnight....

Google - someone CREATE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676945)

a new search engine that isn't run by adds. One that isnt't such a piece of shit like google. But why bother - you dolts can only comment and click around - the true genius has left the internet long ago; And you people are what remains.

out of beta (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676947)

Yay! I'm finally out of beta!

Hacked? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676963)

posting anonymously as I have problems creating an account (invalid form key).

http://picasaweb.google.com/chengkiang/Misc#5297473344174050834

Yahoo's master plan? (1)

flumpmaster (746057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676965)

Found myself using yahoo's search engine for the first time since forever. Perhaps this is Yang's way of boosting their stock?

Exit to parking lot, run in serpentine fashion! (4, Interesting)

GreyLurk (35139) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676967)

Someone is so getting fired for this.

This is the first Google effective downtime in my memory.. Were there other ones that anyone can think of?

Nanny State... (2, Insightful)

timjones (78467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26676985)

This is what happens get when (collectively) we try too hard to coddle the idiots will believe anything, click on anything, and download anything.

Probably another hacked website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676993)

I don't know about you, but it would seem that Google was hacked. Even the search support page doesn't work.

Every site is Bad! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676995)

It's like in Futurama. Santa Claus (aka Google) realises no site around lives up to it's expectations, except Zoiberg of course.

This is it..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26676999)

the end of days.
Dang...I thought we had till December 2012 :(

fixed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677003)

nothing to see here. Move on..

They just updated (1)

howman (170527) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677007)

to Vista server... Looks like yahoo and MS really do have a deal.

god i love slashdot... (1)

yodleboy (982200) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677011)

so i get up this morning and start googling. whaaaaat? even cnn is malware today. thank god i decided to hit /. to see if anyone else was getting this, i figured if it was google wide, someone here would post it. saved me lots of scanning and wondering wtf is wrong with my pc.

google.nl working as usual (2, Informative)

Teun (17872) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677013)

Google.nl displays results as usual and that's with safe search set to average or strict.

But now I'm back to unfiltered content, the WWW as it was meant to be :)

YUO FaIL IT!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677015)

of prOgress. out how to make the join in. It can be shitheads. *BSD tangle of fatal flaws in the BSD From a technical they started to

Unsurprising (0, Flamebait)

rabbitfood (586031) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677021)

Google's definition of words is continually evolving. 'Evil' was, as older readers may remember, one of the first to mutate. Now it looks like 'harm' is on the move, too, and will soon join its little relatives 'fun', 'tax' and 'useful' in Google's rehabilitation centre for disadvantaged words.

Fixed (1)

stuntpope (19736) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677023)

That was weird.

Re:Fixed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677049)

That was weird.

Ditto

Google Is Evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677027)

Google is admitting they are indeed very evil: http://luaz.blogspot.com/2009/01/google-says-they-are-indeed-evil.html

Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677031)

Google will pretend they didn't get owned so their stock doesn't drop.
Can't wait 'til they lie about it.

culprit (1)

jecowa (1152159) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677033)

Yahoo! hacked Google in a desperate attempt to get more viewers.

Fixed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26677037)

yaus, it's fixed.

time is 10:15AM in Toronto.

It's Fixed (1)

Toad-san (64810) | more than 5 years ago | (#26677041)

Heh heh ... after the entire Known Universe jumped on their ass for their bug, the "feature" is turned off.

Or it was my "You silly bastards" message ...

Toad-san

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