Google Bug – This site may harm your computer – Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen

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This afternoon I was working on my computer, googling for news. Only problem was: Googling had become absolutely impossible because every single search result contained the notification ‘This site may harm your computer’. But that wasn’t all. After clicking on any random search result a Google-site appeared, pointing out the potentially dangerous content of the desired Website. So, there was no link to be clicked but only the written non-clickable URL to the requested site.

Apparently, this was about a filter developed by Google in August 2006 (more information here). However, today a bug slipped in and was online from 15:30 to 16:25 o’clock GMT +1 or 09:30 a.m. to 10:25 o’clock a.m. ET.
I googled ‘Google’ just for fun and made a screenshot ;)

Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen

Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen

Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen - Detail Seite

Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen - Detail Seite

This is a short video clip about the bug on youtube:

Ich denk mir nichts Böses und google ein bisschen durch die Gegend, da erscheint doch plötzlich bei JEDEM Suchergebnis die Meldung ‘Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen’ (this site may harm your computer). Aber das ist noch nicht alles, denn nach dem Klicken auf ein Ergebnis erscheint eine Seite von Google, die auf potenziell gefährlichen Inhalt hinweist. Einen Link weiter zur gewünschten Seite gibt es nicht, lediglich die URL in Textform.

Offensichtlich handelt es sich um einen Filter von Google, der bereits im August 2006 entwickelt wurde (siehe hier).  Heute hat sich auf jeden Fall ein Fehler eingeschlichen, der ca. von 15:30 uhr bis 16:30 uhr  (GMT+1)  online war.

Hab zum Spaß mal nach ‘Google’ gegoogelt und einen Screenshot davon gemacht ;)

Regards, Mario

13 Responses to “Google Bug – This site may harm your computer – Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen”

  1. a Says:

    Wrongly labeling all legitimate sites in the world as dangerous to user computers is penny-ante stuff.

    Another error that Google has sat on was a snaffu in Google Analytics (GA) that corrupted all data for any sites using segments.

    GA started reporting laughable figures like 0.04 pages per visit (yes, not a typo… and when Google Support got a ticket they were AFRONTED we could doubt that GA is always right) meaning people visited and saw less than one page per visit.

    It is alleged that GA fixed this with a change to _setVar as of Jan 27, but considering they compleltely messed up average bounce rates, time on page, visits, and basically everything until now, you be the judge.

    ————————————
    Dear Google Analytics User,
    As an Administrative user on an account that is currently using custom visitor segments in Google Analytics, we would like to inform you of some changes to the _setVar method and its impact on bounce rate and time on page metrics. Starting Wednesday, January 27, 2009 a call to the _setVar method will no longer be counted as an interaction hit with the result that you may see higher bounce rates and more accurate time on page metrics in your reports.
    [...]
    Sincerely,
    The Google Analytics Team

  2. stripes Says:

    Ich dacht die hätten mich gesperrt… :P
    Und dann bei Linux “Diese Website kann Ihren Computer beschädigen” Als ob :D

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