Duncan's blog

January 31, 2009

Google: all sites may harm your computer

Filed under: Web — duncan @ 3:36 pm
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Sometimes you may have noticed “This site may harm your computer” appearing under individual search results on Google. Today I noticed it appearing under every search result, no matter what I searched for.

Google safe search

Some kind of hiccup down at the Google server farm? There was a generic error message that came up later, and now it all seems to be back to normal.

It’s reassuring to see that even Google can screw things up.

Update: as reported in The Register and LifeHacker

Google later put out the official explanation of what happened: human error. They’d entered / into their list of bad sites, which equalled all websites. Oops!

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