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    Popular internet search engine Google is starting to warn users about
    websites that could harm their computers €” or worse €” if entered.

    Users will be warned before they enter sites that distribute "badware"
    €” malicious software that feeds the user's information to marketers
    who then send targeted ads €” that can cause their computers to slow
    down or crash.

    "There have been reported cases of identity theft" from badware,
    StopBadware.org said in announcing the Google move. The group, led
    by Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and
    Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute, calls itself a
    "neighbourhood watch" campaign aimed at becoming the centre of the
    fight against badware.

    The warnings on Google will appear when users click on a link to a site
    that has been identified as harmful by the StopBadware coalition.

    Badware "tracks your moves online and feeds that information back to
    shady marketing groups so that they can ambush you with targeted ads,"
    the coalition's website says.

    Badware includes:

    Spyware: software that covertly gathers user information through the
    user's internet connection, usually for advertising purposes. Once
    installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the internet and
    transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can
    also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and
    credit card numbers.

    Malware: Short for malicious software, software designed specifically to
    damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus or a Trojan horse.

    Deceptive adware: a form of spyware that collects information about the
    user in order to display advertisements in the user's web browser based
    on the information it collects from the user's browsing patterns.

    Millions of computer users have downloaded badware without being aware of
    it because some manufacturers bundle it with other programs, or put their
    programs on computers when users visit certain websites or play online
    games, the coalition site says.

    "It is big business, amounting to a 08 billion-a-year industry. It's the
    Wild West of aggressive marketing and an industry supported by shadowy
    online marketers, small application vendors and website operators," the
    coalition site says.

    Prominent technology companies are backing StopBadware, including Google,
    Lenovo and Sun Microsystems. The U.S. Consumer Reports WebWatch is an
    unpaid advisor, the site says.

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    How interesting. Yay google!
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    Default Re: Google warns of websites that hurt computers

    You know what, I don't even trust google. There was some shady thing going on with Gmail when it first came out where there were bots that would look into your emails and search for keywords and put up ad links when viewing your emails. I guess most free web-based emails do stuff like that but I only read about google doing it so yea it makes me paranoid. I must've drunk the tap water from a cup, I should've brought my own bottled water.

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    Bottled water was not allowed, remember? And remember how everyone started talking so much after drinking the tap water?
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