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January 31, 2009 06:48 PST

Posted by Andrew.

I just searched something in Google, I found all search results are marked "This site may harm your computer", even including Google self! May Harm Your Computer?

Here is a screenshot, I searched Google in on Jan 31, 2009 06:47 PST, the site "" is marked "This site may harm your computer": May Harm Your Computer? Is google crazy? :-)

Update on Jan 31, 2009 07:20 PST:

The problem now appears to be fixed.

Updated on Jan 31, 2009 19:09 PST:

Google Official Blog: What happened? Very simply, human error

Google by now blogged about it, saying:

"This site may harm your computer" on every search result?!?!

Source: Google Official Blog

What happened? Very simply, human error. Google flags search results with the message "This site may harm your computer" if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers. We maintain a list of such sites through both manual and automated methods. We work with a non-profit called to come up with criteria for maintaining this list, and to provide simple processes for webmasters to remove their site from the list.

We periodically update that list and released one such update to 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. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file. Since we push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion, the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes.

#1  posted on January 31, 2009 07:28 PST
I just searched google for some plugins, and had exactly the same problem as you. But after 5 minutes, everything seems back to normal.
My search time was January 31. 16:13 GMT+1

#2  posted on February 13, 2009 09:32 PST
Turns out it wasn't the fault of, who do work with Google on the data - but it's actually Google's file. Wouldn't want to be the poor programmer who checked in that file ("don't worry mate, I think we fixed it before anyone noticed...") :-)

#3  posted on March 14, 2009 07:01 PDT
lol i remember that, was getting a botnet attack and their sitewas out. Yet it did not seem to run that long

#4  posted on April 20, 2009 03:01 PDT
I have read an article about this,it said that it was a human error that caused the surprising event. And malware checking both involve human and machine work.

#5  posted on July 25, 2009 17:46 PDT
fuck this piece of shit

#6  posted on November 03, 2009 04:58 PST
I am constantly surprised that things run as smoothly as they do, compare it to when you have to deal with plumbers etc and you realise that mediocrity is the norm.

#7  posted on February 17, 2010 01:29 PST
using plunging in fire fox...

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