Google has just announced new change they are rolling out in google search which warns you if it detects your computer is infected with some malware. This particular malware causes infected computers to send traffic to Google through a small number of intermediary servers called “proxies.”
If your computer is affected you will see a warning appears at the top of the search results page when we believe that the computer you’re using is infected with malicious software, also known as “malware.” Malware can be used to intercept your computer’s connection to Google and other sites. When Google’s system detects that a connection has been intercepted, it’s likely that the computer was previously infected with malicious software as shown in the image below.
At such time when you see this warning while doing google search, or when the page opened in your browser after being redirected by some software or proxy you can take the following steps mentioned below.
1. Update Your Antivirus – Update the virus definitions of your antivirus program installed on your computer, updated antivirus software might be able to detect the malware infection on your computer and can repair it as well.
2. Quick Scan – Make sure you run a quick scan on your computer files and folder, antivirus can detect the infection and at least prevent active virus to further and stop it from being active on yours computer.
We would also suggest you to try the following programs which can remove the most common malware. You may need to try more than one to catch every instance of malware on your computer. Make sure to use the latest versions of these programs.
- Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware [ windows ]
- Free Version of Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, which is available as a part of Google Pack
- MacScan (Mac)
Take Help From Computer Support Forums
You can also use the freeware program called HijackThis, an advanced anti-spyware application, to find settings on their computers that may have been changed by malware. HijackThis will create a log of files and settings that you should then analyze, to determine if they have been affected by malware. Here are some support forums where you can post your HijackThis log and receive technical assistance.
Some Tips To Avoid Malware Infection On Your Computer
To prevent malware from infiltrating your computer in the future, follow these general best practices out of which some of them you can easily follow to stay safe.
- Upgrade your computer to use the latest operating systems and software.
- Turn on automatic updates for your operating system.
- Turn on automatic updates for your programs. Regularly check for updates for programs that don’t have automatic update functionality, such as Adobe Flash.
- Don’t click on links you don’t know the destination of.
- Don’t download email attachments from anyone you don’t know.
- Sign in to user accounts with limited permissions on your computer. This lessens the ability of malware to make system-wide changes to your computer.
- Install a firewall and antivirus software, ensuring automatic updates are enabled.
- If you use an email program on your computer to send and receive messages, install spam filtering software. Many email programs also come with built-in spam filters.
In case you found out the malware program which caused google to display this warning for your computer, you can also report it.
How To Report a Malware Software
If you feel you were deceived when you installed a program that creates popups or modifies your browser, you may want to file a complaint at StopBadware.org. Additionally, you may want to contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which handles complaints about deceptive or unfair business practices in the U.S. To file a complaint, do one of the following:
- Visit https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
- Call 1-877-FTC-HELP
- Write to: Federal Trade Commission, CRC-240, Washington, D.C. 20580