computer virusEver run in to a Web site that you know for sure started loading a virus on to your computer? Why not do your part to keep the Internet safe and report them?

Last night I encountered a virus attempting to load itself on to my system.  This was not a nefarious site, and one that I have been visiting for years, and much to my shock it started to load one of those “Your system is at risk!” bogus programs that tries to trick you into loading it, and then you spend 3 days trying to clean it out of your system.

Since this is a site I have visited for years, I dropped them an email as opposed to reporting them, however, if you do run into a site that is obviously malicious, did you know you can report them to Google?

Considering Google is the largest search engine, getting booted from the search results can be pretty damaging to a site, so this actually does matter.  If a site is found to be truly malicious, Google will remove them from the search results, and they will also put up a page that warns you of the reports before you entire the site.  All you need to do is go to http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_badware/, enter the URL, answer the security question and enter text about why you think the site is bad, click “Submit Report” and you’re all done!

Do your good deed for the day by reporting the bad guys.

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