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A service call Stopbadware.org that is supposed to warn users of sites containing malware was recently involved in some confusion along with Google. It seems Stopbadware flagged the site misterpoll.com as a potentially dangerous site to visit. Then the Google search results for misterpoll.com had the warning:” Visiting this Web site may harm your computer!”

This would generally be seen as a good thing except that none of it was true. It caused traffic at the Mister Poll site to drastically drop. The blog at the Mister Poll site said,” If they receive an anonymous complaint about a web site, they will put you on a “bad” list which is then supplied to Google, who is also one of their financial investors. Google immediately blocks all search results to that web site with that horrific, and in my view libelous, warning.”

According to the blog post they had no prior warning from Google or Stopbadware that their site was being flagged for malware. Mister Poll said had they been notified of any security issue they would have corrected it immediately. Normally the only way for a site to be taken off the list is a 10-day appeal process through Stopbadware.com.

Mysteriously Google had taken the warning down the next day. Again the site owners received no communication from either Goggle or Stopbadware. “I’ve received no communications from Google or StopBadware, so I don’t know what triggered them to correct things. I can’t help but think it was due to the buzz this generated and the complaints that many of you sent their way. The timing is very coincidental, and the fact that it happened early on a Saturday with no feedback from their official appeals process would seem to confirm this. I truly thank you all for your help.”

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Mike is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.

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