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About two years behind Google, Microsoft has finally decided to start marking malicious sites in the search results for Live Search. Better late than never though, I suppose.

"The web can be a dangerous place; there are threats around every corner," says Christian Seifert, Software Design Engineer, Live Search Anti-Spam & Anti-Malware Team. "In recent years, threats coming from web pages have significantly increased, from malicious programs hosted on web pages, to downloads that manipulate your computer and steal your personal information. In the past, these threats mainly came from questionable websites, but today even reputable sites can turn bad, which means that everyone is at risk for malware."

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While fighting the "plague of the web" as Microsoft puts it is certainly a good thing, the criticism has already started to flow from readers at the company’s blog post announcing this "new" feature.

A number of people are still upset about the Black Friday Cashback fiasco. One person says, "A NEW blog post referring to battling the PLAGUE, completely ignoring any of the previous problems using that have PLAGUED your OWN cashback program that has self destructed.  No response to those that have cashback problems, and still no date on when the 40% will be reoffered as was promised."

While another says, "Could Live Search crawl the web and find my 40% cashback please?" Other commentary follows suit with this request.

One reader event calls Microsoft out for using an example site, which apparently tried to install a virus on their computer. I’m not sure whose fault that one is. Another comment is a bit more contstructive:

Why is the warning powered by JavaScript? If I click the link, that warning pops-up, but if I have JavaScript disabled, there is zero warning, that seems crazy…

I think it is great that you have this feature of alerting people, but it’s execution needs to be re-evaluated. I also think it isn’t a good idea to have a web site that you believe is infected to appear as results number 1.

Now that’s a valid point.

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  • http://wolfet.co.uk NeuroToxic

    Yeah its a good feature for them to include, but its abit late as so many others have been doing this for a while, my recommendation would be to use McAfee’s browser addon/plugin www.siteadvisor.com.

    • Chris Crum

      Of course Microsoft suggests using their own products.

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

    Javascript is never good for trapping since this can be disabled.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    I never could understand the “cashback” thing & all its complications.
    simple answer would have been to say 40% discount for orders made on particular day or whatever. the company’s selling would then claim the difference from the promoters/manufactures & the public would not feel cheated and shop again at the particular site,rather than maybe thinking this could be a rip off or con (not saying for one second that is was or meant to be) answer everybody happy…

  • http://www.kennelcoughindogs.com kennel cough

    I think this is an excellent move to prevent th widespread of child porn and prostitution.It will increase parents awareness on their kids internet usage..I can feel safer now for my kids..

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