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Every site may harm your computer. (Thinks Google)

   31 Jan 09   Filed in General

Something strange has happened to Google. All links in search results are marked as harmful. I checked from both Windows and Linux machine so spyware interference is very unlikely. Must be a Google’s bug.

Google thinks Google may harm your computer.

Google thinks Google may harm your computer.

What’s going on? Any idea?

P.S. Unmask Parasites still works fine and correctly displays whether a site is really marked as suspicious or not. Hope the Google’s bug won’t propagate with the next blacklist update.

Update: When I was ready to publish this post, Google’s search results were back to normal.
I noticed, when Google reported every site as “harmful”, their Safe Browsing Diagnostics Pages returned “Internal Error” pages.  Maybe Google thinks if no safe browsing information is available, every link should be considered as suspicious.  Funny bug.
Update 2: This bug has another consequence. In Google Webmaster Tools every site now has this warning

False warning in Google Webmaster Tools.

Hope this issue will be resolved soon too.

Update 3  (human error): Google has posted an official explanation:

… 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.

Reader's Comments (%)

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    good job bro, at that time my web got that msg too. i was surprise, but then it just dissapear :P. google jokes