Google Blows Up, Suggests the Internet is Harmful

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It appears some sort of bug has snuck into the Google secret sauce. A feature that was intended to warn users of potential phishing sites has jumped the shark declaring the internet harmful. That’s right, every single result is deemed by Google to be harmful.

This is surely a bug and will be fixed but these guys really should be running some QA testing before rolling new releases.

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Modern browsers give the opportunity for you to select your default search provider for your in-browser search box. Traditionally, my search box has been set to Google. However, it’s set to Ask.com right now, and so far I’m happy with the results.

Update: TechCrunch had it first.

Update 2: Google Mea Cupla – it was the fault of a slash (/).

  • jmdeur

    thanks for confirming that it’s google’s problem, not mine. fortunately, yahoo, etc. still work – maybe this is a wakeup call to stop automatically going to google for my search engine needs.

  • http://www.making-the-web.com/2009/01/31/google-bug-stops-searches/ Brendon

    This is really surprising. You’d think Google would have some contingencies for this.

    With Google down, you can pretty much say the entire WWW is down.

    -brendon.

  • David Weinstock

    Good catch. I think this has just happened in the last few minutes and it can’t last for long. But while it lasts, it is a total crash for Google’s search function, there’s no way to get through to a result without copying and pasting its URL into the address bar.

  • http://thewhizkidfortecruises.blogspot.com whizkidforte

    I have that same problem too! I restarted Firefox, then typed “TV” in Google, and all sites have warnings – even reliable ones like the BBC’s!

  • http://nmkuttiady.blogspot.com Nabeel

    google for google, you get the same

  • http://asdasdas Marc

    Madness, pense que yo era el que tenia un virus xDDDDD

  • Mitch

    It was bound to happen. Lawyers.

  • Me

    This appears to be global–at least I know that both US and Australia are currently affected

  • http://www.odograph.com odograph

    Found your site googling to see if it was only me (google news sites are not blocked).

    I betcha it was a DB error, someone dropped a table of good/bad sites.

  • X

    Use a redirect remover in firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/537

  • Anony

    Google is clearly going downhill

  • http://unlimitedjargon.blogspot.com Caesar

    I just noticed the same thing whilst I was working, but it has just been fixed.

  • http://Google.com Google (at Football365)

    We’ve got internet AIDS :(

  • http://www.cableforum.co.uk Paul M

    If I turn filtering off in google preferences it seems to fix it.

  • Harry Rickards

    It’s fixed now. Also the googlebadware.user.js greasemonkey script bypassess googles warnings.

  • Kevin

    It’s not that I disagree that the interweb is dangerous…. but yeah, this is annoying. I’m actually using yahoo at the moment.

  • mark

    THE WHOLE INTERNET MAY HARM YOUR COMPUTER!!!!!

    RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.armeda.com dre

    Was quite aggravating this morning, I thought one of my FF plugins was freaking out!

  • http://www.topix.com/forum/world/TJAPUVRLP6PDTC06A bt

    Here is a screenshot:

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  • http://afrogtokiss.net Beth

    What? GOOGLE makes a boo boo? Say it isn’t so. I’ve started using Ask and Yahoo with good results. I do use Google for image searches, though. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but just after the new year, Google started utilizing their search filtering more-mostly on image searches.

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