Organic Results Showing Many Malware Sites, Google Expunges Thousands

Seems companies using malware are starting to get good placement in the organic SERPs (search engine result pages), according to numerous reports this week. The sites contain code that install intrusive software that creates automated popups and subvert browsers amongst other things.

Sunbelt Software CEO Alex Eckelberry told ComputerWorld he had come across "27 different domains, each with up to 1,499 [malicious] pages. That's 40,000 possible pages."

Sunbelt offers security software including antispyware and antimalware.

One site "tried to install more than 25 separate pieces of malware, including numerous Trojan horses, a spam bot, a full-blown rootkit, and a pair of password stealers. All the malicious code pitched at users is well-known to security vendors, and can only exploit PCs that aren't up-to-date on their patches," ComputerWorld reported.

Google has expunged thousands of such pages since Monday when the problem was first reported, according to Sunbelt.

"Google did confirm yesterday with us that they were working the case, and they are good about nailing this stuff," Eckelberry told ComputerWorld.

Though ComputerWorld did say Google had not confirmed or denied any actions taken on their part.

If anyone is seeing any of these in any of the search engines please let us know here.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.