Yahoo! Shows Google as a Malware! Turns out to be Yahoo! URL Mix-Up!

May 13, 2008 | 3,388 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Since the successful launch of McAfee powered Yahoo's Search Scan, it was only a matter of time for something to go wrong. It seems luck just isn't going Yahoo's way.

According to a post on TechCrunch, a small glitch in the Yahoo! SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages) that are now powered by SearchScan showed the Google Home Page as a potential Malware Threat.

Search results on Yahoo! for the query Astalavista returned various results with Google.com as a part of search results. The Google home page was placed at position tenth and was marked as 'Dangerous Downloads'. It seems like Yahoo! somehow managed to mix-up Google's URL with that of Astalavista's.

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However, Yahoo! has now corrected the mistake and for the same search query, the results are exactly what they should be.

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Yahoo! needs to take a second look at these mistakes, as it may cause further troubles that might be difficult to encounter. Additionally, if Yahoo! is indeed looking for a partnership with Google, it should better watch its steps.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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