Yahoo! released its beta version of SearchScan, a free service similar to Google service, where I made mention about Hong Kong’s Citybus as an unsafe site to visit. (How come Google’s brain is always ahead of many things?)
The service is currently limited to users in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain.
It aims to check the following:
* Browser Exploits — These are sites that can stealthily harm a user’s computer or install malware simply by visiting the site. Beginning today, any such sites or pages included in McAfee’s data will be removed from search results automatically.
* Dangerous Downloads — SearchScan will display warnings next to search results for sites that offer potentially dangerous software, such as viruses, spyware or adware. Users often may be unaware that these can be passed along with the screensavers, games and other software downloads.
* Unsolicited Email — SearchScan will alert users to scanned sites that send unsolicited emails or inappropriately share email addresses with third parties.
With SearchScan, our goal is to protect users by allowing them to make a more informed decision about the websites they visit. By displaying prominent warnings next to search results for sites with potentially dangerous downloads or unsavory email practices, users are aware that while visiting the site may be safe, downloading a file or sharing an email address could be risky. Browser exploits, which include drive-by downloads, are different. Since just visiting these sites can cause harm, they will not appear in Yahoo! Search results if they’ve been identified by McAfee.
I just wonder if removing the suspicious link would be better than issuing warnings. Sometimes man’s curiosity will tempt him to click on fraudulent and dangerous downloads.