Yahoo Treats Google as Malware Wrong TechCrunch Reports

I was just reading a article by Michael Arrington at Techcrunch on Google Is A Malware Site (Says Yahoo). Here is a small snippet :

I’m going to assume that the fact that some Yahoo search results that point to Google with a malware warning are a sign that their new partnership with McAfee just needs a little tuning. The alternatives are either (1) Google is serving Malware, or (2) Yahoo or McAfee are playing a little joke.

Google Dangerous Downloads

Now from the link they are referring to @ yahoo search results for Astalavista , the 10th result shows that google.com is a dangerous downloads website, but in you check out the result in detail, its a clear thing that the results are something else. When you click on the details of the yahoo search results the siteadviser McAfee results report that the website which is referred is astalavista.ms and not the real search engine google.com

Mcafee Malware Reports

Now we can just assume that the search results display URL may be wrong because what the SearchScan detail page informs is something else. This is a service which is similar to Google’s malware warning tool. May be techcrunch guys should do a little more research before getting into quick reports.

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Comments

  1. Obviously you don’t get it.

    It’s clearly a bug from Yahoo / McAfee integration.

    1- Yahoo shoudn’t return http://www.google.com as a result of searching astalavista
    2- The ranking insertion is wrong too
    3- The result is really funny

    Your post seems to say that everything is normal….
    Of course it’s not a bug but a feature ! ;-)

    Kudos to Techcrunch for posting that, so funny !

  2. David Lewis says:

    If you want to read a real case of Yahoo / McAfee making a mistake and labeling (libeling?) a site as a spammer, you can see my e-mail exchange with various parts of Yahoo here:

    http://www.revenews.com/davidlewis/my-life-as-a-spammer-or-so-says-yahoo/

  3. Alexander Rodichev says:

    I think this is an obvious case of unfair competition by McAfee. I wrote about my experience with the unfair ratings – Want to know how McAfee “SiteAdvisor” makes money on you? See if you are one of the targets: http://www.smartpctools.com/truth

  4. Make money says:

    lol. what a bug. :D

  5. Ronak Bhagdev says:

    check this query (http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Astalavista) again, you will get diffrent result.

    Yahoo has repaired it!!

  6. @david: I read your post and totally agree with you.

    Siteadivisor is pretty dumb to rate site generating spam. All my mailing lists sites are rated as Spam…

    I wonder why Yahoo has choosen McAfee Siteadvisors when in most reviews they are poorly rated compared to some other companies.

    @Ronak: Yeah they fixed it the next morning.

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