Search wars

Malware Is Your Punishment For Using Bing

Google is no longer the "King of Malware"
Malware selfie. (Photo: Hahsgram)

Malware selfie. (Photo: Hahsgram)

Perhaps Binging it too often has some unintended and harmful side effects. According to a new study from a German security firm, the Microsoft-owned search engine is five times more likely to link you to a malware-infected page than Google.

In a high-tech humblebrag, AV-Test Institute reported that its initial suspicions that Google and Bing do a poor job of protecting their users from delivering Trojan-laden websites were correct. But Google isn’t really a winner here: it’s just that it did a less shitty job of indexing infected websites compared to Bing.

For 18 months, the lab surveyed the harmfulness of 40 million websites from seven search engines. More than half of the results came from Bing and Google, with the other portion being pulled from search sites popular in other countries, like China’s Baidu and Russia’s Yandex.

PC Magazine writes that Yandex was the least safe. You’ve been warned, Russia’s one Betabeat reader.

The 5,000 pieces of malware the study found are concentrated in Yandex results—which had 3,330 malicious links out of the 13 million the AV-Test looked at. Bing had a little under half that, with 1,285 malicious results out of 10 million pages. Google returned a mere 272 malicious results in 10 million while Bleko had even fewer: 203 out of around three million.

Guess we’ll go back to using Lycos.

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