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How to remove the “This site may harm your computer” warning from your website’s listings in Google search results and “Reported Attack Site!” Warning. A step by step guide!

August 11th, 2009 No comments

What is the warning?

Google puts this warning flag in its search results for pages where its automated web crawler was attacked by viruses or spyware when it visited the page. The purpose of the warning is to help protect web surfers who are using Google search results, by steering them away from malicious pages. Yahoo also provides similar warnings on its result pages.

If you are a webmaster, you know that the overwhelming majority of webmasters do not create malicious pages on purpose. You didn’t make your site malicious on purpose, either. If you did, you’d know perfectly well why your site is dangerous, and you wouldn’t be reading this.

So if you are reading this, you are probably confused about what happened to your site that got it flagged.  

Why is your site flagged?

Here are reasons why your website can be flagged with the “This site may harm your computer” warning in Google search results:

  1. Your site was hacked. This is a very common reason for the badware flag. If someone tricked your server into allowing them to modify files in your site, they could have inserted malicious code into your web pages or into your database tables, or they could have altered your .htaccess or your HTML or JavaScript code so your site automatically redirects visitors to a malicious site.  
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