Bing shows five times more malware websites than Google, according to study


Search engines like Google and Bing index the web. The web contains thousands (millions?) of malware links, either malicious websites or malicious downloads. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that malware links can be found when searching via a search engine. The people at major search engines, including Google and Bing, realize this fact and put effort into filtering out malicious links. However, they aren’t always successful… but Google is more successful than Bing.

According to an eighteen month study, AV-Test Institute (who call themselves “the independent IT-security institute”, based in Germany) found Bing delivers roughly five times more malware search results than Google:


In total AV-Test Institute looked at that looked at over 40 million websites in search results from seven global search engines: Google, Bing, Yandex, Blekko, Faroo, Teomaand Baidu. As it turns out, Google and Bing actually have the two lowest rates of malware results. (Note: the above chart doesn’t show the results for all search engines tested.)

So, does that mean you should be worried about getting a malware link from Google or Bing? You should always be skeptical of clicking on links you don’t recognize, but you really don’t have to start pulling your hair out due to tension about being given malware links from Google or Bing. Why? Because if you do quick math, you will learn,¬†according to this study, the rate of malware websites delivered by Google is .0025% and for Bing is .00117%. With such low rates, the chance of you personally being served a malware link in search results by Google or Bing is beyond minimal.

That being said, as AV-Test Institute points out, Google serves billions of search results every day. So, even with such small rates, that means thousands of people are receiving malware links in search results every day:

The relationship between the websites examined and the malware found seems harmless at first glance.If we factor in thef act that Google processes around 2 to 3 billion search requests every day, however, it becomes clear that hundreds of thousands of infected websites are delivered to users on a daily basis.

So, yeah. Don’t get rid of that anti-virus/anti-malware program just yet.

[via AV-Test Institute]

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  • Rob (Down Under)

    PS That web page only shows a few comments at a time, and the default order is oldest first.
    There is a combobox selection that allows you to list newest first. My comment will then be visible.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    Why are the rest of you (couple of exceptions), not annoyed at what Google is doing ?
    Even if you don’t wish to view nudity, you should be annoyed about the sneaky CENSORSHIP that Google has done. What will they choose to quietly censor next ? ?
    if a few of you post complaints in the comments on this article –
    It might get the word spread about GOOGLE’S SNEAKY CENSORSHIP

  • AFPhy6

    [@Rob (Down Under)]

    You can turn off Safe Searches in Yahoo, too, and that is the only way I was able to use that effectively.

    You did bring a smile to my face with your example of google’s blocking. I am seriously beginning to wonder why people consider Google to be the best search engine now – That reputation has to be getting a bit tarnished nowadays.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    [@AFPhy6] I too would be interested in knowing which is the best uncensored Image search.
    With Bing you can switch Safe Search off, so it is a bit better.
    I tried searching Google for –
    “a HUGE opening for someone”
    but Safe Search blocked that.

  • AFPhy6

    [@Rob (Down Under)]
    I noticed a couple years ago that Google’s “image search” had become inadequate, even when I had “Safe Search” off. I was looking for a particular topless photo of some actress that I gotten from Google search some years before to show a friend. Gone,gone,gone, according to Google. I ended up going to Yahoo(I think) to finally locate it easily.

    I don’t know if Yahoo’s search has not been crippled, but I would not be surprised. I wonder if there is a search engine out there that has “no safe search” by default.

    This suddenly sounds like a HUGE opening for someone who wishes to accommodate a business opportunity.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    Much of the nasty stuff is waiting for you on Adult web sites.
    Google is now censoring your searches, so Google won’t list all the sites that you may be wishing to visit.
    That will now account for a major difference in nasties.
    How have they done that ?
    They have made it impossible for you to fully turn off Safe Search.
    I don’t like what they have done there.
    And I hate even more that they have done it sneakily, and won’t admit it.
    If you live in Aust, US, UK, and perhaps other places, you cannot turn off Safe Search. And it ain’t even easy to get to the page where you can’t turn it off.
    If you use the German Google, you can turn it off (or you could when I last tried)

    P Off’d,
    PS I am 10% into my German language course.