Some websites try to fool the visitors by making them install an irrelevant program through a web page that displays an advertisement with play or download buttons.
The downloaded application will be of no use to the visitor, and it may infect their PC with malware or adware, explains Lucas Ballard in a blog post. In some cases, the page will ask the user to enter the password of their Gmail or bank account or the downloaded program will install a keylogger which records the keystrokes and sends it to a remote PC.
The Chrome browser was one of the first Google product that displays a warning when a user tries to open websites that trick users only for the purpose of generating revenue or stealing personal data. This feature will now be implemented in the Google search engine.
Whether you’re using Chrome or not, Google search will make sure that a website doesn’t infect your computer or steals personal information.
Why is the safe browsing feature useful for you?
Many computers around the world are infected daily with viruses. This is because users download and install harmful software from torrent or non-trusted websites. Google is now capable of scanning a website to check if it is detrimental or not. If it finds the suspicious code, Google will display a warning message to the visitor. The webmaster will find malware or malicious site warning in the search console.
If you’re a website owner who is seeing deceptive site ahead warning when you open your web page, use the Google’s virus total tool to identify the reason.
The Virus Total is an online virus and malware scanner. When you open this site, you’ll find the File, URL and search option. Click on the URL and enter the permalink of your web page in the text box. Now click on the search icon. The tool will make 26 antivirus scanners to analyze your web page. If any of the scanners finds malicious code embedded in the page, it will display a warning.
If you’ve developed the website from scratch, open the aw snap tool to locate the code which is considered as malware or deceptive by Google. WordPress users can install an anti-malware or security plugin from the WordPress repository. The plugin will fix the deceptive site ahead error for you.