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We at Bing absolutely believe that security is one of our top priorities. We will keep investing in security, as one of our primary goals is to protect and secure our users and provide them with a safe search experience.
What have we noticed in Bing?
Over the last year, we have seen an increase in social engineering malware. Malware providers mostly target popular search queries on antivirus products, free software downloads, and related technical queries. Their intent is to game the search engine to show their malware sites as top results for the popular queries. This is done by using various search engine spam techniques (page-level and link-level spam techniques). We have also noticed that the number of searches for the queries the malware providers target (for example, antivirus products in various forms) is significant and that they consistently show up in our list of top queries.
Good news for Bing users
In response to this growing threat, Bing has invested in ways to identify and filter sites that download malicious software. We call this feature our Malware Filter. This feature complements our existing Drive-By-Download detection by identifying and removing social engineering malware sites from our results. We can block new threats from existing malicious sites, even if those threats are not yet blocked by traditional antivirus or anti-malware signatures. Here are some examples of what types of sites we are now blocking and how they might infect our users with what they download:
What users think they're downloading
Types of files they are actually downloading
From our analysis on sites blocked by our malware filter, a significant portion of the malware sites are fake antivirus product sites. Bing's Malware Filter is now protecting our users who make queries for those products.
For comprehensive protection from malware, we highly recommend that users also install traditional antivirus products and keep them updated.
How you can help
Please report sites that you think may be malicious using the Bing support form. In the drop down list describing the type of problem, select Other, then complete the rest of the form and click submit.
We’re committed to protecting our users from the attacks of today and those of the future. Please stay tuned for more blog posts on our security endeavors to protect our users and keep the Internet a safe place to search.
~Sasi Parthasarathy, Bing Index Quality Group
Thank you very much for this information. I makes a lot of sense to inform users of false security sites. I am pleased as a user that you are prepared to spend for security resources.Makes me feel safer.
I am anwar from indonesia agree that security is one of top priorities
this is a nice touch you have added here microsoft bing resorces it makes the internets safer but still hackers and mallicious people tend to try and find loop holes so stay on the look out
i'm happy to see that bing are removing malware from search results, however i know this is an uphill struggle. malware authors are very persistent in pushing their crud!
for example, searching for screensavers on bing returns results of sites that have a long history of pushing all forms of malware at the same time as lacklustre screensaver products.
what's the process bing uses to determine whether a site performs drive-by installs of malware, or if its primary use is to host malware even if the end-user has to click to download?
That's really great. I feel that I am surfing through 'Bing' very comfortably.
It's helpful to see that Bing has added the Malware Filter to filter out malicious websites. Security is my top priority now.
I'm glad to read this entry. I use IE8 and am very impressed with the Smartscreen Downloads filter. To have this Malware filter just goes to prove I know who to trust when I'm online. THanks to you all for keeping me safe:-)
so we a are safe on bing no need to worry aout anything? Thanks bing for nice security system!
Where can you report a malware site to bing that it is listing?
We just added the link to the post for reporting to Bing Support any malware sites you encounter. Thanks for your support in this effort!
I personally observed that this common malwares came from pop ads. I once happen to allow one pop up and more ads came up.
Thanks for the malware protection.
I hope we can continue to protect our internet for safer surfing, purchasing and downloading
If its like how google filters this junk out - you all better start working on fixing it already... :)
Nice - Thank You Bing!
Nice info.. thx
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