Yahoo To Flag Malware Sites In Search Results

Tomorrow Yahoo will launch a partnership with McAfee and will integrate their Site Advisor malware scanning product into Yahoo search.

The most dangerous websites are simply being removed from search results. Yahoo is also flagging less dangerous offending sites to warn users of specific problems that have been reported from those sites. Example warning messages include “Warning: Unsolicited E-mails” and “Warning: Dangerous Downloads.”

Site Advisor’s core product is a Firefox Add On that provides similar warnings to users. It’s similar to Haute Secure, which we have covered in the past. The Add On has been downloaded 135 million times, says McAfee.

The new feature is optional for Yahoo search users, although the default is set to on.