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Google search snafu fixed, explained

What started as a normal weekend morning for Internet users turned into a paranoid panic when the Google search engine started reporting that every site – and we mean every site – was contaminated with malware.

To quote my friend Bob, who woke me up this morning at 7 AM with the news, “What the hell?”

It took me a few minutes to determine that while all Google searches were indeed reporting that every site “may harm your computer,” this was not really the case. Google was reporting one of my Web sites was potentially filled with malware… and I had taken it down for maintenance the day before. Without any connection to the Internet I knew that server wasn’t infected with anything.

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