21 March 2007

Microsoft's search excels in spreading malware

"Everybody knows that Windows Live Search, Microsoft's little search engine that could, lags far behind Google and Yahoo! in the race to capture eyeballs. Here's one place where the software juggernaut's offering leads the pack: referrals for sites that actively try to infect end users' machines with some of the vilest malware known to man.

This isn't the first time Microsoft's net properties have dished up unsavory offerings. Last month the company admitted its Windows Live Messenger client displayed banner ads promoting an application blacklisted as a security risk. Shortly after Microsoft made the admission, MSN Groups was caught displaying ads for a separate piece of software widely regarded as rogue."

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