Google is often the first line of defense for users when it comes to online protection. For years, Google has placed warnings on websites that are known malware hosts. Unfortunately, malware distributers have learned ways to get around the Google enforcement. Google now hopes to crack down on repeat offenders and offer longer lasting restrictions.
The Google search engine is based around the use of automated web bots. These web crawling bots (sometimes called a “spider”) crawl websites for new information to be added to the main search index. This information is compiled into the list of links that a user receives when they type a phrase into the Google search engine. In the past, if a website was found to be in violation of Googles anti-malware, unwanted software or phishing policies, then the website would be branded with a warning. This warning came in the form of a red splash screen that gave users the option to retreat to safety instead of entering the website.