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Common Internet searches may spell danger

Some of the results produced by search engines can lead to websites that will make a mess of your computer, according to a new study on the Internet's riskiest searches. Terms like "screensaver," "ringtones," and "free downloads" can produce links to sites that could expose your computer to a wide range of techno-headaches, including pop-up ads and spam. spyware is another danger — sneaky programs that get inside your computer and allow outsiders to observe your online activity. Ben Edelman, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University's economics department, has researched the traps and techno-headaches lurking in some of the websites listed in search engine results.

» Toronto Star - PATRICK EVANS - 28-05-2006

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