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Searching for “Virus Removal” Tools Can Lead to an Even Worse Outcome

Many people tend to trust well known companies such as Google and Yahoo, but sometimes these search companies serve up some troubling links in their search results. There are many people who use these search sites to find out information about how to remove viruses, etc., but if a user types in “Security Tool Removal,” they are served up dangerous links that go to malicious websites. These websites can create even more of a security risk without the user even knowing.

All links in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page) that are marked red indicate that these sites are dangerous. The red indicator is from the WOT (Web of Trust) Firefox and Internet Explorer add-on. The WOT add-on shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.

When searching “Security Tool Removal” look at how many dangerous websites are marked red. The chances of someone clicking on one of those dangerous links are pretty good.

I encourage and recommend that you download the WOT add-on for Firefox and or Internet Explorer so that you know what links are marked dangerous preventing you from clicking on links that go to malicious websites.

Download the WOT plugin

  • 08/13/2010
  • IT

Google reveals new look

Google unveiled its redesigned search pages this week, a response to “the increasing power of search”.

The most obvious changes focus on the left-hand side panel of the site, which will now change displaying relevant information to what you are searching for.

This panel also makes it easier to drill into the search. When you enter your search in, you will automatically get all information about that subject but if you want just Images, Maps or News, then you just change the options on the left-hand side.

This stops you from having to switch between pages if, say, you choose the Images tab at the top of Google.

Other changes include the streamlining of some options and slight tweaks to the site’s color and the look of the Google logo.

“The new design refreshes and streamlines the look, feel and functionality of Google, making it easier to pinpoint what you’re looking for,” says Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience, in a blog post.

“It’s powerful, yet simple. Today’s changes are the latest in our continuing efforts to evolve and improve Google.”

If you want to learn more about Google’s changes, watch the video below:

via Google Blog

10 Tips To Search Google Better

Just guess, you probably use Google many times a day. But, like most people, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. The list is by no means comprehensive. But, by learning and using the 10 tips below, you’ll be able to get better results faster. The search tips are intentionally short as you will more than likely learn more simply by trying these tips yourself. I suggest you bookmark this article, then they will be on hand during a desperate attempt to find something..

1. Search explicitly for a phrase:
Enclose the search phrase within double quotes.
Example: “internet marketing”

2. Exclude any results that contain a term:
Use the “-” sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
Example Search: internet marketing -advertising

3. Search within a site:
Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term.
Use the “site:somesite.com” modifier.
Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com

4. Search Similar Words & Synonyms:
Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.
Use the “~” in front of the word.
Example: “internet marketing” ~professional

5. Search By Document Types:
Use the modifier “filetype:”.
Example: “internet marketing” filetype:ppt

6. Get search results for one or more terms: 
By default, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match.
Use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).
Example: internet marketing OR advertising

7. Lookup Phone Listing:
If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up.
Use the “phonebook:” command.
Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).

8. Lookup Area Code:
Just enter the 3-digit area code.
Example: 617

9. Calculate it:
Just type your expression in to Google.
Example: 48512 * 1.02

10. Find a Definition:
Simply use the “define:” command.
Example: define:plethora

Bing brings Cash to your pocket

Bing cashback is easy as 1, 2, 3: Search, Shop and Save. Within Bing’s product search results or sponsored listings, click on any product or ad with the Bing cashback gleam, purchase the product through the merchant’s site, and get cashback. In most cases, you will have to wait 60 days to get your cashback, but after that period, you can get your cashback via PayPal, direct deposit to your bank account or via check mailed to you.

Another reason to get on the map!

Is your business on the map? Millions of people look for businesses on Google Maps every day, and an increasing number of users are turning to their mobile devices to make real time location-based decisions. Last week, the Google Maps team launched a server-side change that makes it easier to get directions to businesses. A user can now get directions to restaurants, stores, and other points of interest by entering their names in the start or end point.