This afternoon, I noticed that Google considered the official website of the Professional Regulation Commission or PRC as a harmful website.
Here’s the screenshot of the SERP when searching for the “www.prc.gov.ph“.
And right below the title of the website, Google placed this comment “Ang site na ito ay maaring makasama sa computer mo (my translation: This site may cause harm to your computer)“.
But what really are the causes why Google considered the PRC’s official website as harmful?
The flag, “This site may harm your computer”, is Google’s way of protecting its users from the harm brought by websites that install malicious codes in the background or the websites that are promoting harmful websites.
In other words, if your website is flagged in the search engine result page, then it only means either of the two: (1) contains or simply spreads malicious codes; (2) linking to a harmful websites.
But in the case of the PRC’s official website, the flag by Google to the website could mean that Google found malicious codes from the website itself especially that the said website offers documents and forms in ZIP and PDF files.
What I means is that maybe some of the files hosted by the site are infected by malicious programs like virus, trojan, worm, etc.
In the Google Safe Browsing – Diagnostic page for www.prc.gov.ph, we’ll find this information:
What is the current listing status for prc.gov.ph?
Site is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer.
Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.
What happened when Google visited this site?
Of the 89 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 2 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-08-01, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-07-14.
Malicious software includes 4 scripting exploit(s), 4 trojan(s), 4 exploit(s).
Malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including gamemaill.com/, f1y.in/.
1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including f1y.in/.
This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS9658 (ETPI).
But sometimes the flag is false. Maybe Google identified something from the site as malicious code but in reality it’s not.
However, we still need to check our site just to make sure that it’s really safe because while your site is still flagged by Google, then you might lose a lot of traffic that should be driven into your site.
Remember that when clickingÂ a flagged website from the SERP, instead of redirecting you to the website, Google will direct you first to a warning page that is shown like the screenshot below:
Those who understand what are written on that warning page will of course decide to return to the SERP instead of visiting your site.
And while you’re losing visitors, you’re also losing income.
In checking whether your site or blog is harmful or not, use a site-advisor tool. Here’s few of the site-advisors I knew:
But the best thing to do is to use the Google Webmasters’ Tools. It’s Google that flags websites in the search results, so it’s Google that can help us identify the file or the webpage in our site where it found something wrong.
Once you checked and corrected the problem, file a reconsideration request at Google Webmaster Central and explain in your letter what have you done to correct the problem and why Google should remove the flag on your site.
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