May 23, 2008

Yahoo!7 and McAfee have announced a partnership to deliver a safer web search experience through Yahoo!7 Search. The new SearchScan feature by Yahoo!7 Search, powered by the award-winning McAfee SiteAdvisor technology, provides always-on alerts to users for “risky” sites with security concerns such as spyware, adware and other malicious software that can infect and damage a user’s PC.

SearchScan also identifies sites that have shown bad email practices, flooding user in-boxes with spammy emails.

By integrating McAfee’s technology into Yahoo!7 Search, sites that may harm the user’s computer just by visiting them will be eliminated from appearing in Yahoo!7 Search results.

SearchScan also alerts users to potentially risky sites with a red warning sign in search results, allowing users to proceed with caution.

After children’s safety, 65 percent of Australians online are more worried about clicking unsecured search listings than the threat of neighborhood crime, getting ones wallet stolen or email scams. SearchScan addresses users urgent need to avoid visiting dangerous sites on the web when conducting a search.

The McAfee Yahoo!7 partnership represents a major step forward for safer searching online; users who conduct web searches with Yahoo!7 will be warned about the many malicious and dangerous websites before they visit them.

The new SearchScan feature from Yahoo!7 Search makes searching the web even safer than ever before. No other search engine today offers this level of warning before visiting sites that can damage or infect a user’s PC and cost them valuable time and money.

The advance warning offered by McAfee SiteAdvisor is one of the strongest weapons in the battle against online threats. Research indicates that 4 out of 5 website visits start with a search, and consumers who use Yahoo!7 Search will now be alerted to high-risk websites. This protects users from known malicious threats such as browser exploits that will wreck their PC with a single click or spyware that can lead to identity theft.

Source: Yahoo!7