Torrent site Demonoid flagged by Google

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

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Google has flagged popular torrent site Demonoid, on the basis of it containing malware. According to sources, searching for and/or visiting the Demonoid website leads to a Google advisory notice reading "Warning - visiting this website may harm your computer!" Although access to Demonoid is then allowed, Google will follow up its warning with links and tips on how to protect your computer from malware. A advisory report is also available for download, in which Google explains that the flagging came about due to more than five Demonoid pages containing "malicious software" that was "being downloaded and installed without user consent."

This comes right after a 20-month hiatus for the torrent website, who addressed the Google flagging in a statement. "We run content from a lot of ad networks in our ad banners, and a lot of banners from each," said Demonoid. "One of those banners started serving malware, so we disabled all ads until we are 100 percent sure of the culprit and get it removed. We are also taking the proper steps to get us out of the blacklists."

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