If you have bought the new Windows 10 laptop then you should be careful about downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge, as Bing is apparently returning search results that contain malware and adware. Microsoft’s Bing pushed malware to users who tried downloading Chrome using the company’s Edge browser.
The search engine displayed a phishing website as the top result instead of the original Chrome download page.
The issue came to notice when Twitter user Gabriel Landau tried installing Chrome on his new Windows 10 machine.
Just like many of us, he opened Microsoft Edge, which is the pre-installed browser, and looked up for the keyword ‘download chrome’. The top result was an ad headed to ‘google.com’, which looked pretty genuine but redirected him to a fake website with domain ‘googleonline2018.com’.
Though the fake website had a different domain, the landing page was pretty much similar to that of Google and good enough to fool people.
More worryingly, when Landau clicked the ‘Download Chrome’ button on the website, it downloaded a seemingly genuine installer named ‘ChromeSetup.exe’.
But, it was some sort of a malware, which the observant user was able to verify from the installer’s properties.
Microsoft has removed the Fake Ads
When Landau reported the issue on Twitter, several users were able to replicate the problem, noting that the fake website appeared as Ad after refreshing the page a few times. However, Microsoft resolved the issue soon after that.
The company’s Bing Ads team responded to Landau’s tweet, noting it has taken down the fake ad and banned the account associated with it.
A Microsoft spokesperson reached out to How To Geek to say that the fake ads have been removed from Bing and that the account associated with the malicious content has been banned. However, there was no explanation on why the ad was marked as from “google.com,” and no assurance that the ad will not reappear again after a few months.
The issue drives home the point that users should always be extra careful about downloading anything from the internet. Even if websites and links look legitimate, it is always best to check everything thoroughly to prevent headaches from malware infections.