The Top 10 Most Dangerous Web Search Terms

Gary Warner, a computer forensics expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said online scammers used to distribute malicious software through spam, or unwanted e-mail. But now, he said, cyber criminals are changing their tactics and targeting victims through search engines.

"It's growing. It's been going on for more than two years," he said. But "in the past three months, it's become the predominant way of spreading malware.

"We're seeing major malware programs stop sending spam and doing it all this way," he added.

To protect themselves, Internet surfers should adjust their Internet browser settings so that the browser doesn't run any program unless users actively give it the green light, Warner said.

McAfee's Keats cautioned users to stay in the "well-lighted" parts of the Internet, for example, downloading a Beyonce screensaver from her fan page instead of an obscure Web site.

He also warned Internet surfers that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If a link promises free downloads of the all the latest hit songs, chances are it's leading you to a risky Web site, he said.

"The Web is a great resource and we should absolutely be using it, but you've got to use the safe rules of the road," Keats said. "What's true in the offline world is true online, too."

For the complete list of the 50 most dangerous search terms, click on to the next page.

The 50 Most Dangerous Web-Search Terms in the United States

1. word unscrambler

2. lyrics

3. myspace

4. free music downloads

5. phelps, weber-gale, jones and lezak win 4x100m relay

6. free music

7. game cheats

8. printable fill in puzzles

9. free ring tones

10. solitaire

11. miniclip

12. make money

13. viva la vida (coldplay) lyrics

14. touch my body lyrics

15. love song lyrics

16. lollipop lyrics

17. my life (lil wayne) lyrics


19. lowes

20. the price is right

21. kimbo slice

22. metacafe


24. bebo


26. music downloads

27. dailymotion

28. limewire

29. paper planes (m.i.a.) lyrics

30. no air lyrics

31. with you (chris brown) lyrics

32. snopes

33. wallpapers

34. free e-cards

35. text twist

36. bleeding love lyrics

37. no air by jordin sparks feat. chris brown

38. kijiji

39. mixed wrestling

40. zuma rossdale

41. paris hilton

42. pamela anderson

43. free compatibility reports

44. free people search

45. song lyrics

46. coupons

47. newgrounds

48. mp3

49. casey and caylee anthony

50. costco

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