McAfee's list of dangerous search terms: lyrics, videos, games (oh my)


Here’s a tip for you on this endless Friday: if you don’t want a computer virus then don’t search for lyrics. It turns out that the search term “lyrics” is a dangerous one, and carries a maximum risk percentage of 26.3 percent in McAfee’s little danger-o-meter or whatever. That is to say 26 out of every 100 Web sites that pop up when you search for “lyrics” may contain viruses, browser exploits, a boatload of pop-ups, and other Internet nasties.

The solution, then, is to never search for lyrics. Or, failing that, use a safe site like

Other terms that could put you in hot water: free, Web (why the heck are you searching for “Web”?), gear/gadgets/games, videos, celebrities, etc. Actually, here’s a chart someone made:


Seeing these search terms is just depressing. Like, who actually searches for “shopping” when Amazon has been around forever?

Anyhow, I imagine that most of you guys aren’t dumb enough to click on the shiny punch-the-monkey nonsense or whatever, but keep an eye on your less savvy friends. The last thing the Internet needs is more virus-filled PCs mucking about.