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Yahoo partners with McAfee to kick rogue websites

Yahoo has announced that it will be using McAfee's SiteAdvisor service to scan websites in search of malware and rogue codes and warn its uses about their presence.

The most dangerous websites will simply be removed from the listing while others, just like smoking cigarette and boozing on alcohol, will carry a warning message but will not prevent the user from accessing the website.

Google has a similar feature which makes use of its own proprietary engine as well as consumer feedback to block dangerous websites.

The partnership is a major coup for McAfee since it will allow the security firm to capture millions of eye-balls and push the company's name out on the market.

However, observers have already noticed discrepancies in the way sites are listed; for example, Chunkypig.com has been given a "dangerous downloads" warning on Yahoo while Google apparently gives it a clean bill of health.

Siteadvisor is already a popular add-on for the open source browser, Firefox and has clocked more than 135 million downloads till now.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.