How to Remove “This Site May Harm Your Computer”

Sometimes when trying to visit a particular website, you may encounter an error message that reads, “This site may harm your computer.” This message will display when Google thinks the website you're about to visit will allow third-party programs to install malicious software on your computer. If you’re the webmaster of the website displaying this error message, you can have the error removed by requesting that Google review your website, and by resolving any security issues.

Steps

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    Go to the official website for Google Webmaster Tools at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home.
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    Sign in to Google Webmaster Tools with your Google username and password.
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    Click on “Add a site,” then type the full URL of the website being affected.
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    Click on “Continue. The Site verification page will open and display on-screen.
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    Select your preferred verification method, then follow the on-screen instructions to verify your website with Google.[1]
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    Wait for Google to verify and review your website. The process may take up to several hours, or several days.
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    Sign in to the Google Webmaster Tools site at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home with your username and password.
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    Review the "Security Issues" section of the Web page to view details of URLs on your website that may be infected with malicious third-party software.
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    Fix all security issues that are causing your website to be infected. Google will provide you with a list of actions you must take to resolve all security issues.[2]
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    Return to the home page of Google Webmaster Tools at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home.
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    Click on the name of your website.
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    Click on “Security Issues,” then click on “Request a review. Google will scan your website for malware, and remove the “this site may harm your computer” warning if no malicious software is found. The process will take one or more days to complete on behalf of Google.[3]

Warnings

  • Do not attempt to visit a website when Google warns you that visiting the site may harm your computer. Instead, wait until the error message disappears before you visit the website. Otherwise, going to that particular website could result in malware and other malicious third-party software being installed on your computer.

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