Google-search for SEC: This site may harm your computer

Let’s say you’re planning to register a corporation and you’re looking for the SEC website to search for information. If you google-search for “SEC“, you’ll discover that Google has added a tag which reads: “This site may harm your computer.” The actual search result looks like this:

SEC screenshot

Clicking the warning (“This site may harm your computer“) will bring you to this explanation (in part):

We want our users to feel safe when they search the web, and we’re continuously working to identify dangerous sites and increase protection for our users. This warning message appears with search results that we’ve identified as sites that may install malicious software on your computer:

Maybe the warning is caused by the pop-up that loads every time you enter the SEC website. Or maybe it’s something else. Maybe our tech friends can tell us why.

Update (19 July 2007): The warning had been removed if you search again for”SEC”. That’s quick.


  1. Hey!

    glad you posted this one. i was also bothered by that warning. i was supposed to check on the fees that have to be paid for the incorporation that i was working on that time.

    saw that warning and didn’t attempt to take the risk of clicking on the warning. anyway, i continued the search and just looked for a link that didn’t show that warning. glad there are other links.

    well, i am hoping that the sec will be able to fix this thing or, at the least, to give an assurance that it is perfectly safe to follow the link even with that warning.

    by the way, i want to thank you…again…unendlessly…for the help that you’ve been unknowingly extending to us. God bless you.

  2. newbie, thanks for the kind words. Even with the warning, there are times when you have no choice but to access the SEC site, like when you’re reserving a company name in the process of registration. I also hope that it will be addressed soon, because the SEC is one of the helpful government agency sites.

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