26 January 2010
By: Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor
Kaspersky Says Google Spreads Malware, but Trojan.JS.Redirector.ar Is a
Security company hurts legitimate websites and its own users
Kaspersky products incorrectly blocked access to legitimate websites reporting that ads from Google
AdSense were infected with a Trojan horse labeled Trojan.JS.Redirector.ar. Russian-based antivirus maker
Kaspersky managed to shoot itself in the foot and deliver a blow to its credibility and legitimacy as a maker of
security solution. Again. But while shooting itself in the foot, Kaspersky also hurt its own users and damaged
legitimate Internet-based businesses, by falsely alerting customers of its most recent and "top of the line" AV
product that Google is spreading malware through AdSense. Again!
Despite the erroneous alerts from Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, Google AdSense is not infecting users
with malware, and Trojan.JS.Redirector.ar is a false positive. In fact, customers, including Softpedia users,
should disregard alerts from Kaspersky altogether when their very common sense is telling them otherwise.
And it's not just customers running Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 that were affected, but also users of
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010, Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 and Kaspersky
Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Workstations MP4. Users need to know that Softpedia has taken extensive
measure to ensure that its users are protected, and only serves advertising from legitimate sources, such as
Google, that have a proven track record of also protecting customers.
They should definitely ignore reports associated with Trojan.JS.Redirector.ar infections in Google AdSense.
"On the 25th of January, 2010, some Google web pages can be blocked by your Kaspersky Lab product
because of virus detection. In this case the following message appears on the screen: Access denied. The
following error was encountered: The requested object is INFECTED with the following viruses: