10 most virus-prone online celebrity searches


Comedian Amy Schumer tops a new list of the most dangerous celebrities in cyberspace, according to anti-virus software company McAfee.

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Here’s the Top 10 list

Searching any of these people below on the Internet makes you more likely to encounter malware. Rounding out the Top 10 on the McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrities 2016 list are the following people:

Position Celebrity Percentage
1. Amy Schumer 16.11
2. Justin Bieber 15.00
3. Carson Daly 13.44
4. Will Smith 13.44
5. Rihanna 13.33
6. Miley Cyrus 12.67
7. Chris Hardwick 12.56
8. Daniel Tosh 11.56
9. Selena Gomez 11.11
10. Kesha 11.11

What the percentages essentially mean is that if you were to search ‘Justin Bieber’—plus any of several terms like ‘free MP4,’ ‘HD downloads’ or ‘torrent’—you would have a 15% of running into an infected link.

10 free antivirus and virus removal tools

Fortunately, you don’t have to pay big bucks to protect yourself online. These products all offer free downloads that will ward off viruses before you’re infected or remove a virus if your computer has one!

Before you get infected

Avast Antivirus Home Edition – Free antivirus software with anti-spyware, anti-rootkit and more. For PC, Mac and home network protection.

AVG Antivirus for Mac – Offers real-time background protection and automatic virus database updates. Compatible with OS X Mountain Lion or later.—¹

AVG Antivirus Protection FREE – Antivirus software that automatically protects computers from viruses by providing timely virus database updates and protection. For PC, Mac and Android.

McAfree Site Advisor – Offers rating signals next to links in your search to let you know if they are safe or not to click. For PC.

Microsoft Security Essentials – Offers real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware and other malicious software. For PC.


After you’ve already been infected

Malwarebytes – Identifies and removes malware and scareware from your computer. For PC.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile – Protects your phone or tablet from malware, infected apps and unauthorized surveillance. For Android.

Malware Anti-Malware for Mac – Removes adware and malware. For Mac.

SUPERantispyware – A free malware remover that also works on rootkits, spyware, adware, worms and parasites.

SpyBot – Search & Destroy – Detects and removes spyware of different kinds from your computer.

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