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Can I Infect My Computer Using Google Image Search?

When it comes to using the internet, going with the notion that you are safe if you are using a major platform like Google can be tricky. At Chipheads Computer Repair we sometimes see customers that have no idea how they may have obtained a virus. They don’t download anything weird, open shady emails, visit unsafe websites, etc. Unfortunately, when using Google to look for images there are actually ways it can impact your device depending upon how you use it. Today, Chipheads Computer Repair in Richfield, Minnesota will be discussing Google Image Search and how to better protect yourself. Got questions about Google Image Search viruses? Other malware? Our computer repair services? Simply reach out. We’re always happy to help!

So… Can Google Images Infect My Computer Or Not?

Technically Google Images itself cannot infect your computer. If you click on images and visit the websites they are on however, you may open yourself up to problems.

How Do I Safely Use Google Images?

When searching Google for images it is important to understand that when you click them you are actually leaving Google to view the image on the website where it is hosted. This is where the problem tends to lie, certain websites aren’t safe to browse and can open your computer up to infection. It is best not to visit the website. If you need stock images, there are plenty of free sites like Pexels you can browse that may be a safer alternative. If you must use Google Image Search, we highly recommend verifying the website that is hosting the image to make sure it isn’t going to cause you problems.

What If My Computer Is Already Infected?

In some cases, malware software can successfully fix the infected device, however, in some cases, it may require backing up important data and taking more extreme measures. We’d be happy to provide you with a quote.

Schedule Richfield Malware/Virus Removal Today

Think you may need virus/malware removal in Richfield or the surrounding Twin Cities areas? Contact us today for an appointment.


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