Searching for information on celebrities, sports figures and even politicians in cyberspace can be hazardous to your computer.


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KYW’s Mark Abrams reports Dave Marcus, a security researcher for McAfeee Labs, which produces security software and virus protection, says a recent survey of websites found cyber criminals have been busy hiding malicious content in search terms for some pop-culture icons:

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“So, when you go and search for some of those celebrities that you want wallpaper or screen savers of, you’re going to end up being led, unfortunately to a malicious site.  So, not only are you going to get the screen saver you’re also going to get a piece of malware that may try and steal identity information from you.”

Marcus says McAfee’s latest research shows you’re most vulnerable if you’re looking up Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts and supermodels Gisele Bundchen and Heidi Klum.

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Even if you have a good security suite of software installed, Marcus says to avoid problems, you need to update your anti-virus software daily as well as launch scans of your computer frequently to detect trouble.