“Robert De Niro” is, it turns out, a virus-ridden search term

We took a real risk looking for this photo.

We took a real risk looking for this photo.
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It’s a cruel world for filmmakers who want to go online and feel safe while studying carefully. dirty grandpa– criticism centered on the cinema. As it turns out, there’s no pop culture search term more likely to lead to a malware infection than the name of the star of this movie classic, Robert De Niro.

A study published by digital security firm Surfshark looked at the pop culture search terms that most often lead to malware-infected sites. The results are based on Surfshark “organizing seed lists of the most popular search terms in a variety of pop culture categories”, searching them on Google with additional qualifiers such as “torrent”, “download”, “stream” or “MP3,” then analyzing which links contained malware.

While De Niro was the highest overall term (with 54.1% of URLs containing potential malware), actors like Jake Gyllenhaal (53.6%), Anthony Hopkins (52.6%), Kate Winslet (52.6%) and Margot Robbie (52%) were right behind him in the results.

Actors topped pop culture terms in general, but Surfshark also posted top results in other categories.

The most dangerous movie is, it turns out, Finding Doryfollowed by The beauty and the Beast and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (There’s a joke in there about not trusting shady search results.) For TV shows, top results include breaking Bad, Sex educationand Emily in Paris. The most virus-infected video game results are led by Mortal Kombat 11, fall guysand Grand Theft Auto V, and websites stricken after searching for musicians like Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Eminem are just crawling with digital sickness.

To learn more about Surfshark’s findings and protect yourself from accidentally downloading a De Niro- or a virus based on Dory — head to to the study site.

[via Digg]

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