Source and more on this story:After howls of protest from countless web masters, AVG has promised to quit spewing fake traffic across the internet.
Earlier this year, the Czech-headquartered security company paired its new anti-virus engine, AVG 8, with a real-time malware scanner that vets search engine results before you even click on them. If you search Google for "depressed tigers", for instance, the AVG LinkScanner automatically visits each link that appears on the results page.
The Update: In a statement over the weekend, AVG said it would push out an updated version of its Search-Shield software that will "only notify users of malicious sites" and will no longer scan every search result. This patch is already available to users of the free version of the software, and will be rolled out to paying customers on July 9.
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