Every year, McAfee reveals the Internet's most dangerous celebrities, meaning that clicking on or searching for certain stars can put you at serious risk for catching a virus, spyware, adware, malware, spam and phishing scams.
This year with movies like Captain America, Thor, Spiderman and Guardians of the Galaxy all being released, hackers and other criminals know that people will be entering those key terms into search engines, and see it as prime time for criminal activity.
With that in mind, McAfee decided to turn the tables on these superheroes and find out which one is the most toxic. But with a title like "Most Toxic Superhero," you would think it would be a character like the Toxic Avenger. But it's not. In fact, the answer might surprise you.
Here's a hint. It's not a bird. It's not a plane.
Here are some of the results from the study:
The Man of Steel topped the list. The study determined that searching “Superman,” “Superman and free torrent download,” “Superman and watch,” “Superman and free app,” and “Superman and online,” yields a 16.5% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.
See the info graphic below to see who rounded out the top 10:
- Wonder Woman/Aquaman
- Black Widow
- Captain America
- Green Lantern
- Ghost Rider
What can you do to protect yourself from Superman? I've got some kryptonite for viruses and malicious links.
- The best defense against these types of threats is up-to-date security software.
- You also want to avoid malicious websites altogether. But how do you know which sites are bad? Use this tool to scan every website before you visit it for threats to your computer or private information.
- How can you tell if you have a virus? Click here for 3 simple steps to detect and remove a virus.