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This is the most dangerous name to search online

This is the most dangerous name to search online
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Before you start an online search for your favorite celebrity, or a pop star embroiled in a scandal, be forewarned. Cybercriminals are on to you.

They know you're interested in reading about celebrities, like comedian Amy Schumer and New Zealand singer Lorde. So, they're creating bogus websites that pop up when you do an online search, according to researchers at Intel Security.

Once lured in by the prospect of celebrity gossip, these cybercriminals will start collecting your personal information, or infecting your computer with viruses and malware. Once in, they'll take over your computer, so they can steal your passwords, your ID, and who knows what else.

Each year, Intel Security issues its list of the 10 celebrities whose names are most likely to expose you to viruses and malware. Before we tell you which celebrity is the most buggy, when it comes to online searches, here's how to keep yourself safe, even when you're searching for celebrities on Intel Security's top-10 most dangerous list.

Warning: Make sure your computer is protected with up-to-date anti-virus and anti-exploit software. Visit the Komando Security Center for suggestions for software programs, including free ones.

When it comes to dangerous celebrity names, meaning the online searches that are most likely to expose you to viruses and malware, the No. 1 most-dangerous celebrity is Armin van Buuren. He's a Europe-based DJ and music producer, who has remixed songs for the dance floor, including from the "Frozen" soundtrack, and from musicians such as The Killers and Dido.

Intel Security found that 17.9% of the time his name is searched, along with terms like "free MP4," searchers were led to sites that tested positive for phishing, spyware, viruses and malware.

Last year's No. 1 most-dangerous celebrity, late night host Jimmy Kimmel, didn't make this year's Intel Security top-10 list. Others on it, from No. 2 to No. 10 are: Luke Bryan, Usher, Britney Spears, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Betty White, Lorde, and "The Vampire Diaries" actress Nina Dobrev.

Just below the top 10 most-dangerous celebrity names are singers like Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez, and actors such as Zac Efron and Natalie Portman.

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Source: McAfee
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