Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

evilfantasy
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Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by evilfantasy » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:05 pm

Bing has been my default search engine for a while now and this is the first time I have run into this when I tried to click on a link from the search results.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/T1ixyzP.jpg[/img]

Learn more leads to this page: http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-US/bing/ff808487.aspx

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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by c۞g » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:38 am

Would be nice to see the URL of the search query where that resulted
Looking at Bing Help, there is a page discussing Malware:
http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-US/bing/ff808535.aspx

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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by evilfantasy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:56 am

<quote user="c۞g">
Would be nice to see the URL of the search query where that resulted [/quote]

The funny thing is that just like when Google started doing the same thing with Safe Browsing they were flagging a bunch of clean websites. The link Bing flagged is a clean site. pchell.com

Do a Bing search for smitrem

The top result 'PC Hell: Smitrem Tutorial'

NOTE: SmitRem is an old tool for removing Smitfraud/Zlob infections. To my knowledge it has not been updated in years so I would NOT run it on any computer. I'm pretty sure the download has been pulled on all of the official hosts but it can probably still be found, don't run it!!!


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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by c۞g » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:14 am

The bing results produced no warning, though a big rewards for an x-box 360 popup up :/
(they have to offer toys to get people to "switch"?)

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http://www.bing.com/search?q=smitrem
screen capture: http://i.imgur.com/Qb32Jns.png

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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by evilfantasy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:46 am

Your search results came out in a different order then mine. I just searched it again and the results are in yet another order. That's not normal. I switched to Bing for the consistency. Hopefully they aren't going to screw that up now!!

Did you try the link to PC Hell for SmitRem Tutorial?

New Snip.
http://i.imgur.com/WOb7fkk.jpg

<quote user="c۞g">
The bing results produced no warning, though a big rewards for an x-box 360 popup up :/[/quote]

If you are logged in to your MS account it doesn't show. Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com etc...

<quote user="c۞g">(they have to offer toys to get people to "switch"?)[/quote]

It's not why I switched to bing but if you sign in to their rewards program they pay you in points for each search you do. You can trade the points for Amazon and other gift cards. Or choose a charitable organization to donate to. You can also use points to enter drawings for Microsoft products. http://www.bing.com/rewards/redeem/all

With the amount of searching I do MS has paid me around $40 in the last year or so that I have been regularly using Bing. Not too bad.


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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by hotdoge3 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:20 am

http://nz.bing.com/rewards/unsupportedmarket
Bing Rewards isn't available yet in your country or region. (nice if you can get it):-

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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by c۞g » Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:36 am

<quote user="evilfantasy">If you are logged in to your MS account it doesn't show. Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com etc...[/quote]
I have no MS account
Gave them up, along with Y! accounts, a very long time ago - nothing but spam...
Maybe things have changed, but I have enough accounts to keep track of :)
With the amount of searching I do MS has paid me around $40 in the last year or so that I have been regularly using Bing. Not too bad.
On the average I bet I perform 100 - 150 Google queries / day
How much would that earn if bing.com were used instead of Google?

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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by evilfantasy » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:09 am

Yes it's US only.

I created a Live.com email to use with the Bing searches. I only get official MS emails through it. 2 or 3 a month and I'm signed up for the Bing newsletter so no spam at all. Not much of a chance for a spammer to discover it either though.

<quote user="c۞g">How much would that earn if bing.com were used instead of Google?[/quote]

You get 1 point per 3 searches up to 30 points a day with the Gold status. Sometimes they will run a special for Gold members and double it to 60 points a day. There are other little daily offers where you can get a few free points a day. It's usually searching a popular term like famous peoples birthdays, hollidays etc. Once you hit Gold status which doesn't take long you can get a $5 Amazon.com gift code for 475 points so it can add up fast. The Amazon GC is 515 points before going gold.

Gold status doesn't cost anything. You just have to advance from Silver by doing searches and you only get up to 20 points a day at silver. After your first cash out you advance to the better deal of 30 points a day.


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off topic: Bing search rules

Post by c۞g » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:00 pm

I'm used to Google, but I see many similarities; shouldn't be too difficult ;-)

Advanced search options
[url=http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/bing/ff808438.aspx t=_self]Symbols[/url]
[url=http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795639.aspx t=_self]Operator Precedence[/url]
[url=http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/bing/ff808421.aspx t=_self]Advanced search keywords[/url]
[url=http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff795620.aspx t=_self]Advanced Operator Reference[/url]

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RE: Microsoft and Bing now blocking "bad" websites?

Post by evilfantasy » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:55 am

The transition was easy. To me Bing out performs Google only slightly but when you do as many searches as we do that slight advantage becomes a big advantage.

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