Google Webmaster Tools Adds Malware Review Form
The Google Webmaster Central Blog announced a new feature to submit a request to Google to review pages that were labeled as being malware.
Google Search Results Now May Display Malware Warnings from us provides background on how the warnings work. In addition, Google has been sending malware notifications via email to webmasters. The main issue was that webmasters were getting these warnings but after correcting issues, they did not know how to proceed to remove the malware warning from the Google results.
Now, Google has added a form within Google Webmaster Tools to request a malware review from Google. In addition, Google has added a status section, so you can see the status of your request. If the malware has been removed, Google says you should see the removal of the malware warning from the search results within about 24 hours. But if the malware is still present, Google will tell you where to find it, URL by URL.
Here is a screen capture of the Google malware request form found within Google Webmaster Tools.
Google’s Matt Cutts also added his thoughts on “closing the loop” on this malware issue at his blog.
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