Google is the most popular search engine in the world, but that doesn't make it safe. In fact, Google makes most of its money off of "sponsored" advertising placements, and that's where the unsafe corruption of search results can occur.
Anytime you search for a popular term on Google, you may see "sponsored" search results listed at the top. Companies pay for these results, and can insert virus-laden links. As a general practice, it's best to completely avoid "sponsored" search results and click on the genuine search results, which are listed below the sponsored results.
You can learn about an example of malicious Google ad behavior at the following blog post from the excellent Krebs on Security: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2024/01/using-google-search-to-find-software-can-be-risky/
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Jensen Gelfond is the Founder of Asheville Digital Lifestyle. He helps people use their technology more effectively and joyfully.