If you found this article by searching for nude photos of Emma Watson, you can rest assured that you are safe from viruses and spyware. You’re a lucky guy, though. Many other sites out there offering pictures of Hermione herself are much more dangerous–to your computer.
According to McAfee, maker of popular anti-virus software, Emma Watson is the most dangerous celebrity to search for on Google and other search engines. The security software company released its 2012 Most Dangerous Celebrity report today, revealing the celebrity search terms most likely to result in a computer being infected with malware.
Watson bumped model Heidi Klum from the top spot on this year’s list. The study revealed that users who search for Emma Watson pictures stand a 12.6% chance of ending up on a website that could infect their computer with viruses or spyware.
Jessica Biel grabbed second spot on the list and Eva Mendes took home the bronze. Selena Gomez, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Shakira, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara rounded out the rest of the top ten.
Piers Morgan, Mila Kunis, Katherine Heigl, Anna Paquin, Adriana Lima, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams all dropped out of the top ten this year. That’s a lot of turnover and perhaps it serves to demonstrate how proactive the people creating and disseminating viruses are (and need to be, if they want to keep their infection rates up). Or, maybe it just shows the waning popularity of some of those stars. When was the last time Katherine Heigl was in a TV show or movie anyone cared about?
Interestingly, Latina women make up a full half of this year’s top ten. Only one man, Jimmy Kimmel, made an appearance in this year’s top 20.