Cyberspace's most dangerous celebs

Arabian Business looks at the celebrities whose online search can expose your computers to malware threats.
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McAfee research found that searching for the latest Cameron Diaz pictures and downloads yields a ten percent chance of landing on a website that’s tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

The study uses SiteAdvisor site ratings, which indicates which sites are risky to search for celebrity names on the Web and calculate an overall risk percentage. The top 10 celebrities from this year’s study with the highest percentages of risk are:

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No 10. Anna Paquin

This 'True Blood' star is as dangerous on the Web as she is on the screen. Searching for screensavers of Paquin can lead you to downloads filled with malware. (Getty Images)
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No. 9 Heidi Klum

Both, Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz are consistently in the spotlight, and share the No 9 spot. Cybercriminals use their names to lure people to risky sites. (Getty Images)
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No 9. Penelope Cruz

Klum hosts 'Project Runway' and Cruz has been in the spotlight recently for her role in the 'Sex and the City 2' movie and is expected to be in the fourth film of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series.(Getty Images)
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No 8. Tom Cruise

With recent buzz around his MTV Awards performance as well as his movie, 'Knight and Day', Cruise rises to the top ten. (Getty Images)
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No 7. Nicole Kidman

Searching for Kidman and Jennifer Love Hewitt resulted in an equal number of risky download websites.

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No 7. Jennifer Love Hewitt.(Getty Images)
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No 6. Adriana Lima

Searching for downloads of this Brazilian beauty can direct users to red-ranked sites. Lima is best known for being a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2000. (Getty Images)
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No 5. Brad Pitt

Pitt is often in the spotlight with news of his movies and his personal life. It's no wonder why this leading man has been in the top ten for the past three years. He moved up in rank five spots this year. Downloading photos, screensavers, or other files of Brad can potentially put adware or spyware in your computer. (Getty Images)
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No 4. Gisele Bündchen – The world's highest-paid supermodel moved up two spots since last year. Searching for 'Gisele Bündchen and screensavers' can prove risky, 15 percent of the search results for this beauty can put spyware, malware or viruses on your computer. (Getty Images)
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No 3. Jessica Biel

Last year's Most Dangerous Celebrity fell two spots with searches resulting in fewer risky sites this year. Biel continues to be in the spotlight with her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Timberlake, and appeared in 'The A-Team' in June 2010. While her overall search risk is nine percent, searching for 'Jessica Biel and screensavers' results in a 17 percent chance of landing on a risky site. (Getty Images)
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No 2. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts – Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts is one of America's sweethearts, and will soon be in the spotlight with her upcoming release of 'Eat, Pray, Love.' The overall risk of searching for Roberts is nine percent, yet searching for 'Julia Roberts and downloads' results in a 20 percent chance of downloading a photo, wallpaper or other file laden with malware.(Getty Images)
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No 1: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz – Searching for Diaz results in a one in ten chance of landing on a risky site. She has most recently been in the spotlight with blockbuster movies, 'Knight and Day' and 'Shrek Forever After.' When 'Cameron Diaz and screensavers' was searched, 19 percent of the sites were identified as containing malicious downloads. (supplied)
Thu 19 Aug 2010 03:49 PM GST