VPN service company Surfshark released a comprehensive list of the most dangerous search terms to Google - meaning that the terms are highly likely to send readers to malware - and a video games section was included.
In the video games section of the list, popular games such as Mortal Kombat 11, Fall Guys, and Grand Theft Auto V made the top three. The amount of video game search results with malware astonished readers.
Here are the most dangerous games to Google, and what risks are involved with clicking some of the unknown links.
Game searches ridden with malware
According to Surfshark's research, Mortal Kombat 11-related search results are more riddled with malware than those for any other game. 46.5% of Mortal Kombat 11 search results are likely to contain malware, followed closely by 46.4% of Fall Guys search results and 43.5% of Grand Theft Auto V.
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The malware-laced search results typically show up when users Google their favorite games looking to download mods, unofficial patches, or other content to enhance their game.
Even popular fanmade mods and other unofficial content can be prone to containing malware without fans realizing it.
"While efforts to stem piracy may make video games less of a target for cybercriminals, downloadable mods – new in-game content that independent developers create and distribute to players – allow hackers a major opportunity to lure gamers to malware," Surfshark's post read.
God of War, Escape from Tarkov, NBA 2K22, Titanfall 2, PUBG, Forza Horizon 5, and Counter Strike: GO also made the list of top ten most dangerous video games to Google.
Now that you know all of the most malware-ridden video game searches on the internet, you may want to take a little extra care when searching up your favorite games.
If you're looking for more specific coverage on any of the titles listed in this post, be sure to have a look at our dedicated Mortal Kombat section, GTA page, or our page for God of War.
Featured image courtesy of NetherRealm Studios / Shiver Entertainment.