Jimmy Kimmel is the web's most dangerous celebrity, McAfee says

What do Jimmy Kimmel, Chelsea Handler and Justin Bieber and have in common? Security expects say searching their names could put your computer in danger.

Searching for late night host's name can expose users to viruses, IT security firm warns

CBC's Jelena Adzic explains why looking for the late night host is looking for computer trouble 1:50

If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online.

The company said Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 per cent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings to make the determination for the past eight years.

Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera.

Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday that he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high school grew up to be the most dangerous celebrity of 2014.

Bieber tops list of 'dangerous' Canadians

Justin Bieber's 55 million Twitter followers could risk harming their hard drives if they go searching for more shirtless pictures of Canada's biggest pop star.

Justin Bieber was the only Canadian to crack McAfee's global list of the 50 most dangerous celebrities on the web, finishing 44th. (Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
McAfee said searches for the always-in-hot-water heartthrob had a 13.1 per cent chance of leading users to a malicious site.

Bieber is the only Canadian to crack the 50 most dangerous celebrities globally, finishing at No. 44. 
Toronto-based DJ and electronic music producer Deadmau5 was pegged as this year’s second-most-dangerous Canadian with a 12.1 per cent malicious site hit rate.

 Juno actress Ellen Page came in third.

With files from CBC News


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