Don’t panic! The Pacman virus hasn’t infected Google

Graham Cluley

Those hoopy froods at Google are having some fun today – they’ve changed their Google logo to a playable version of the legendary Pacman game, which apparently is celebrating its 30th birthday.

(Notice how they’ve even cutely changed one of their famous buttons to say “Insert coin”?)

Judging by some of the messages that are being posted online (and reports of calls that have come into consumer technical support departments) there might be a fair few people who are baffled by the change to their search engine’s home page, and may even fear that they have been infected by a virus.

But don’t worry – this isn’t a virus.

In fact, viruses these days are rarely as visual (or as fun!) as the playable Pacman arcade game that Google has shared with the world today. There’s no reason for workers to panic about a virus infection on this occasion, although system administrators may worry that productivity will take a hit. :)

There have, of course, been viruses that have posed as games in…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.