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Everything free comes with a price

world Updated: Sep 16, 2010 00:55 IST

Are you among those who love to download free stuff from Internet?

A McAfee study finds that searching for free stuff online increases your chance of landing on a site littered with malware.

According to the study, by inserting the search term "free" when looking for music ringtones, there are 300 per cent increase in the chances of hitting a malicious site.

"The sites often look very professional and attempt to lure the user with the idea of a ‘trial period’ or even some nominal fee," the report said adding, "Once the user agrees, they have to authorise their computer to access and interact with host of computers that are involved in a wide range of schemes."