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05/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Conficker Dominates This Week's Hot Google Searches

Fears of the Conficker computer virus rocked the nation this week, according to an analysis of Google search data.

"Conficker virus" was the #1 rising Google search of the last seven days, according to Google Insights for Search. Conficker is a virus that targets Microsoft Windows, and it was widely feared to be launching on April 1.

Various related searches were sprinkled through the top ten: "conficker" at #3, "conficker worm" at #4, "microsoft.com" at #5, "microsoft updates" at #7, "mcafee" (the virus company) at #8, and "windows update" at #10.

Elsewhere, "April fools jokes" came in at #2, "Earth Hour" — which took place on March 28 — ranked #6, and the hit movie "Monsters vs. Aliens" came in at #9. The full list appears below:

Rising searches, as defined by Google, are "searches that have experienced significant growth in a given time period, with respect to the preceding time period."

Top Rising Google Search Terms, March 28-April 3, 2009
Percentages indicate growth in search volume as compared to the previous seven days
1. conficker virus +2900%
2. april fools jokes +2850%
3. conficker +1500%
4. conficker worm +1450%
5. microsoft.com +550%
6. earth hour +500%
7. microsoft updates +400%
8. mcafee +250%
9. monsters vs aliens +180%
10. windows update +130%

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