Looking online for anything on Avril Lavigne? You could end up with an unwelcome surprise.
The Canadian punk-pop artist was named the most dangerous celebrity online, according to McAfee.
The Santa Clara-based computer security company said on its website that people who use online search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing to find information on Lavigne have a great chance of discovering viruses or malware instead.
But why Lavigne, who hasn’t released an album since 2013 and is battling Lyme disease?
McAfee’s report says a social media post by Lavigne – known for such songs as “Complicated,” “I’m With You,” “Sk8er Boi” and “Give You What You Like” – saying she’ll release new music by the end of this year is one reason she’s drawing new attention. Another is an online conspiracy suggesting she’s really dead and has been replaced by an impersonator.
Bruno Mars is second on McAfee’s list, which is in its 11th year and was dominated by musicians in 2017. Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion round out the top five.
Comedian Amy Schumer topped last year’s list. Justin Bieber, who was second in 2016, is seventh this year.