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Avril Lavigne performing as part of the Star 94 Jingle Jam 2013 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

Avril Lavigne was named the most dangerous celebrity online



Musician Avril Lavigne is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, according to the computer security company McAfee.

McAfee on Tuesday announced that Lavigne ranked first in its eleventh annual ranking of the celebrities who are most likely to generate risky search results for their fans.

The company said Lavigne is the first female musician to take the No. 1 spot on its list, adding that roughly 15 percent of searches involving her name may result in malicious websites.

McAfee added that the risk percentage associated with Lavigne grows to 22 percent when users search for “Avril Lavigne free mp3.”

Twitter users on Tuesday reacted to McAfee’s findings with a range of emotions spanning amusement to dismissiveness.

McAfee listed singer Bruno Mars as the second most dangerous celebrity online, noting that about 13 percent of searches involving his name lead to risky websites.

The company’s remaining top ten spots featured musicians, with Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik and Celine Dion rounding out its top five.

Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Katy Perry and Beyoncé completed the top ten when the final option was searched for as “Beyonce.”

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“Cybercriminals continue to use the fascination of consumers with celebrity culture to drive unsuspecting users to potentially malicious websites that can be used to install malware, steal personal information and even passwords,” McAfee said in a statement.

Lavigne replaced comedian Amy Schumer as the most dangerous celebrity online in this year’s version of McAfee’s rankings.

The Canadian singer-songwriter also placed second on McAfee’s list in 2013, trailing behind actress Lily Collins.

Lavigne told Billboard last March that she hopes to have her sixth studio album out before the end of 2017.

The star’s debut album was 2002’s Let Go, and Lavigne has performed in genres ranging from pop-punk to pop during the course of her career.

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