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Small business websites are being crippled by an increase in cybercrime, but a hit by a hacker could also place them on Google's blacklist.

The search giant searches the web's 60-trillion URL's for malware and phishing scams.

If it considers a site suspicious, it can shut it down, freezing traffic until the problem is resolved.

Experts say this can affect a business's bottom line and also erode customer's trust.

Google says it doesn't "blacklist" sites, and protects about one billion people with its warnings about unsafe websites.

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