Anti-virus company calls Avril Lavigne most dangerous celebrity online

An anti-virus company is listing Avril Lavigne as the most dangerous celebrity to search for online in 2017.

McAfee said in a statement that its new rankings show which "celebrities generate the riskiest search results that could potentially expose their fans to malicious websites." 

Lavigne is the first female musician to take the top spot on the company's ranking. Comedian Amy Schumer held it in 2016.

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Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen and Zayn Malik are also ranked this year.

“In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices,” Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee, said in the statement.

“Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities."

He said it's important that consumers "slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content."

"Thinking before clicking goes a long way to staying safe online," he said.