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17/09/2013 07:57 BST | Updated 17/11/2013 05:12 GMT

Lily Collins Is 2013's 'Most Dangerous Online Celebrity'

Lily Collins arriving at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards
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Lily Collins arriving at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Though presumably compiled in a pre-'mature' Miley Cyrus era, the world has a new list of its most dangerous online celebrities.

And no, we don't mean the most aggressive GTA 5 players in the public eye. We mean the celebs who - if you search for them - you're most likely going to end up downloading a virus.

This year's winner? Lily Collins.

The actress has ousted Emma Watson who previously held the title awarded by security company McAfee.

Online searches for her name along with the words "free app download" or "nude pictures" result in more links to "risky" websites than any other celebrity, the firm said.

Collins tops a string of figures whose names are most likely to link to a website that has tested positive for threats such as spyware and viruses.

Second on that list is singer Avril Lavigne who is followed by actress Sandra Bullock.

Women apparently generate more risky links than men. American actor Jon Hamm was the only male celebrity in the top 10, according to the study.

"We have got used to accessing the latest gossip and pictures of our favourite celebrities on demand," McAfee's Raj Samani said.

"But we need to remember that cybercriminals take advantage of the latest cultural trends, new movies and hit TV shows to target unsuspecting consumers seeking more information.

"These criminals want to lure us to unsafe sites that can severely infect computers and devices and even steal personal data."

The top 10 "dangerous" celebrities this year are:

  1. Lily Collins
  2. Avril Lavigne
  3. Sandra Bullock
  4. Kathy Griffin
  5. Zoe Saldana
  6. Katy Perry
  7. Britney Spears
  8. Jon Hamm
  9. Rita Ora
  10. Adriana Lima