List of "dangerous" websites?
Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:25 AM
I don't know how often info from BC has already saved my bacon. One thing still bugs me; here goes:
All too often I read in malware removal guides phrases like "When visiting certain sites...". What/who are these sites? With all the disparate, un-organized info out there "shouldn't" there be a repository of websites known to be malicious?
I mean Siteadvisor is great but with McAfee's recent problems with their services and the intrusive way they are taking this invaluable tool I begin looking for additional or another source.
Background: I fix people's home computers (non-destructive virus removal, clean-up, instructing about safe internet habits a.s.o.) and a coprehensive list would be of huge educational value.
Does anybody have any tips or pointers to stuff I have overlooked?
Posted 30 December 2008 - 08:50 AM
I have tried many Site Advisors, and they get it wrong often,as most of their info, is Voluntary.
I personally,instead, use good Security Software, with a full time guard,and dont surf on the edge.
Site Advisors, I have found, slow my OS down,so I don't use them anymore.
Safe surfing habits is very important,IMO.
Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:12 AM
The number of suspect sites, would be huge, and too numerous to list,I would imagine.
Not to mention that they are changing almost constantly.
Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:41 AM
From what I have read,in PC World, the 4 most risky Google Searches are,
"free screensavers: yielding 64 percent "dangerous" links
bearshare: yielding 57 percent "dangerous" links
screensavers: yielding 55 percent "dangerous" links
winmx: yielding 51 percent "dangerous" links "
Add Porn Sites as well.
Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:57 AM
The sheer magnitude of the task of collecting, verifying, collating such a wealth of information would be , how can I say this accurately, MONUMENTAL. Given the number of possible websites. Factor in the issue, that once identified most sites disappear or morph into another. You then create the task of chasing your tail and gaining nothing.
So while your thoughts of having a repository of valuable information, are incredibly noble. The accuracy of that information, may at best, for any specific site be only momentary. As well as be very unwieldy in it's enormity. And nearly impossible to compile.
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 06:42 AM
Posted 01 January 2009 - 08:51 AM
They have a huge list of phishing websites, however it doesn't include websites that have viruses or other kinds of threat.
Alternatively you could try WOT, which i have blogged about and i keep in touch with one of the employees there... They monitor the values of each website to ensure that the rating provided are accurate. mywot.com is their url and i always ensure i put this on all of my clients computers' whether IE or FF.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:37 AM
- How the Web Works
- Safely Connecting a Computer to the Internet
- Making Internet Explorer Safer
- Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet
- Understanding Spyware, Browser Hijackers, and Dialers
- The Hosts File and what it can do for you
- Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
- Understanding and Using Firewalls
- Switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox
- Enhancing Firefox with Browser Extensions
- Windows XP System Restore Guide
It all boils down to some sort of common sense / intuition and paying attention to "warning signals," as well as staying away from illegal sites and the distributed files there in (torrent files, keygens, cracks, file-sharing [p2p]).
Edited by Orange Blossom, 01 January 2009 - 10:55 PM.
Fix BB code ~ OB
Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:53 PM
download sites for shareware/trialware/freeware etc without any risk of malware or redirects.
While we don't have a list of sites for freeware etc. we DO have a list of freeware applications here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
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