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    Possible to check website for spyware/malware/etc. by going there?

    Is there some way to check a site to see if there were any "baddies" on it that you'd end up with from just going to that site? I was trying to go to a certain site, and couldn't remember the address, and ended up typing in the wrong address, and that web address I typed redirected to a webpage with a credit card offer. I hit the back button in my browser and a Firefox pop-up box came up asking me if I really wanted to leave the website (with yes or no buttons) and I clicked yes (though I guess I should have just closed Firefox) and it did go back to the previous page I was on. Then I closed Firefox and reopened (which clears my cache/cookies/etc.) and went to the correct site and went about my business.

    Is there some way to find out if this web address (which redirects somewhere else) has anything I need to worry about having gotten on my computer just from visiting it by accident? Or from clicking "yes" when it asked if I really wanted to leave the page? Is it even possible that it could have done something bad in the first place?

    I was using Firefox 15, and I have Microsoft Security Essentials running, and Windows updates are up to date as of last month (waiting for Woody's "all clear" for this month still). (But I don't want to install more programs to run scans, etc. I'd just rather find out if that site's got anything bad on it, if possible.) I tried entering it into this site-check here: http://safeweb.norton.com -- but it says that it hasn't been scanned/checked by them.

    Thanks and sorry to bug you folks!

    PS. Did MSE full scan and Spybot scan and nothing turned up on my computer, fyi.

    PPS. For some reason, I am now getting a weird buzz turning on and off from the laptop, but I'm guessing that's I coincidence? (I have an HP 2000 Notebook, so I'm researching the sound now...)
    Last edited by WindowsWasher; 2012-09-03 at 13:13. Reason: Added PPS.

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    Web of Trust is one such app. This installs as an add-on to the browser. Also MalwareBytes Pro does check sites and automatically block them if they are suspicious.
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    Thanks for the reply. I'd like to avoid installing anything. Is there another legit/safe website that checks sites like the Norton one I listed? And/or is anyone willing to check the address for me if they're set-up to do such a thing safely?

    Is it even possible that what I described could have done something bad in the first place?

    Update: I used this site--> http://onlinelinkscan.com and it came up all clear (though I'm not sure how it tests for redirected websites). So I guess the bigger question is the one in italics above. Thanks!
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    Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    It's possible but unlikely.

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    Here's another site you might try using to find out if a site might be infected (have no experience with them):

    http://sucuri.net/

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    My favourite website scanners....

    I have these all bookmarked for easy access....
    www.virustotal.com (hit the "scan a URL" link, paste the url and hit "Scan It!"
    www.unmaskparasites.com
    www.urlvoid.com
    www.mywot.com
    www.surbl.org
    www.hosts-file.net
    All use different techniques and therefore can give different answers. For example, SURBL compares a given URL against lists of URLs pulled out of spam emails. (However, their recent addition of a captcha makes it a little more painful to use.)

    I also find that with the firefox built in "Tools->Options->Security->Block reported attack sites" check box it occasionally intercepts browsing to sites and offers up an "are you sure?" screen.

    When I researched this some time ago I found this list:
    http://forum.sysinternals.com/free-O...opic22045.html
    The list above are my favourites from it.

    Brino
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    As previously stated by Medico, Web of Trust is excellent BUT not if you input the address manually.
    The safest method is to get registered with OpenDNS and use it,
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    Vipre Internet Security Suite automatically warns you about a website before letting you go to that website if you try to go to a bad one.

    Vipre is far superior to Spybot.

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    Thanks for all the replies and suggestions! I've bookmarked a number of them and tested the mistake url on them and it seemed to check out.

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    No. Some sites can actually send out (dump) code just by mousing over the page. Just because some org's say some sites are good or bad means very little these days since it seems any page can be glommed at any time after the white lister's check them.... Malwarebytes and other watchers, and even SeaMonkey, Firefox et al may give warnings, but they are not definitive either. Always use your Back button to quit sites rather than any and all site pop-ups as they can also be keys to dump code as well. There is really only one safe way to browse and that is a virtual machine or sandbox, otherwise you are at always at risk. Can you tell if something was dumped? Yes, and no. Depends on how familiar you are with your own machine and its structure.... It is a very good idea to background a Registry gate package to prevent or at least alert you to registry change attempts as well, and can you read assembly, C++, Java, etc. from .tmp files, and others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindowsWasher View Post
    Or from clicking "yes" when it asked if I really wanted to leave the page? Is it even possible that it could have done something bad in the first place?
    You thought you were clicking YES as a response to leaving the site.
    You could have been clicking INSTALL as a command to your operating system to fix you with malware.

    If I have any doubts about the site I never click anything on the page,
    I prefer to click the 'X' on the right corner of the Tab above the page,
    unless I know it is a bad site (e.g. a scare-ware pop-up pretends I have malware and offers to clean it)
    then I do not panic but I abandon the mouse and use the keyboard for Ctrl-Alt-Del to summon Windows Task manager,
    and then I close my Palemoon (Firefox but better) Application and switch to Processes to ensure that Palemoon and Plugin-container Processes are closed.
    Then I feel I once more own my computer.

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    Some of these pop ups have been reprogrammed so that the Red X activates the malware rather than closing the pop up. Closing the browser, or using Task Manager to close the pop up is a safer way to close these pop ups.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    I think you have done enough to be reasonably sure this incident has done no harm. If you want to do one more scan, consider SuperAntispyware. It is available as a portable scanner (although getting the SAS.COM download is a bit tricky as the links at the site are a bit messed up. Use the little link at the bottom of the page which says it's for existing Technician users. It works just fine.). The Portable Scanner can be put onto a Flash Drive and run in Windows Safe Mode. This would be the maximum assurance nothing bad has happened.

    That said, by far most page redirects are perfectly harmless and do not download anything nasty. A lot of websites, including banking sites, use redirects.
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    I agree with alan.b and Medico, once you accidentally get to a questionable site you should suspect that everything on the page, and any pop-ups are malicious. Use task manager, or even better SysInternals Process Explorer (from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb896653.aspx) and kill the browser instance. Process Explorer can be set as a replacement for task manager to open with ctrl-alt-del, and has many other improvements.

    However, mpioso's suggestion is even more secure; run your browser instance in a sandbox. Everytime I use SandboxIE it impresses me more and more. It can sandbox anything(not just IE, I use it with Firefox), and any other program your not 100% comfortable with. I'm not saying I'd run and warez and keygen crap, but it's another level of protection. It's amazing to see the registry and system changes an installer that runs inside a sandbox tries to make but cannot, all the changes are safely captured "within the box".

    I have no financial interest in them, just a very happy customer. The lifetime license(all future versions, all PCs you own) was absolutely worth the money!

    Stay Safe!
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