[DID YOU KNOW?] You Can Check A Suspicious Website for Malware In Your Browser

If you open up your web browser and type the following in the address bar;


AND, after the “equals sign” type the web address of any site, that site will be checked against Google’s updated lists of suspected phishing and malware pages. It is a handy and quick way to help verify your suspicions of a potentially bad site.

This is all part of Google’s Safe Browsing Service.  The goal of this service is to:

  • Warn users before clicking on links that appear in your site when they lead to malware-infected pages.
  • Prevent users from posting links to known phishing pages from your site.
  • Check a list of pages againest Google’s lists of suspected phishing and malware pages.

For example if you wanted to get a report on What’s On My PC, you would type the following in your browser’s address bar and hit enter.


You will then get the following diagnostic report from Google:

Safe Browsing

Diagnostic page for whatsonmypc.wordpress.com

What is the current listing status for whatsonmypc.wordpress.com?

This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 3 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2011-09-09, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.This site was hosted on 3 network(s) including AS13768 (PEER1), AS16805 (LAYER3), AS22576 (LAYER3).

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

Over the past 90 days, whatsonmypc.wordpress.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?

No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.


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  1. I use the linkextend addon for firefox, which integrates Google SafeBrowsing, WOT, Siteadvisor, and many more linkchecking services into one mighty addon. It all ends up to be one the best security addons you could ever want. Check it out here:https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/linkextend-safety-kidsafe-site/ Warning: It requires tons of tweaking:) Here’s a screenshot of the safety service: http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/3959/screenshot2011092719301.png


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