Monday, December 28, 2009
Tip - use Google search to detect malicious sites
A blogger reported that he clicked a hyperlink (active URL) contained in a message from a Google group and was led to a malicious site and his computer went haywire. If not for his prompt actions, his computer would have met the deadly "blue screen" kiss of death. Another blogger posted a neat solution to try to avoid a similar fate when you want to visit a site through a hyperlink in your email or any other website. Highlight the URL, press ctrl+C to copy the URL (or right-click on the link and select "copy shortcut" (Internet Explorer, other browsers will be slightly different like "copy link address for Firefox),
go to Google Search Engine, paste the copied URL into the search box and search. If the site contains malicious software, there is a good chance that you will get a warning message, otherwise, click on the link in the search engine to go to the site.