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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),

screenshot right-click on hyperlink to copy URL

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.

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