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Sep 20 2009   9:54PM GMT

Google Safe Browsing Diagnostic Page

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Thanks to Google, there’s a tool you can use to check any site and see if Google lists it as hosting any suspicious files or acting as a malware intermediary. Yes, I know there’s a Firefox extension and that the Google Toolbar for Firefox incorporates the tool, but what if you’re out in the field on a machine that doesn’t have the tool installed and you want to check a site? Simple. Use this URL:

“[URL of site you want to check]” (Leave off the http://).

For example, this URL produced the report shown in the screen shot (click on the image to view it full size):

Try it out for yourself on your favorite sites. You might be surprised at what you find out.

(Thanks to Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte of Security Now! for presenting a reader comment that brought this to my attention.)

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  • MichaelArgast
    This is a great tool for finding out the status of sites you aren't sure about, but doesn't necessarily give you the whole picture as to whether it is safe to visit. A great counter-example to this is the recent attack via the New York Times ad network, detailed here: [A href=""][/A] In this case, the site itself wasn't hosting the malicious code, but visiting the site still resulting in a scareware attack against the visitor, through the ad network (which the NYTimes failed to vet). Michael Argast, Security Analyst, Sophos
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