Did you come across a malicious website and you don’t know what you should do? I guess it’s similar to what we usually do in our offline life, report this to the high authority, here we’ll report websites having malware content to the search engine giant – Google.
Earlier we discussed Google’s Safe Browsing technology and showed how to find whether a website is affected by malware or not, now we’ll show how you can report such websites to Google so that they can take proper action and filter their search results accordingly.
WANT TO ANALYZE YOUR WEBSITE/BLOG FOR MALWARE CHECK?
You need to visit Google’s Report a Malware (Badware) page. Now enter/paste the website domain name URL (or any specific page) that you suspect contains malicious software content. Though the additional information section is optional, I would suggest you fill some useful relevant information there.
Maybe just tell them from where you got this link, via search results or any referral website and how you believe this site contains malware content. Just be candid and answer them for fixing this asap.
That’s it. You might think you just did a very small thing today, but who knows, you might have saved someone or 100s or 1000s of people from getting affected by that malware website. Thinking like this sounds good right? I’m sure you’ll agree with me. Malware or Malicious software content websites not just affects your desktop computer but also your mobile devices, so it’s very dangerous and you should act asap you see such websites out there on the Internet.
Do let us know in the comments below if you know any other official websites where we can report such similar websites and have a peaceful, safe browsing experience.
Google has this handy tool for scanning web sites and letting you know whether it’s safe to visit them or not. Google Safe Browsing is indeed for ‘Safe Browsing’. The online world is more or less similar to the offline world, it might look safe as long as you are within a border, but if you go out of it, then you’ll be welcomed by malware websites, phishing websites, and much more.
Thankfully we have a tool provided by the search engine giant themself. Go to Google’s Safe Browsing page and enter the desired URL. Overall, as far as I checked, they have three statuses: Not Dangerous, Partially Dangerous and Dangerous.
Google Safe Browsing – Status: Not Dangerous
We scanned hellboundbloggers.com for checking any issues and we got a “Not Dangerous” status. That means we are clean and we are ‘safe to browse’.
Google Safe Browsing – Status: Partially Dangerous
I used another demo website, which is kinda affected, so this is the status for them:
Google Safe Browsing – Status: Dangerous
Again I used another demo website, which is almost fully affected, so this is the status for them:
The URLs I used on the last two screenshots are some links I got via online forums. I was searching for an English subtitle for a Korean movie and I ended up in a forum, where they gave randomly mentioned some links to download the subtitles. I badly wanted to watch the movie with subtitles, but then, I don’t want to risk my computer as well, so this Google’s handy Safe Browsing tool came to the rescue. Just a quick scan and tada you know whether to open it or not.
You should be very careful when you are opening any short URLs as well. Most of the spam URLs these days are shortened and spread all over the Internet.