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Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

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    Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

    Let's say I wanted to go to a site but I'm not sure whether I'll get viruses/trojans from visiting it. I right-click on it's link, Save Target As, and save it to my desktop. I then scan the file with MSE, and so far I haven't seen anything malicious from scanning HTML files.

    But does it determine whether it's safe or not? Can MSE even scan links?

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    Re: Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

    Hi,

    The answer is: -

    The shortcut file link will be scanned but not the destination i.e The website. You need something like else to get advice on the website: -

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    To find out if a site is safe or not, I recommend installing Web of Trust from Safe Browsing Tool | WOT (Web of Trust). This gives community ratings on the site quality.

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    Re: Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

    I like using VirusTotal and urlvoid and ipvoid to get a good idea of what is on the site .

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    Re: Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yard Dog View Post
    I like using VirusTotal and urlvoid and ipvoid to get a good idea of what is on the site .
    Never heard of those, have to give them a try.

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    Re: Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

    They come in handy for in case you get a red wot rating and to make sure what the site has before clicking them, those will give more information, I like the VirusTotal and the urlvoid ones most. They scan and give you a results page of what was found.

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    Re: Does scanning an HTML file determine whether a site is safe or not?

    I find WOT to be very helpful but there are false positives and really a site is only flagged if other users have reported it. Basically there is no substitute for safe browsing.

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