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

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#1
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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#2
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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I like using VirusTotal and urlvoid and ipvoid to get a good idea of what is on the site .
 

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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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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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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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