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Resources for PC/Internet users

The archived Consumer Reports WebWatch site offers information on where to file an Internet fraud complaint. The main Consumer Reports site also offers a guide to online security.

Visit to learn about identifying, preventing, and removing badware.

The National Cyber Security Alliance runs a website called This site offers information for parents, educators, home users, and small businesses.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) operates a consumer information site called that covers malware, phishing, online fraud, and other related topics. has a bit of a no-frills, techie feel, but it has an active community of volunteers in its forums and it also offers helpful malware removal guides.

Resources for website owners

StopBadware offers information for website owners, including tips for cleaning and securing your site and a guide to the review process for websites flagged as bad by StopBadware partners, such as Google.

If a site is flagged as bad by Google, you can see more information about their findings by visiting the Google Diagnostics page, replacing at the end of the URL with the URL of the site you’re interested in.

You can also use Google Webmaster Tools to learn more about what Google has detected on your site, to request an automated review of your site, to request notification if your site gets detected as a badware site in the future, and more.

If you have a site that helps to defend free speech and human rights, will provide free monitoring of your website.

BadwareBusters contributors have also compiled an extensive list of free tools for both Internet users and website owners. This discussion thread is available here.

Resources for security gurus

Team Cymru offers a variety of services to security researchers, including the IP to ASN Mapping tool used by and a Malware Hash Registry.

VirusTotal allows you to upload an executable to see whether a variety of AV scanners identify it as malware.

Google’s Safe Browsing API allows applications to query Google’s database of badware and phishing sites.

urldigger is a free, open source tool that can check URLs against some known spam, phishing, and malware sources. It can also retrieve various lists like Google trending topics, Twitter hot words, etc., for further analysis.

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