Resources for PC/Internet users
Visit www.stopbadware.org to learn about identifying, preventing, and removing badware.
The National Cyber Security Alliance runs a website called StaySafeOnline.org. 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 OnGuardOnline.gov that covers malware, phishing, online fraud, and other related topics.
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 www.example.com 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, CyberSpark.net 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
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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