Recently, I have learned about a product called LinkScanner from Exploit Prevention Labs. You can use it in two ways to be advised in advance (i.e. before you click on a link) if the site you’re about to visit is known for having exploits, hacked pages, phishing and fraud scams or is otherwise a malicious site:
- LinkScanner integrates with modern browsers (Internet Explore, Firefox, Opera) and inspects each search result as it is returned by the search engine. It then adds one of four color-coded icons next to each result, so you know if the link is safe to click on.
- You can also use the Quick Scan tab in the LinkScanner Console to check a specific URL.
Check it out at: http://www.linkscanner.com/products/lslite.asp
For a side-by-side comparison of the free version (LinkScanner Lite) and the paid version (LinkScanner Pro) go to http://www.linkscanner.com/downloads/.