How to Report Dangerous Websites

Your report of dangerous sites to the services may help lead to the sites being taken offline.

These days it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid stumbling across dangerous sites. One of the biggest questions is what to do after.

Why not actually do something about the fact that the site exists and other people can also stumble across it? In this situation, I would suggest that you submit the site to multiple services which blacklist dangerous sites. Your submission may even lead to the site being taken offline.

I’ve separated these services into the categories of dangerous, phishing, malicious or fake pharmacy sites. In each category, I’ve denoted some services as priority submissions, which I would definitely advise submitting the site to; and subsequent submissions, which you can also submit the URL to if you have the time.

Reporting the site to as many services as possible will produce best results, but if you’re in a hurry, at least make sure you submit it to the services marked as the primary submissions. This will require very little work but will be very effective.

Analyze URL with Online Scanners

If a link has been shortened, you can unshorten it by pasting it on this page so that you can analyze the actual website.

Before submitting the site to the services discussed below, scan the site with both URLVoid and VirusTotal. If given an option, always choose to reanalyze the site. After scanning, keep the results open as they will be useful for determining whether the services already flag the site as dangerous.

Maintain Perfect Anonymity

If you are embarrassed to report a site, perhaps because its content that you believe you shouldn’t have been viewing in the first place, there are ways of masking your identity, such as using a VPN. Don’t let this fear prevent you from helping others.

I’d like to point out that as far as I know none of the services discussed below are interested in investigating you for visiting sites of any content type. They are oriented towards making the internet a safer place for everyone.

Report a Scam to Authorities

If you were a victim of cybercrime of any sort, and are located in the United States, you should first file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center before you do anything else. Please note that all information provided to them should be as accurate as possible. Once this is done, you can submit the site in question to the services discussed below, but reporting it to the FBI is the most important thing you can do to help fight back against the criminals.

Also, if you have come across any form of child pornography, you can report it by going to this page and filling in as much information as you have.

Report a Site to Services

Please report the dangerous URL to the services mentioned below. They are arranged in categories which should make it relatively easy to decide which services you should report the site to.

A. Services to Blacklist Most Types of Dangerous Sites

Priority Submissions

Report Site to Web of Trust: Note that only users with a free Web of Trust account can rate websites. You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. Web of Trust users can also help others avoid the site by rating it, and leaving a comment, through the Web of Trust Toolbar. Note that you can also rate a site as safe.

Subsequent Submissions

Report Site to Trustwave: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by pasting the URL on this page. If it is not flagged as dangerous you can report it on this page. Please include the URL and a description of why you believe that the site is dangerous. Note that you can also report false positives through the same form.

Report Site to BrightCloud: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by pasting it on this page. If it is not flagged as dangerous select the option to “Request a new URL category” to assign it to a more fitting category. You can also “Request URL Reputation Change” to advise them to give it a low reputation.

Report Site to Norton: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by pasting the URL on this site. For any other type of site only users with a free Norton Safe Web account can submit it. This can be done by checking out the site through this page and then adding your own review about it.

Report Site to Trend Micro: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. If it is not found dangerous then analyze it on this page and then select the option to “Reclassify Request”. You can then explain what is dangerous about the site and report the site as dangerous.

Report Site to Sophos: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results. If it’s not flagged as dangerous then in order to submit the site to them you can send an email to this email address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body.

B. Services to Blacklist Malicious or Phishing Sites

Priority Submissions

Report Site to Google Safe Browsing: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results. If it’s not flagged as dangerous, and contains malicious content, you can submit the site on this page. If it is a phishing site you should submit it on this page. The Google Safe Browsing blacklist is used for Chromium Browsers, Safari, and Firefox. If a site is currently flagged by Google as a Phishing Page, but you believe this is incorrect, you can report it on this page as a false positive.

Report Site to Yandex: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results. If the site is not flagged as dangerous you can report it by filling out the form on this page. Make sure to flag it as the correct type of dangerous site. The blacklist for Yandex is used for the Opera browser.

Report Site to hpHosts: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. If the site is not flagged as dangerous you can submit it by sending an email to this address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body.

Subsequent Submissions

Report Site to McAfee: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by going to this page, choosing McAfee SiteAdvisor, and pasting the URL into the box. If it is not already flagged as dangerous you can report it by recommending a new URL category and providing comments in the box.

Report Site to AVG: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. If it’s not flagged as dangerous then in order to submit the site to them you can send an email to this email address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body. Note also that false positives can be reported on this page.

Report Site to Dr. Web: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results. If it’s not flagged as dangerous, but is either a malicious page or a phishing page, you can submit it on this page. If it’s a phishing page you should choose “Objectionable websites” as the filter. Also, regardless of the type of site, be sure to include a description of why you believe it to be dangerous in the comment box. False positives can also be submitted through the same form.

Report Site To Malwarebytes: If you are not using their software there is currently no way to find out whether a site is blacklisted by Malwarebytes. Thus, my advice is to assume they are not aware of the site and report it to them. In order to submit the site to them you must submit it on their forum. Please include the URL and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous. Do note that you will need to make a free forum account in order to do this.

Report Site to K7: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results. If it’s not flagged as dangerous then you can submit the site to them by can emailing it to this email address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body.

Report Site to ESET: There is currently no way for those who are not using ESET products to tell if a site is already flagged as dangerous. Therefore, for those who are not using their products, my advice would be to assume that they do not yet flag it and submit it. To do that you can send an email to this address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body.

Report Site to Panda: If you are not using their software there is currently no way to find out whether a site is blacklisted by Panda. Thus, my advice is to assume they are not aware of the site and report it to them. In order to submit the site to them you must send an email to this address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body.

C. Services to Blacklist Malicious Sites Only

Priority Submissions

Report Site to MalwareURL: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by pasting the URL on this page. If it is not already flagged as dangerous you can submit it on this page. Please include the URL and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous.

Report Site to MalwareDomains/DNS-BH: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. It is listed as “DNS-BH”. If the site is not flagged as dangerous you can submit it by sending an email to this address. Make sure to include the output of the Wepawet analysis. Make sure this Wepawet analysis is as recent as possible.

Report Site to Malware Patrol: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. If the site is not flagged as dangerous you can submit it by filling out the form on this page. Be sure to read the instructions carefully.

Subsequent Submissions

Report Site to MalwareDomainList: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results. If it is not already flagged as dangerous you can submit it by reporting it in their forum on this page. Do note that you will need to make a free forum account in order to do this.

Report Site to Avast: As far as I know, there is currently no way for those who are not using Avast products to tell if a site is already flagged as dangerous. Therefore, for those who are not using their products, my advice would be to assume that they do not yet flag it and submit it. To do that you can send an email to this address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body.

Report Site to GData: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the VirusTotal results for G-Data. If it is not already flagged as dangerous you can paste it on this page. Please also include a description of why you believe the site to be dangerous.

D. Services to Blacklist Phishing Sites Only

Priority Submissions

Report Site to US-CERT: Regardless of whether services detect the site or not you should always submit it to US-CERT by sending an email to this address. Please include the URL, and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous, in the message body. However, if you already reported the phishing email to US-CERT it is not necessary to submit it to them again.

Subsequent Submissions

Report Site to NetCraft: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as dangerous by looking at the URLVoid results. If it is not flagged as dangerous you can submit the site on this page. Please include the URL and a description of why you believe it to be dangerous. Note that the first name you supply may be made public, thus you may want to refrain from providing them with that sort of information.

E. Services to Report Fake Pharmacies

Report Site to LegitScript: You can check to see if the site is already flagged as rogue by posting the URL of the pharmacy into the box on this page labeled “Check Online Pharmacy Legitimacy” and clicking Verify. If it is not already flagged as rogue it will provide you with options for reporting it. Be sure to provide any information you believe is relevant.

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