Speaking of browsers.
If you're using Firefox, please PLEASE PLEASE
look into getting the No Script
addon. It's a bit intrusive and annoying at first, as you have to tell it to allow scripts on all new sites you visit, but it can be a boon when you accidentally or maliciously get rerouted to a site loaded with ugly-nasties.
I do not recall if it is available for any other browsers as yet. However, this is considered by a lot of people as an absolute MUST HAVE if you use Firefox.MUST. HAVE.
Another handy Firefox addon is WOT, or Web of Trust
, a social-networking style of malicious site identification. Yes, it has the capacity to be abused maliciously by people out to 'get' specific websites, but overall it tends to be very helpful and spot-on.
Lastly, for now, there's yet one more Firefox Addon that I've been using that can help identify malicious sites. FlagFox
will warn you if you are connecting to a site with a domain extension that does not match the physical location of the server that hosts said website. For instance, a .CA site can be hosted on an American-based webserver.
OR, you could end up looking for something about, say, World of Warcraft, and go to an "American" site hosted in China. This has been a rather common ploy used to lure people to Chinese-hosted sites that have keyloggers and/or trojans with which they attempt to hijack your game account for purposes of spamming and/or gold farming. Even given that, the domain name can simply be a mask to obscure the actual .cn domain extension. NoScript cannot help you if you 'allow' the site to perform its scripts.