How to recognize a rogue website?
1. The website hijacks web browser.
2. It insists on purchasing or downloading suspicious programs.
3. It loads enormous amounts of pop-ups or displays numerous annoying advertisements.
4. It installs software or toolbars without visitor’s permission.
5. It is poorly built.
6. It lacks basic information.
7. It pretends to investigate visitor’s computer.
8. It is related to money transfers but it is not secured.
9. It has terrible online reputation.
Recognizing a malicious website is a very important step while browsing the internet. Rogue websites may install unwanted programs. Fraudulent websites may trick you into purchasing nonexistent products and services. If you enter your information into form on a fraudulent source, it may lead to identity theft. If you give your online banking details away, you may find your account empty. How can you determine if a website is a rogue one?
If you can’t visit any other website except for one, you shouldn’t trust it. If a website constantly appears instead of your regular homepage or instead of search results, it’s most likely a part of some fraud.
Learn more: Signs of browser hijacker infection.
Online advertising is a usual thing; however, if all you see at a website is ‘Buy now’ banners and pop-ups, it should raise suspicion. Fraudulent sources rarely have some other content posted except for the ‘Buy’ page, the ‘Download’ page and the ‘Download and buy now! This program is the best!’ page. If a website initiates download dialog automatically and it doesn’t let you escape the download, it shouldn’t be trusted.
Learn more: How to recognize a rogue security program?
Malicious and fraudulent websites put lots of efforts in pushing people into buying some products or services. Regular websites won’t load 20 pop-up windows on every page and it won’t have another 40 flashy ads placed all over the screen.
Reputable websites don’t install software without visitor’s consent. If any new software, toolbar, desktop icons or similar things appear after visiting certain internet source, the website is either malicious or it is fraudulent.
Reliable companies invest money and time in internet business. Malware creators and scammers can’t usually afford working hard on a website that gets reported as a scam in a week or two. Some of the online frauds have great websites but most majority of scams look terrible. The websites are full of logical mistakes and spelling mistakes and several sections usually don’t even work. If you compare 10 fraudulent web projects, you’ll see at least 7 of them using identical poor design.
While reputable companies publish contact information and details about both a company and its projects, you won’t find these things on most of the fraudulent websites. Scammers don’t provide phone numbers and physical or email addresses; and even a name of a company isn’t usually mentioned.
A random website doesn’t have an access to visitor’s computer and it can neither investigate a computer nor fix some problems. If a website displays system scan, it’s trying to lure people into a trap. There is no way for a website to scan visitor’s machine in 20 seconds and find computer infections.
Web browsers usually display yellow address bar instead of a regular one when you’re visiting secured website. It should also have a closed padlock icon next to the address of the website.
The time spent doing online research is worth the time and money you’ll spend if you trust a fraudulent website. If all you can find about website.com is plenty of posts ‘How to remove website.com hijacker?’ and ‘How do I get my money back from website.com?’, the fraud is crystal clear.