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    Malicious Web Sites: how do you check them out?

    I got an email from "Recruiter 1" Subject: URGENT! Tech Writer Position available.

    I did not know the sender. I was not expecting the email. There was an attachment. The email was 188kb file, which seemed incredibly large for a job offer announcement.

    I did not Preview the email, nor did I open it. I selected it and deleted it.

    The sender was www.[name of company].com

    My Question: how do I get info on www.[name of compnay].com, this web site and the company behind it...

    ...without going to it? It may be malicious, right? If I was tricked into visiting the site, it may attach spyware or worse to my system.

    I did a Search Engine search, but the info under the company name [what do you call that field, the page title?] just said something like "great benefit packages for job positions" or whatever, pretty non-descript. Very fishy...or inept perhaps.

    HOW does one check on web sites without visiting them? Is there a site that does this for you? I know about ARIN and What Is.com...but don't think that's what I need...unless I'm stupid about what services they provide.

    Don't want to pay anything...just want free info on the site.
    Web Usability Analyst/Content Writer
    "Happy info trails to you." Vannevar Bush

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    You can run a whoIs search on the domain in question. www.whois.com have a convenient service. You canm also do it through a DOS prompt or a Telnet session.

    Theres alot to it, though, im no Network Expert...

    Regards.

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    Bear in mind that the email need not actually have originated from the host it says it did - plenty of viruses and other malware fake the necessary mail header fields.

    Adam
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    True.. My mother often complains of getting viruses sent from herself!

    Regards.

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