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Will clicking on a link to an apparently dead malicious website trigger ESET detection, or need to?


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Guest Phil

My son clicked today on a link in a month-old phishing email (URL:  cateed.org).  We rebooted the router and ran ESET scans that were clean.  We think the site was malicious at one time, but is now inactive.  Questions:  Would ESET have blocked the site if it was active and malicious?  Would ESET have detected any attempt to download malicious content from that site? Does it make sense that in a month the bad actors moved on from the site and nothing bad happened when we clicked the link because it was inactive? 

Trying to assess risk here is like trying to prove a negative.  Appreciate any help/insight.

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46 minutes ago, Guest Phil said:

Would ESET have blocked the site if it was active and malicious?  Would ESET have detected any attempt to download malicious content from that site?

Was this e-mail opened in a browser or an e-mail client?

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if the link you mentioned is correct, visiting it returns "server not found" error. if the site was taken down a long time ago, means no webpage exists that could potentially infect a computer.

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Eset blocks dangerous websites via a blacklist, but as Marcos has mentioned VirusTotal shows no AV blocking it.

Eset Will also try and block malicious scripts and scan downloads.

As the site has nothing on it, it looks like you are safe

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Guest Phil

Many thanks to all who replied! We will consider this a bullet dodged, but will continue to monitor for any abnormalities.

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