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Scan URLs and avoid malicious websites

Extra protection with NordVPN: automatically detect malicious URLs.

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Blocking malicious websites with Threat Protection

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What’s a malicious website?

A malicious website could be a legitimate site that’s been hacked. Or a genuine-looking page designed to steal users’ login information, credit card details, or host malware and install it on users’ devices. Sometimes, the malware downloads and installs automatically — they can use JavaScript to take over your device’s resources and mine cryptocurrencies, for example.

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How do you end up on malicious websites?

You may click on a too-good-to-be-true ad you saw online. Or visit a well-known website that’s been compromised. And let’s face it — when Ian from accounting sends you the fifth email that day, you click the link without a second thought. One click is all it takes to become a victim of a phishing scam. And just like that, you could get your work computer infected with malware.

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What could happen after you enter a malicious website?

Phishing is a common threat online. Cybercriminals set up fake websites to steal your login credentials or credit card details. Malware is another hazard to look out for. You can be redirected to malicious websites that will inject and execute malware in the background without you noticing, infecting your device with ransomware or making it part of a botnet, for example.

Additional protection with URL scanning for malware

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NordVPN’s Threat Protection feature will detect malicious URLs while you browse. You will be protected from accidentally ending up on malicious websites or giving away your data to a fake webpage.Threat Protection will scan URLs you’re visiting before connecting to make sure none of them are malicious. It’s absolutely hassle-free — you won’t have to take any extra steps to benefit from NordVPN’s additional online protection.

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How does URL scanning work?

We use our own tools and third-party sources to keep our information about active malicious URLs up to date.

Whenever you visit a website, NordVPN checks a real-time list of websites known for hosting malware. If the one you’re trying to reach is on the list, NordVPN will block your access and display a warning message instead. You can still visit the website if you wish to, but we strongly recommend you don’t do that.

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What threats can URL scanning stop?

Sometimes landing on a malicious website is enough to deal serious damage — even if you leave immediately. Scan URLs to protect yourself and your devices from:

Malware — some websites will download malware as soon as you visit them.

Phishing — fake websites can trick you into giving away your personal data.

Spam — prevent being redirected to spammy websites by enabling URL scanning.

Potentially unwanted applicationsannoying apps that randomly pop up on your desktop.

How to enable URL scanning on NordVPN

If you want NordVPN to scan URLs for viruses, follow these steps:


Open the NordVPN app.


Find the shield icon and click on it.


Toggle the “Block malicious websites” switch on.

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