A website itself can't give you a virus without you doing anything. You'd have to manually download the virus itself (which the site may try tricking you into), but then the virus couldn't do anything. Then you'd have to run it. Big corporate sites like Walmart and the such should never redirect to a virus (they'd potentially get into some big legal trouble). If you ever doubt the security of a website or if you're unsure something is a virus, don't download and run it. Some adblockers such as UBlock Origin can block a lot of known fraudulent sites, if you're worried (it's free too).Can't a virus attack upon going to a site? It might be too late?
Google isn't going to index malicious stuff. There's nothing explicitly wrong with a PDF. Just don't click any links or activate any add-ons that may come with it.Is there a list of the direct from domains that the more popular sites use? Many google searches link to direct pdf downloads versus going to an actual page. Couldn't a pdf file contain a virus if downloaded mistakenly? Or the site here which isn't so much a site as an application that my phone apparently download in order to use this forum?
They collect all sorts of analytics at, say walmart.com, but they need an in-between address just for the clicks specifically from various search engines. The reason is that anyone can type in walmart.com into the address bar or use a bookmark, so in order to make sure they're analyzing traffic specifically from external links, they need an intermediary website. I'd think most of this sort of stuff would be done by companies that specializes in that type of analytics.They can't collect user traffic directly at Walmart.com? And again can't this be a security issue for users? I can be told a link will forward me to a particular site, but it could go to a clone site that hacks my computer.