Ask (ask.com) is a search engine. Ask was founded by David Warthen and Garrett Gruener in June 1996 in Berkeley, California, United States. Similar sites to Ask include Bing, DogPile, Lycos, Google, and Excite.

DESCRIPTION

The ask.com homepage has a search bar at the top of the screen and news articles beneath it. Its appearance was that of a blog, with slightly more emphasis on the search box at the top of the page than you would expect from a typical blog. I clicked on an article on the homepage. The content was written for ask.com/appeared unique to the ask.com domain. I clicked on some other articles on the homepage and they too were written for ask.com. I found no content that originated on another website.

HISTORY

As of November 2023, ask.com has 35.2 million monthly views, according to Similar Web. The Wayback Machine estimates ask.com was founded on December 3, 1998. The Internet Archive has saved ask.com 201,648 times between December 3, 1998 and December 14, 2023.

Is ask.com Safe?

Here, I analyzed ask.com for malware and malicious content to check if it was legit or a scam:

Sucuri says ask.com is a low security risk. Results: Sucuri scan for ask.com.

ask.com Sucuri results

Security hardening flaws:

  • The ‘unsafe-inline’ keyword in Content-Security-Policy is not recommended. Affected pages:
    https://www.ask.com/404javascript.js
    https://www.ask.com/404testpage4525d2fdc

Unmask Parasites says ask.com is clean. Results: Unmask Parasites scan for ask.com.

VirusTotal says ask.com is clean; however, it does have a considerably unfavorable community score. Results: VirusTotal scan for ask.com.

ask.com VirusTotal results

URLVoid says ask.com passed all blocklist engines. Results: URLVoid scan for ask.com.

In conclusion, Sucuri says ask.com doesn’t have malware. Unmask Parasites says ask.com is clean of parasites. VirusTotal and Sucuri say ask.com isn’t malicious or blacklisted. OVERALL GRADE: Relatively Safe.

Links and Profiles

Website: ask.com

References

1. SimilarWeb – ask.com

2. Wayback Machine – ask.com

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