What Is Bulbagarden.net?
Bulbagarden (bulbagarden.net) is a Pokémon portal with news, forums, a Pokémon encyclopedia, and more. As of December 2022, the site bulbagarden.net gets an estimated 27.2 million monthly views, according to SimilarWeb. The Wayback Machine estimates bulbagarden.net was founded on January 15, 2004. The Wayback Machine has crawled the site bulbagarden.net 2,683 times between January 15, 2004, and February 25, 2023. I can see that the crawl rate has steadily grown over the years and has been most frequent since 2014, suggesting the domain’s traffic has been highest since then.
Is Bulbagarden.net Safe?
I conducted a series of malware tests to find out if bulbagarden.net is safe and legit. Here are the results:
I installed the Malwarebytes Browser Guard on my Edge browser and was able to browse the site bulbagarden.net without any issues.
To check this further I ran malware scans with Malwarebytes and Spybot on my computer after browsing the site bulbagarden.net and they returned no malware detection. I also ran a system-wide scan with Microsoft Defender and no malware was found.
To try to confirm that the site is clean, I also checked the site bulbagarden.net on the online malware scanner Sucuri and it returned with no major issues. You can see the same here: https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/bulbagarden.net
Sucuri says the site bulbagarden.net is a low security risk and that no malware was detected during the scan. It also says the site bulbagarden.net doesn’t have injected spam, defacements, or internal server errors. Moreover, I can see that no security vendor associated with Sucuri has blacklisted the bulbagarden.net domain, meaning that they don’t think the site is malicious.
Some hardening improvements can be made such as solving the missing security headers listed below:
Missing security header for ClickJacking Protection. Alternatively, you can use Content-Security-Policy: frame-ancestors ‘none’. Affected pages:
Missing security header to prevent Content Type sniffing. Affected pages:
Missing Strict-Transport-Security security header. Affected pages:
Missing Content-Security-Policy directive. We recommend to add the following CSP directives (you can use default-src if all values are the same): script-src, object-src, base-uri, frame-src
However, these are minor issues that don’t change the overall grade of the scan from being a low security risk.
I can also see that the site bulbagarden.net is using a website firewall to protect it against DDoS attacks and website hacks.
Lastly, I ran a malware scan with VirusTotal on the domain bulbagarden.net and no security vendor has flagged the domain as malicious, You can see the same here: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/domain/bulbagarden.net
In conclusion, the site bulbagarden.net is a low security risk and doesn’t have malware according to Sucuri. Sucuri and VirusTotal also show that no associated security vendors have flagged the domain bulbagarden.net as malicious.