What Is Sharewareonsale.com?
SharewareOnSale (Sharewareonsale.com) is a site offering shareware files. These files are usually listed at a significant discount or free because the owners are interested in them being shared to help with brand exposure. As of December 2022, the site sharewareonsale.com gets an estimated 2.6 million monthly views, according to SimilarWeb. The Wayback Machine estimates sharewareonsale.com was founded on August 15, 2013.
Is Sharewareonsale.com Safe?
I conducted a series of malware tests to find out if Sharewareonsale.com 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 sharewareonsale.com without any issues.
To check this further I ran malware scans with Malwarebytes and Spybot on my computer after browsing the site sharewareonsale.com 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 sharewareonsale.com on the online malware scanner Sucuri and it returned with no major issues. You can see the same here: Sucuri scan for the site sharewareonsale.com.
Sucuri says no malware was found during its scan and that the site is not blacklisted by any associated security vendor. However, it still lists the site sharewareonsale.com as a medium security risk perhaps due to the TLS recommendation listed below:
HTTPS mixed content found. Your HTTPS website is referring to an HTTP resource:
http://widgets.outbrain.com/outbrain.js on https://sharewareonsale.com/s/head-2-head-tic-tac-toe-hd
Moreover, some additional improvements can be made such as adding a website firewall to protect from hacks and DDoS attacks and fixing the missing security headers listed below:
Missing security header for ClickJacking Protection. Alternatively, you can use Content-Security-Policy: frame-ancestors ‘none’.
Missing security header to prevent Content Type sniffing.
Missing Strict-Transport-Security security header.
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
Lastly, I ran a malware scan with VirusTotal on the domain sharewareonsale.com and no security vendor has flagged the domain as malicious. You can see the same here: VirusTotal scan for the site sharewareonsale.com.
In conclusion, SharewareOnSale is a medium security risk according to Sucuri even though no malware was found. And VirusTotal says no security vendor has flagged the domain as malicious. We can see that the medium security risk grading by Sucuri is due to an advertising widget (Outbrain) not redirecting to a secure version of its Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS). The domain itself is likely safe.