Hidden Link Revealer

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A link’s true URL is shown for the first time and may be edited.

To improve your internet security, the Hidden Link Revealer add-on allows you to reveal any URL. When you hover over any link component, the original – href – will be shown as the link’s title. Furthermore, a colored footer will be displayed at the bottom of the page with information about the link origin.

If the domain of the link is the same as or a partial match to the page’s domain, it will be blue. The color is green if it is a third-party connection. In cases where the visible URL in the link’s text-content differs from its underlying href, the footer color will be red. The toolbar icon color will also change depending on these criteria.

The add-on performs a scan of links using the virustotal (https://www.virustotal.com/) JavaScript API when you right-click and select – Scan link for threats. Please visit the settings page to enable the virus check API after initially installing the add-on. You can scan four links every minute once the API has been enabled in the options menu. The toolbar popup may be used to turn on or off the add-on, as well as hide the page footer if it becomes a nuisance. Please keep in mind that even if you hide the page footer, you can still run scans for malware on any given website.

Hidden Link Revealer: 5 Reasons to Use It

  • The toolkit has a single-button toolbar that displays with a test page.
  • You can switch between ON and OFF by using the toggle switch.
  • This is a lightweight plugin that consumes little RAM and CPU.
  • You may perform a scan of each link with the virustotal javascript API via the context-menu option.
  • Available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Opera on all platforms.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Hidden Link Revealer?

This plugin is meant to enhance your online protection. When you hover over any link component, the URL that it points to will be displayed as the link title. Furthermore, a colored footer will appear at the bottom of the page with the link href displayed in color. If the domain of the link is similar to that of the page, this hue will be blue. Green is used when dealing with links from third-party sources. In such a scenario, red would be shown in the footer. The toolbar symbol color will also change depending on these criteria. If you right-click on a link and select – Scan link for threats, the extension will scan the link against virustotal’s JavaScript API. , is an online tool that tests files and URLs against a variety of virus detection engines. It has a public JavaScript API with a limited usage rate. Please visit the options page after installing the plugin to activate the virustotal API. The scan speed is 4 per minute after the API has been enabled. You can toggle the extension on or off from the toolbar popup. Furthermore, if you find the page footer irrelevant, you may also hide it. Please bear in mind that even if the page footer is hidden, you may still inspect links for malware.

2. How can I work with this addon?

After installation, the plugin is automatically enabled. The link href will be shown as the element title and also page footer in various colors when you hover over any link element. Furthermore, the toolbar icon will change color like the page footer from toolbar popup. You can turn off the footer display by toggling it on from the toolbar popup. If you choose to use the virustotal API via the settings page, you may check any link using context-menu option. The virustotal API returns the result in only a few seconds. So, if you’re using the context-menu option to scan links, please wait a couple of seconds. Furthermore, keep in mind that the virus check API usage limit is 4 links per minute. It’s also crucial to remember that you can’t scan links at the same time right now. As a result, please wait for one scan before starting another san. To turn off the addon, click on the toolbar popup UI’s toggle switch on the left side of the UI.

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3. How can I download the source code for Hidden Link Revealer?

To download the source code for this extension from the Chrome Web Store, we recommend using a file-sharing service like Dropbox. With this add-on, you may save the source code as ZIP or CRX format to your computer. To get the source code for Firefox addons from Mozilla’s website (if available), open the firefox download link in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the Add to Firefox – button and select Save Link As…. Select a destination folder on your system, then save the file in XPI format. You may also change the XPI file extension to RAR or ZIP. Some extensions might include a GitHub repository address, which you can use to get the source code as well. However, it may not be the most up-to-date version of the add-on. As a result, downloading source code from official web stores is your best bet since they always provide you with the most recent version of the add-on.

4. Can I whitelist a website in this addon?

If a user clicks on an item in the “Banned Add-ons” list that isn’t listed, they will be sent to the homepage of their browser. Unfortunately, there is presently no way to whitelist a website with this tool. The add-on’s link title and footer will appear for all links when it is turned on.

5. How can I turn the add-on ON or OFF?

To turn off the icon, open the toolbar popup UI and click on the toggle button on the left side. When you switch off this extension, the toolbar image will also change color.

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6. Does this addon has any options or settings to adjust?

Yes, you may use the virustotal API key in the options page of this module. Please follow the instructions on the options page to enable the API. Note that all modifications are automatically saved to your computer’s RAM within the options page.

7. Should I keep the addon active all the time?

Yes, if you’re not having any trouble surfing the web, it’s suggested that you keep the extension installed. Because this plugin reveals the actual href behind all link elements, it may improve your online security by showing you what things are linked to. As a result, even if the display URL is trustworthy, you will not inadvertently click on a link. Furthermore, whether or not an odd link is considered a known hazard may always be inspected and confirmed.

8. How many colors are available for the page footer?

The page footer may be customized with three distinct color choices. The color is blue when the link domain and page domain are the same. When the link domain is third-party (not the page domain), GREN will be used as a color. Finally, if there is text displayed in the link that states a URL that differs from the underlying href, it will be RED. The color red is considered hazardous, so the user should inspect it more thoroughly before clicking on it. Using the virustotal API to scan the link is one approach. Another method could be to perform a broad search in prominent search engines and check for any suspicious material regarding the red-flagged link.

9. Where can I find the privacy policy for Hidden Link Revealer?

Please read the extension’s privacy policy.