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04/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ShadyURL Makes Harmless Web Addresses Look Malicious

Increasingly popular URL shorteners like TinyURL and Bit.ly condense long Web addresses into bite-sized, Tweetable links.

But Bit.ly and TinyURL are rather generic. To spice things up, why not make your URL short and shady?

ShadyURL takes benign web addresses and makes them look downright dangerous.

"Don't just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening," ShadyURL advises, adding that you can '[make] your Twitter followers a little more uneasy."

The harmless http://www.huffingtonpost.com/technology/ becomes http://5z8.info/asian-brides_p1x0o_back-to-africa. Sketchy.

With ShadyURL, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ is now http://5z8.info/titstitstitstits_k3o4p_openme.exe.

(/laughingsquid.com/shadyurl-make-suspicious-frightening-urls/" target="_blank">LaughingSquid have some other LOL-worthy examples.)

ShadyURL might not be much of a space-saver, but it certainly adds some levity to otherwise mundane Web surfing.