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Webshrinker Categories

The Webshrinker categories are composed of 46 top-level categories, making integration simpler. These categories are the most requested and frequently used for applications such as Internet filtering and security applications.


These are the supported categories available in the category API.

Shortname Label Description
abortion Abortion Sites which provide views either in favor or against abortion, provide details on procedures, offer help or discuss outcomes or consequences of abortion.
adult Adult Sites which may contain sexually explicit content, images, or that are portrayed through visually expressive language.
advertising Advertising Sites or businesses which directly sell ads to consumer through various mediums, including Internet, TV, or radio.
alcoholandtobacco Alcohol and Tobacco Sites that sell, discuss, or glorify the consumption of various alcoholic and tobacco products, including beer, wine, and liquor.
blogsandpersonal Blogs and Personal Sites Includes sites that make use of common blogging software including WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, amongst others, which generate dynamic content. Normally used as a secondary category to a more descriptive primary category.
business Business Sites which exhibit business-like attributes such as selling of services, products, or consulting. Normally used as a secondary category to a more descriptive primary category.
chatandmessaging Chat and Instant Messaging Sites which provide chat or text messaging services or such abilities through a download or application.
contentserver Content Server Sites whose main purpose is to serve static image, CSS, and JavaScript files.
cryptomining Cryptomining Sites which serve files or host applications that force the web browser to mine cryptocurrency, often utilizing considerable system, network, and power resources.
deceptive Deceptive Sites that attempt to trick the user into believing they are on a different site in order to gather information or for other purposes. Also includes sites with deceptive advertising practices such as performing click redirections without the users consent.
drugs Drugs Sites that contain content whose main focus is on controlled substances, including the sale, discussion, or glorification of such substances. Does not include alcohol and tobacco as that has its own category.
economyandfinance Economy and Finance Includes sites that are mainly focused on stocks and current market information or provide financial services such as banks or lenders.
education Education & Self-Help Sites whose main purpose is to offer educational information, community information, or how-tos. Also includes educational facilities and related organizations.
entertainment Entertainment Sites that focus on art and entertainment, including topics like TV/Hollywood, tattoos, cartoons and anime.
foodandrecipes Food and Recipes Sites that contain food related information or recipes, food preparation, or restaurant services.
gambling Gambling Sites that allow a visitor to play games using wagers/placing bets, lottery pools, or provides information on such activities.
games Games Sites that provide games, including online games or through an application.
government Government Sites that use official government top-level domain names or are run by government entities such as the military, army, or air force.
hacking Hacking & Cracking Sites that disseminate information, hold discussions, or provide a means to gain unauthorized or illegal access to computers and networks.
hate Hate & Terrorism Sites that are primarily focused on promoting terrorism or hate.
health Health Sites focused on physical, mental, and social well-being, including fitness information, medical conditions, diagnosis, and medical services.
humor Humor Sites that contain content with a focus on jokes or comedy, including satire.
illegalcontent Illegal Content Sites that focus on providing links to pirated movies, commercial software, or providing application keys and cracks for commercial applications.
informationtech Information Technology Sites whose main focus is on computers or distributing computer related information, including computer networking, Internet telephony, operating systems, or programming.
jobrelated Jobs & Careers Sites that focus on assisting visitors in finding employment, career guidance or improvement.
malicious Malicious Sites that are infected with or distribute any kind of malware, spyware, or viruses. Also contains sites acting as a C&C for bots, worms, trojans, and other malware.
mediasharing Media Sharing Sites that allow visitors to upload content and share media such as photos and videos.
messageboardsandforums Messageboards and Forums Sites which provide some type of a messaging or bulletin board system whose content is largely community generated.
newsandmedia News and Media Sites whose content is mostly focused on current events and topics. Includes various news outlets, radio, TV stations, and magazines.
parked Parked Sites & Domains Sites/domain names that are no longer controlled by the original owner or are being offered for sale. Content on these sites can often be misleading for non technical users.
personals Dating and Personals Sites whose main focus is on connecting individuals for the purposes of dating.
proxyandfilteravoidance Proxy and Filter Avoidance Sites that provides information or a means to circumvent filtering proxies or detection systems, including VPN services and anonymous surfing.
realestate Real Estate Sites that provide information or services for renting, selling, or buying property.
religion Religion Sites that provide information on one or more religious beliefs, practices, or are affiliated with a religious institution such as a church or synagogue.
searchenginesandportals Search Engines and Portals Sites that enable their visitors to search the Internet or whose main focus is to provide links to other Internet sites.
shopping Shopping Sites that sell products or services, normally with an online purchasing interface.
socialnetworking Social Networking Sites that provide a community portal whereby members join and contribute posts or media and forge connections with other members.
sports Sports Sites that contain information about various sports and sporting activities, including sports scores or team information.
streamingmedia Streaming Media Sites that are mainly dedicated to the serving of video or audio streams and downloads.
trackers Trackers Sites or businesses that use various techniques to track user behavior across the internet.
translators Translation Sites Sites that perform translation from one language to another, usually performed by a computer. May also include personal translation services.
travel Travel Sites that focus on travel planning services, travel reservations, and tourist information.
uncategorized Uncategorized Sites that are not currently classified as belonging to one of the other categories or are not yet classified.
vehicles Vehicles Sites that mainly hold discussions or share information about vehicles, including cars, trucks, boats, and aircraft.
virtualreality Virtual Reality Sites that host files specific to virtual reality or run communities related to the technology.
weapons Weapons Sites that primarily discuss, review, or sell items such as hunting knives, guns, rifles, or BB guns.