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AVG has resurrected LinkScanner as a free plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer. AVG Anti-Virus fans shouldn't fret, though; LinkScanner is still included in the AV suite. The new LinkScanner works much the same as the original one did. AVG's "Search Shield" returns search results from both Google and Yahoo with flags next to them. Green flags on Google indicate a result is safe to click through to, while Yahoo-safe results display no flags. This might have been a configuration error, although rebooting the browser didn't change the results. Links that are unsafe on both search engines will return red flags.

Hovering over a flag provides further details. Green flags show the IP address, the amount of time the scan took, and the date and time of the most recent scan. Red flags highlight the same information, as well as the risk category and the site name. Attempting to click through to a red-flagged page will take you to a warning screen that repeats most of the red-flag information--AVG calls this the "Active Surf-Shield." A small link at the bottom of the red-blocked screen will let you click through, although it cautions users that it will continue to block potentially harmful content.

LinkScanner also offers two "slow down" warnings. The first is yellow with one exclamation point in it, while the second is orange and has two exclamation points. A link at the bottom of the pop-up takes you to the AVG product comparison page. It's notable that LinkScanner didn't slow down search results or click-through page loading times in any perceptible way, and that the new independent version functions just as well as the old independent version.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Not compatible with Firefox 6"

    August 26, 2011  |   By paradoxII

    Version: AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2011 10.0.1390

    Pros

    Overall, it works effectively and provides us the information about a specific websites. (Ratings, Site Details)

    Cons

    It may report some false positives (rarely) and more importantly IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH FIREFOX 6 at the moment

    Summary

    User friendly as the interface design are not really complicated and easy to use

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not Compatible with ZAES"

    August 15, 2011  |   By Tried.It

    Version: AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2011 10.0.1390

    Pros

    Really didn't get a chance to use it.

    Cons

    It caused a conflict with Zone Alarm Extreme Security.

    Summary

    It caused a conflict with Zone Alarm Extreme Security. ZAES shut itself down to prevent a conflict with Linkscanner. That made me decide to uninstall Linkscanner. I normally use Revo Uninstaller but it didn't see AVG Linkscanner so I used the Vista uninstall feature. That seems to have also removed some files related to other software. Firefox 5.0 had to reinstall parts of itself. I got a screen welcoming me to Firefox 5 but all my plug ins and extensions were still there however there was nothing in appearance. I don't know if anything else was affected.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very reassuring software"

    July 21, 2011  |   By kim195

    Version: AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2011 10.0.1390

    Pros

    It is free and offers reassurance when exploring unknown sites

    Cons

    Only one - see summary

    Summary

    I am right-handed, my cursor starts on the middle of the page then moves left toward the subject header. If it passes over AVG's green 'tick' my actions are distracted by the box which appears telling me that no active threats are contained.
    Can the 'tick' be moved to the left-hand side of the subject header in order to avoid this distraction?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "To AVG or not to AVG"

    July 14, 2011  |   By Darren Dheilly

    Version: AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2011 10.0.1390

    Pros

    A good free on line scanner but not for the faint of heart... Beware (maybe false positives ?).

    Cons

    I had to pull out My original OS system disk and use the safe Mode and use the "expand command" as it erased my Rundll32.exe....

    Summary

    Well I did it, as I did not hit the "Quit Button" Quick enough and my Rundll32 was Gonzo... But I had to use My system OS Disk to expand my Rundll32 and I got it back after 3 tries.... Ohhh... Nasty !

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