AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2011

AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2011

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 140 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.0.1390
  • Total Downloads:
    347,882
  • Date Added:
    July 13, 2011
  • File Size:
    4.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    429
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.2

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    • 4 star 26
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4 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.0.1390
Version 10.0.1390 is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date July 13, 2011
Date Added July 13, 2011
Version 10.0.1390
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.42MB
File Name avg_smf_stb_all_2015_5557_cnet.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 347,882
Downloads Last Week 429
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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