AVG LinkScanner for Mac

AVG LinkScanner for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 61 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.865
  • Total Downloads:
    387,811
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 28, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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AVG LinkScanner for Mac lets you know in advance if a Web site contains malicious threats. Already an enormously popular developer for the Windows antivirus category, AVG launches this bare-bones Mac version of its Link scanning technology to help prevent Mac users from visiting dangerous Web sites. As the only product AVG makes for Mac, this small program is not meant to sell you anything as there are no paid products from AVG for the Mac platform.

The Mac-like interface of LinkScanner lets you activate two types of protection. The Search Shield uses Web browser plug-ins that check search results when you perform a search on a popular search engine such as Google. An informative icon is displayed next to each result to give you information about the site before clicking a potentially dangerous link. The Surf Shield provides real-time protection by scanning Web sites in advance, and issues a warning and actually prevents you from surfing to known dangerous sites.

AVG LinkScanner is a solid program that will help protect Mac users from dangerous sites, but will have a hard time enticing a Mac audience that doesn't believe their Macs are vulnerable to online threats. As a free program that you can launch at start-up and works across all the popular Mac browsers, we think this software is a no-brainer for safer surfing. As Macs get more popular, they become a bigger target for virus writers, and having a solid line of defense in place on your Mac could never be construed as a bad idea.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Worked for several months. Unable to update data base"

August 03, 2011  |  By michaelbozzy

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

OK while data base can be upgraded

Cons

Data base update fails at 15% even after uninstall and reinstallation of version AVG 9.0.865

Summary

Mac users, avoid the frustration, wait until program glitch is fixed!

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4 stars

"Unobtrusive and efficient utility."

July 14, 2011  |  By Harry Wright

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

Has shown up a few risk sites which I was able to avoid and would otherwise have entered.

Cons

None which I could identify.

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5 stars

"Works Great"

June 10, 2011  |  By JIMDCNET

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

Easy install, no problems

Cons

I have no complaints

Summary

Since installing I have had no problem surfing.

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2 stars

"knowing of safe or unsafe links seems like a good idea"

June 02, 2011  |  By High-Ya

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

nice to see link warnings

Cons

was unable to load a page from a link once it was installed - it would load the first page but no link from that page would finish loading

Summary

unusable - had to uninstall to regain the ability to load pages

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1 stars

"can't get rid of it"

May 24, 2011  |  By DamonGates

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

no pros, it try's to take over your internet connections

Cons

tears up Air Port

Summary

SUCKS!!!!!!!!

Updated on May 24, 2011

how do you uninstall it....................

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4 stars

"helpful guidance not least on what to avoid !"

May 16, 2011  |  By robourne

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

helpful to have pre advice of any suspect sites

Cons

just need to be satisfied that cover is properly updated

Summary

you are doing fine

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2 stars

"On MacBook Pro & Safari thought basic idea was good."

May 14, 2011  |  By Anthony_Beresford

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

Providing an approval tick to websites on a browser search seemed to work well. Although I never was able to find a website it did not approve.

Cons

Eventually discovered that this Application was causing my computer to seriously slow down. It caused an unacceptable delay in reacting to key strokes.

Summary

Have had to uninstall the Application which is a shame but could not accept the serious key stroke delays.
Pity - hope that AVG get over problem.

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5 stars

"excellent protection"

May 10, 2011  |  By rs07450

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

Warns you before you make a mistake

Cons

None, works as advertised

Summary

Works in background protecting you automatically

Updated on Aug 1, 2011

This program is great, I rely on it and it has saved my searches many times. I need some help I get a notice that a plug-in is missing, but have no idea how to find it. It may have happened when I went to Lion, but I'm not sure. Thank you.

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4 stars

"Excellent program!"

May 09, 2011  |  By bacci47396

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Don't have any

Summary

Great program!

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4 stars

"Simple protection from a Free Link Scanner"

May 06, 2011  |  By glindsay

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 9.0.865

Pros

Free; very low consumer of RAM and CPU time; it does check links and it does warn you.

Cons

No real cons for this price but it hasn't discovered any threats yet.

Summary

My data has only to be corrupted once for me to think that employing this extra level of protection is helpful. Although I have extensive backup systems in place, it's nice to stop problems at the front door. It's like installing electrical spike and lightning strike filters before trouble gets through your meter. It only has to work once to be worth it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.865
Support for Firefox 4
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date April 28, 2011
Date Added April 28, 2011
Version 9.0.865
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 167.22MB
File Name avg_avc_mac_all_2014_4725.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,811
Downloads Last Week 1,069
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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