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:
    12.0.1803
  • Total Downloads:
    379,191
  • Date Added:
    March 07, 2012
  • File Size:
    167.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,587
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7

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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5 stars

"I like how it is always there. It is quick."

April 25, 2014  |  By Karyl

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1815

Pros

It is free, quick, always there, warns me when it is not working.

Cons

None. It seems to work Fine.

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2 stars

"it slow down my Lightroom 4.4 and PS5"

October 06, 2013  |  By once2work

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1815

Pros

I don't feel they're intercept any virus at this moment yet

Cons

it slow down my Lightroom 4.4 and PS5

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4 stars

"Works OK with Lion (10.7.5) and Mountain Lion (10.8.2)"

February 10, 2013  |  By Terentium

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1807

Pros

Stays out of the way and does its job. Unobtrusive - on 2009-vintage iMac and 2011-vintage MacBook Pros.

Cons

Occasional, random banner messages about missing plugins or features not active can be puzzling.

Summary

Works well and stays in the background. But I have yet to have a message about nasty websites. Maybe I just haven't yet stumbled into the wrong neighbourhoods. ;-)

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5 stars

"Very Satisfied."

November 13, 2012  |  By Jac151

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1810

Pros

AVG is a large and well known security company.
Runs fast with and silently.
Does not use extra RAM or CPU power.

Cons

Semi-frequently causes websites to render incorrectly, but a quick reload fixes it (I think this is the cause)
Safari crashes occasionally when accessing my special GMail (again, I don't know if this is the cause)
Doesn't work with Google Chrome (although I'm a Safari user)

Summary

I am very satisfied with this product.
I have only Web of Trust and this installed in Safari, so I do believe that AVG is the reasons for my Cons. Semi-frequently, web sites will be loaded incorrectly or in plain text, but I all have to do is hit reload and it fixes immediately. Also, when accessing my school gmail, Safari has quit about 5 times and only one time caused a Kernel Panic. I access this account multiple times a day so 6 issues over the past several months isn't a big deal.

I have used this product for about a year on both Lion and Mountain Lion and have had no issues. I monitor my computer's vital signs and this program uses no resources. Sure, it has a few little bugs here and there, but is far worth it to have some security. I have tried full security suites, but they all hurt my Mac's performance. This is a light product with good security from an outstanding company. I don't know why anyone wouldn't use it.

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2 stars

"Avoid if running Mountain Lion"

September 11, 2012  |  By chrischram

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1807

Pros

Consults a frequently-updated database of malicious websites.

Cons

Incompatible with Mountain Lion. Causes kernel panics.
Slows Safari to a crawl.

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1 stars

"Did not work with my operating system."

July 11, 2012  |  By ctmumaw

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1806

Pros

Looked promising.

Cons

Required Mac operating system higher than my 10.5.8 but did not highlight the OS requirement up front.

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2 stars

"Oh, you're protected..."

May 07, 2012  |  By pooky4

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1805

Pros

Great on Windows. Does a good job of providing a visual for a potentially unsafe site. However, not so much on the Mac (see my cons).

Cons

It works so well that I completely lost my ability to connect to the internet (Snow Leopard with the latest version of all browsers). Safari, Chrome, and Firefox all failed to connect to any website. The program couldn't even update itself. I spent 20 minute troubleshooting my entire home network, since every other device was functioning normally. No matter what website I tried to visit in any of the three mentioned browsers, I got "Waiting for ...."

Guess it's kind of hard to visit a malicious site when you can't load it in the first place.

Summary

I think it is a great program and run it on my Windows computers. Unfortunately, now that we need to be more conscience of malware on the OS X platform, I guess this is not going to be one of my regular programs.

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1 stars

"This is awful. Do not install. Repeat, do not install."

April 05, 2012  |  By mdscott12

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1804

Pros

There are no pros. It doesn't do anything. It slows down your computer. It is impossible to uninstall.

Cons

See above.

Summary

See above

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1 stars

"Poor and slow"

April 01, 2012  |  By orcish

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1804

Pros

It scans well.

Cons

It seemed to unacceptably slow my system. It has been a nightmare to remove. I still find hidden remnants.

Summary

I use and pay for AVG's windows AV at work, and recommend it to all my clients. Just don't care much for this.

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3 stars

"Good concept, needs more frequent updating"

February 19, 2012  |  By mike429

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1802

Pros

Provides a useful function, works unobtrusively, and is free.

Cons

It only supports two Mac browsers: Safari and Firefox. And support for Firefox broke when Firefox was updated from v9.x to version 10.x

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.0.1803
The main change is the introduction of Firefox 10 support.
General
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date March 07, 2012
Date Added March 07, 2012
Version 12.0.1803
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 167.22MB
File Name avg_avc_mac_all_2014_4725.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 379,191
Downloads Last Week 1,587
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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