AVG LinkScanner for Mac

AVG LinkScanner for Mac

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    Aug. 17, 2012
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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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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


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


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


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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2 stars

"Avoid if running Mountain Lion"

September 11, 2012  |  By chrischram

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1807


Consults a frequently-updated database of malicious websites.


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

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Full Specifications

Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date August 17, 2012
Date Added August 17, 2012
Version 12.0.1807
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 178.83MB
File Name avg_avc_mac_all_2015_4743_121.dmg
Total Downloads 395,440
Downloads Last Week 959
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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