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AVG LinkScanner for Mac

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    Oct. 26, 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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5 stars

"Very Satisfied."

November 13, 2012  |  By Jac151

 |  Version: AVG LinkScanner 12.0.1810


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


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)


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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 12.0.1810
Added Support for Firefox 16.
Publisher AVG Technologies USA
Publisher web site http://www.avg.com/
Release Date October 26, 2012
Date Added October 26, 2012
Version 12.0.1810
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 201.49MB
File Name avg_avc_mac_all_2015_4801_121.dmg
Total Downloads 543,215
Downloads Last Week 4,433
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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