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McAfee SiteAdvisor

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McAfee Site Advisor is a rare helpful browser add-on that will tell you exactly what to expect from a Web site. It fits in seamlessly with most browsers and is constantly updated with new information on top Web sites. While it may make you second guess some of your browsing behavior, it's still a worthwhile add-on to have.

This program puts a small icon in your browser's URL bar that will help you gauge whether or not a site can be trusted. The icon changes colors -- green, yellow, and red -- based on how much of your data the site collects, what type of cookies it uses, and other information that is useful about the site. Though it's not made for any particular browser, it sticks right into most of the common ones like Chrome and Firefox without much difficulty. You can even view a site's full report without navigating away from the page you were on previously.

There are plenty of other widgets like this, and you may already have one built into your anti-virus software. If you don't, check out McAfee Site Advisor. It's a great, effective widget that could pay big dividends if you don't know how dangerous the sites you're visiting are.

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All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 52

  • 3.0 stars

    "It's Fine, but could be Improved"

    January 7, 2014  |   By Not-My-Problem

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.6.0.0

    Pros

    The software gave good ratings.
    It protects you from dangerous websites.
    Ratings are mostly accurate.
    Light on computer.
    Compatible with most browsers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it crashes and freezes on Firefox.
    Not compatible with every internet browser.
    It should have been released as a separate add-on, not a space consuming program.

    Summary

    I think that it's OK. Sometimes, ratings are wrong. Very wrong. But most of the time, the software is effective at protecting you from dangerous websites.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for safe google search"

    October 1, 2013  |   By jamesj200

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.5.0.0

    Pros

    The colored circles in google are great for warning on bad sites with viruses.

    Cons

    I disabled the toolbar part, but other than that it works well!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I tested it out with know scam sites, blocked them all!"

    October 1, 2013  |   By xiphias11

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.5.0.0

    Pros

    -Blocks phishing sites
    -Also, it stoped a download when I went directly to a bad .exe file, pretty cool.

    Cons

    No real cons. It was a little difficult to get it added to firefox because I didn't see the install the first time and had to go into the add-ons menu to enable it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good small free program to maintain security"

    June 25, 2013  |   By Doc121

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.5.0.0

    Pros

    Doesn't conflict with your virus programs.

    Cons

    McAfee could have added a bit more for running scans at your convenience.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Fail to protect on phishing websites."

    February 10, 2013  |   By neilgonzales10

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.5.0.0

    Pros

    No Advantage.

    Cons

    Supposed to crashed my computer, did not protect from porn websites and contains viruses.

    Summary

    Please STAY AWAY from this webware. It can be a potentially unwanted program and webware that can harm your browser like mozilla firefox and important files. And fail to protect my computer on phishing and porn websites. I remove this program and install avast free antivirus webrep extension and its better than this extension. WARNING: Please REMOVE this program to prevent damage to your computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I did not manage to install it at all!"

    October 16, 2012  |   By aleksandragj

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.5.0.0

    Pros

    I used to be extremely happy with the free version. I used it since many years. Now I almost gladly purchased it, so that I can have it again.

    Cons

    The program did not want to install itself. I could not reach the service at all. Even I could not manage to request a refund, neither via web nor via two phone numbers. It seems like McAfee is not as friendly as it used to be!

    Summary

    I gave up struggling to get it working. I requested a refund via PayPal dispute and found another free service on the net, hopefully equally good as SiteAdvisor.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Innacurate ratings"

    September 17, 2012  |   By JoeBeanfish

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.5.0.0

    Pros

    None for users. Lots for malware who now have lots of people with a false sense of security.

    Cons

    Gives a false sense of security.
    Ratings are based on nothing. They rate aliases of the same site differently and change ratings at random even if the site doesn't change.

    Summary

    This service has been bogus for many years. I don't know why it hangs on. Do a web search for
    siteadvisor wrong
    Don't trust anything is says positive or negative.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!"

    September 1, 2012  |   By isnoopy26

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.4.0.143

    Pros

    has been arond for awhile so it has many sites that it has already checked

    Cons

    noe that i can find

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It bad but not the worst"

    August 29, 2012  |   By VirusSupport

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.4.0.143

    Pros

    It does pick up some sites like metacafe. It is also free.

    Cons

    It is only 36% accurate.

    Summary

    If you want a site advisor you would be better to WOT.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Prevention better than cure"

    August 14, 2012  |   By MARCOS MACOSA

    Version: McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.4.0.143

    Pros

    Peace of mind when browsing

    Cons

    Stop malicious content from getting anywhere near your computer before it even has chance to connect with your computer.

    Summary

    I wouldn't be without this app, Too do so would be like sitting in a moving car without a seat belt.

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