AVG Technologies has unveiled AVG LinkScanner for the Mac operating system. AVG LinkScanner for Mac is the first free AVG product designed for Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard and supports Internet browsers Safari 3.x, Safari 4.x, Safari 5.x and Mozilla Firefox 3.x and higher.
According to AVG research, 99 percent of all malicious threats are delivered through the web and cannot be stopped with traditional antivirus software. These threats can come and go within hours and can live on familiar, big-name sites and even on third-party applications on popular social networking sites, without users even noticing. And with the growing popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others, the bad guys are using these sites as their main vehicle for spreading malware.
AVG LinkScanner has two key features to protect you:
- Surf-Shield scans the page behind any link you click on or any web address you type into your browser. If the page is infected, it stops you from opening it. (This happens so quickly that you don’t even notice it). AVG LinkScanner works in real-time and checks for active threats before you land on a page.
- Search-Shield scans search results and places a safety rating next to each link so you know where it’s safe to click. This applies when searching with Google, Yahoo! or Bing.
Like AVG’s extremely popular free LinkScanner for Windows offering which has more than 95 million users, LinkScanner for Mac allows users to surf, search, email, shop and use social network programs online with the confidence that the pages they visit are safe and the places they choose to visit online are safe to enter personal and private information. LinkScanner updates continuously with data garnered by AVG’s industry-leading research team and user community, checking each web page a user visits in real-time before it opens on the Mac, warning users to refrain from opening them if LinkScanner detects threats.
AVG’s Free LinkScanner for Mac product protects users against the ever-increasing online web-threats by dynamically scanning the web pages before they open in your Mac to see if they are genuine sites. If it detects something suspicious, LinkScanner notifies the user that the web site is malicious. LinkScanner for Mac is available for free and included as part of all AVG anti-virus and Internet security products for Windows.
It can be downloaded for free here: http://linkscanner.avg.com/Mac (Update: AVG LinkScanner is no longer available. AVG instead offers AVG Secure Search. Link is updated.)