AVG has resurrected LinkScanner as a free plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer. AVG LinkScanner technology is also a part of AVG Anti-virus 2011 Free. It works by analyzing web links in real-time. This enables it to deliver far more accurate and relevant protection than other, usually database-driven, safe-surfing solutions.
The “Search Shield” returns search results from both Google and Yahoo with flags next to them. Green flags shows a result is safe to click-through to, while links that are unsafe will return red flags. Orange and Yellow flag represents a warning, meaning “surf that site with care.”
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.