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Get, Install, and Use AVG LinkScanner for Windows and Mac PCs

written by: Donna Buenaventura•edited by: Aaron R.•updated: 7/30/2010

AVG LinkScanner update/download is free for home users. It is an extra layer of protection while you browse or search the internet. Find out how it works and if it's worth using.

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    AVG LinkScanner

    UI of AVG LinkScanner Exploits and dangerous websites are checked for threats by LinkScanner. AVG link scanner update/download is free for personal use. Links or search results using major search engines are also checked or rated by the program. LinkScanner is included in the antivirus and security suite software by AVG Technologies. It is also available as a standalone program to help prevent malicious websites. AVG LinkScanner will run on Windows 7, Vista, XP, Windows 2000 and Intel-based Macintosh computers. The program is compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.

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    How to Get AVG LinkScanner

    If you don't use AVG Antivirus or AVG Internet Security programs, you can get AVG LinkScanner from the following websites:

    In the Download page, you will find two options to download and install LinkScanner: Download the AVG Download Manager or AVG LinkScanner Edition 9.0 for PC. Using the Download Manager is only recommended if you have fast and unlimited internet connection. If you plan to keep the installer for later use or to install the program in more than 1 PC, you should use the full installer and not the download manager.

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    Installing AVG LinkScanner

    The installer requires an Internet connection to proceed with downloading the update for AVG LinkScanner. It will add the following to your Optional Component: AVG Security Toolbar computer:

    • AVG Tray icon - The startup item will show avgtray.exe.
    • AVG Security Toolbar Service - One of the services of AVG, if you opted to install the optional security toolbar. The process name is toolbarbroker.exe.
    • AVG Watchdog Service - Another services by AVG LinkScanner with process name, avgwdsvc.exe
    • AVG Safe Search - A browser add-on by LinkScanner with filename avgssie.dll. This is installed even if you don't install the security toolbar.
    • AVG Security Toolbar BHO and AVG Security Toolbar - If you select to install the toolbar, you will find the add-on with IEToolbar.dll as filename.

    AVG LinkScanner will use 47.7MB of hard-disk space if you don't opt to install the security toolbar. If you selected to install the optional security toolbar, it will use 54.8MB of HD space.

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    Conflicts with AVG LinkScanner

    You don't have to be an advanced user to install AVG LinkScanner, since the installation process is straight-forward. I would suggest that you check the knowledge base on AVG for incompatibility or conflicts between LinkScanner and other security solutions. It is located here. At the time of this writing, AVG has confirmed conflicts between AVG LinkScanner and the following products: (Note that the page might change so be sure to check it again for the current information):

    • Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG LinkScanner conflicts - AVG LinkScanner will not proceed with the installation if it detects MSE antivirus program.
    • Avast! 5 has conflicts with LinkScanner as well. The computer could crash, if you will install or use both.
    • The WebGuard component of Avira Antivir paid editions is not compatible with LinkScanner. You have to decide which to use but I recommend using WebGuard since you paid for it!
    • ESET NOD32 and Smart Security and AVG LinkScanner will work but you need to restart your PC after installing the LinkScanner.
    • Like Avast and Microsoft Security Essentials, the installation of AVG LinkScanner will not proceed if Trend Micro Internet Security Suite is installed.

    If none of the above programs are installed in your PC, installing AVG LinkScanner should not give any issue. The browsers will open normally without any lag.

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    The new AVG link scanner update download is free to all users with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Mac. Give it a try to protect your PC and Mac from unwanted site and malicious contents in webpages while you search using yahoo, google and other major search engines.
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    Updating and Using AVG LinkScanner

    New AVG link scanner update downloads will begin automatically so you don't have to worry about whether you have the latest LinkScanner program updates or database upgrades. If you prefer to manually install the virus database, you can get it from http://www.avg.com/us-en/download-update and allow the installation via the program:Manually Updating LinkScanner Database AVG LinkScanner is easy to use! Simply browse normally and it will automatically check URLs or websites that you will view, visit or click. It's not a perfect tool but it does help. I wrote "not perfect" because I found that it failed to give a red rating on some rogue websites while it does rate also others. Examples are in the images below:Doctor Cleaner is rated as dangerous 

    In the above image, AVG LinkScanner is correct in giving a red rating to the first link but it failed to give a red rating to spywarescans.com which is another site that will offer rogue programs. In the screenshot below, it's unfortunate that this known unwanted site is not rated properly:Not rated as dangerous site  Registry Great is not rated correctly 

    Another screenshot is below, where the website will automatically show the download window of a malicious Trojan downloader:Fake Firefox Site with Trojan Downloader 

    The User Interface of AVG LinkScanner is simple. You can configure how LinkScanner will work with some simple options:Settings for Linkscanner 

    Settings for Toolbar - Security 

    You have the option to view blocked websites and pages that was prevented to load due to exploits:Menu to view blocked sites/exploits in a webpage 

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    Recommendations

    Always use an up-to-date antivirus program together with an advanced firewall program to help protect against malware, exploits and other dangerous websites and content. Do not depend on AVG LinkScanner for full protection. It is only a program to use as an extra layer of protection. If you have AVG Antivirus or AVG Internet Security Suite, you will have better protection against malicious downloads and content online.