Smith says AVG linkScanner also applies this targeted analysis of web pages to search results from Google, Yahoo! and MSN, and he says that whenever users search using these search engines, they will see safety rankings for all ‘organic’ search results.
“In addition, the AVG linkscanner will scan users‘ bookmarks as well as links contained in instant messages and emails before they open them to ensure the links are safe.”
Lloyd Borrett claims that AVG’s linkscanner’s unique ability to analyse web links in real-time enables it to deliver far more accurate and relevant protection than other safe-surfing solutions.
“Checking the safety of a page at the precise time the user is about to click to it is crucial in today’s world of transient threats. Relying on information about a web site’s relative safety days or weeks in the past cannot protect users against threats that remain in one place for less than 24 hours, and so AVG has rejected the traditional approach of relying on information about sites previously found to have been poisoned.”
AVG says its linkscanner runs under all current versions of Windows XP and Vista, both 32- and 64-bit, and that the software is compatible with all major security software and with Internet Explorer 6 or later and Firefox 2 or later browsers. It’s available in English from today and will be available in other languages, including Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish from mid May.