AVG LinkScanner: Real-time Online Protection for Free
Article by George Norman
On 21 May 2009
AVG Technologies, the privately held Czech company that specializes in providing security software solutions and is best known for its free anti-virus software, has recently announced the release of AVG LinkScanner, a free standalone product for Windows users. The software, which much like Sophos’ Klingon Anti-virus will not interfere with the user’s currently installed security solution, will provide adequate protection against invisible online threats.

According to AVG, about 2 million web pages harbor hidden threats – and that is on a per day basis. The catch is that more than half of these invisible threats (about 60%) shut down or move to a different location – again, on a daily basis. The user’s online safety is thus crucial, and one way to achieve this is by providing said user with real-time link scanning technology. Keep in mind that all the user has to do is visit a poisoned web page in order to get infected; also keep in mind that regular anti-virus software, on its own, cannot protect the user from this kind of online threat.


What AVG LinkScanner does is it works alongside the user's currently installed security product in order to provide an extra layer of real-time protection. AVG LinkScanner analyzes web links in order to determine whether the web page that links leads to is harboring any threats – if the web page poses a danger to the user, LinkScanner simply pulls the plug on the download.

“It’s our belief that every computer user has the right to basic security protection, regardless of the ability to pay. These dangerous web pages threaten to disrupt the very fabric of the internet as well as how we view and use it; posing an even bigger threat to users than viruses. Our 80 million users are already protected by AVG LinkScanner, which has been an essential part of our suite of security products for some time. So now we’re making it available to users of other major security software brands, who just don’t have the same degree or protection. Now any PC user can surf and search the web with confidence and without fear of losing their ID, bank account information, credit card details, valuable files and information to cybercrooks,” commented CEO of AVG Technologies, J R Smith.

If you would like to get AVG LinkScanner, a download location is available here.

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