Freebie Link Scanner Lite Warns Of Malicious Sites

For the past several months I have been using McAfee Site Advisor, which after a search, advises the user of any threats that a site may impose. For the most part I have found the McAfee software easy to use, beneficial, and another tool to prevent spyware from attacking my system.

Today I read about another similar type software product called Link Scanner Lite, which is also a freebie, from Exploit Preventions Labs. So out of curiosity I decided to give it a try and compare it to the McAfee product to see if one was better or worse than the other. EPL describes its products as:

LinkScanner Lite inspects each search result as it is returned to your browser. One of four color-coded icons will appear next to each result. LinkScanner Lite provides the most accurate analysis of the safety of Web search listings.

With over 50 million active Web sites, many of which change and update their content from hour to hour, only a real-time solution can provide the analysis you need to detect and identify poisoned web pages and malicious sites when searching online.

Simply visiting a bad, hacked Web page can expose your machine. Vulnerabilities and exploits like WMF, VML, CreateText Range and setSlice have, and continue to, permit hackers to spread rootkits and open backdoors on computers around the world.

I uninstalled the McAfee product and installed Link Scanner Lite. It worked just fine with my Google search engine and I noted no problems. But unlike McAfee you have to manually scan links or site by entering in a URL. Only the pro version does it automatically for you. I also found the scanning to be slow.

No problem. Back to McAfee Site Advisor for now. :-)

Comments welcome.

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