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.

[tags]mcafee, site advisor, link scanner lite[/tags]

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  • marc klink

    The bad thing about Site Advisor is that it only works with IE, not even Firefox is covered, and not even a peep about help for Opera users. But then they probably know who should be their target audience.

    I must continually remind myself that most users of computers use them as only an appliance, so appliance-like usefulness is exactly what they want, which is why so many still use IE. [not referring to you, but I do wonder why you use it [g]]

  • Ron Schenone

    Hi Marc,
    I don’t use IE unless I am forced to. :-)
    SiteAdvisor works fine with Firefox.
    Thanks for the comment, Ron

  • Pat Bitton

    Security is unfortunately almost always a trade-off between convenience and strength, and there’s no exception to that general rule here with these two products. My preference is for LinkScanner (and I happen to think it’s worth springing for the Pro package), based on both personal experience and the analysis Exploit Prevention Labs has on their website at http://www.explabs.com/products/ls_advantage.asp

  • Ron Schenone

    Hello Pat,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and observations. It is appreciated.
    Ron

  • anon

    I read that whole article today after seeing a post on lifehacker, and all I have to say is that it is complete and utter bullshit. This guy is speaking out of his ass with no backup whatsoever and almost all of the points he *tries* to make are completely false

  • Anonymous

    Then I supose my dear anon that you are so godgifted that u have a good backup for that statement and gives us a clear, easy review on his every mistake :-)

    • [email protected]

      Haha agree wheres your backed up story with his mistakes?