Added Protection layer on top of existing antivirus software, works against random threats lurking behind web address
Global security solutions provider AVG has announced a free new tool that scans the web pages one browses for random, invisible threats. It’s called AVG Link Scanner and it works standalone, atop any other antivirus tool one might have deployed.
At any given time some 2 million web pages are potential hazards, hiding threats that may not be detected by regular anti virus software, AVG says .
This is how LinkScanner works: It
1. Scans the pages behind all the links you click or type into your browser.
2. Scans the results of web searches in Google, Yahoo! and MSN so you know whether a page is safe before clicking on it.
3. Uses the intelligence gathered by a global community of online threat detectors.
4. Analyzes individual pages rather than entire sites because single pages may be threatened.
It runs silently in the background, alongside any existing antivirus product you might have installed —you won’t notice it until a threat is detected and it kicks in, realtime, ie it doesn’t require regular scans of your computer. It automatically updates whenever a new threat is found. It works with most popular Windows OS including Win2k, XP, Vista (32 &64 bit) and Internet Explorer (6.0+) and Firefox (2.0+) browsers.
( June 29 2009)