AVG Link Scanner?

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I'm using AVG (Free), just updated to 8.5. One of its components,
'Link Scanner', has two apparently independent parts:
- Enable AVG Search-Shield (need web browser restart)
- Enable AVG Active Surf-Shield

Can anyone clarify what the distinction is please?

Are either (or both) worthwhile, or do they slow down performance?

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Re: AVG Link Scanner?

Terry Pinnell wrote:
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Hello Terry

You may get a better/quicker response here:-

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Dave (Devon!)

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Thanks Dave, duly posted there.

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK

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Terry Pinnell wrote:
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No problem, Terry!

Maybe the post from VanguardLH will help you. He knows *lots* about=20
computers and is always very helpful! :)

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Dave

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Terry Pinnell wrote:

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Grisoft acquired Linkscanner and dumped it into their version 8 of AVG.
It causes problems and slowdown due to the time to interrogate a newly
visited web page.  Visit their forums and you will see the
recommendation is to NOT install Linkscanner.

http://www.linkscanner.com /

Linkscanner is a combo tool that attempts to scan a web page looking for
suspicious or dynamically obfuscated code.  It also has its own list
(that you download from their server when connected) of known "bad"
sites (to provide its rating).  It doesn't do well on either front.
It's a poor substitute for WOT (Web Of Trust) and doesn't check as well
as the Finjan add-on.  I don't care for community voting schemes, like
what WOT uses, and looking for malicious code in a web page does not
equate to discovering malicious intent (good code can still be
malicious).  I gave up on both (and Linkscanner, too) since they are not
very protective but rather too paranoid than factual.

Grisoft wanted to add something akin to Avira's and Avast's web guards
so they acquired Linkscanner and simply dumped it into their bundle.

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Many thanks, very helpful. I've duly disabled that function.

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK

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