Avoid Clicking Unsafe Links In Search Results and While Visiting Websites

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on June 6, 2012


There are times when you may see some websites under search results and when you visit these websites they may potentially be harmful to your computer and might install malware which infect your computer make it slow, it may steal your personal information like username, password and credit card information which could be stored in your internet browser.

unsafe search results

There is no way any internet user would know by themselves if they are going to click a unsafe link which may lead to a potentially harmful website which could install a virus, trojan or malware to your computer. In such cases you will need to use some third party tool which would let you notify you in advance about any harmful website or page.

Antivirus Does This Job Right ? It Protects From Harmful Virus Spreading Websites?

For those who might be wondering that a antivirus installed is there to protect you, you should know that most of the antivirus does not scan links of the website in your internet browser or website pages which you are visiting.

Which Third Party Link Scanning Tools ?

Yes, Other Tools Like Mcafee Site Advisor, Norton Safe Web Lite and Other Free tools like these are life saver for this for any computer or mac or linux pc as well as these tools are platform independent.

Related Tip: 10 Ways To Check If A Website Is Safe Or Not

1. Mcafee Site Advisor

Completely free Mcafee Site Advisor is most trusted and complete tool which is compatible across all browsers and operating system platforms including Windows, Mac Os and Linux. With SiteAdvisor software installed, your browser will look a little different than before. We add small site rating icons to your search results as well as a browser button and optional search box. Together, these alert you to potentially risky sites and help you find safer alternatives.

Safe Search Results

It works with most of the browsers including google chrome, firefox and internet explorer once you install it you will see it automatically active in each browser installed, if not then you just need to restart your browser and then do a google search you will see it in effect.

Please Note: As per some user reports, they think that Mcafee Site Advisor does not work with google chrome latest version, we just tested it works with latest version of google chrome which we have installed on our test machine, as shown in the above snapshots all these are taken in google chrome.

Google Chrome Version shown in the image below.

google chrome verison

For more proof you see the extension version in the snapshot below, as you can see it is installed in google chrome once you go to google chrome >> settings >> extensions

mcafee site advisor google chrome extension 


For more information, if you have opened a website and you want to know whether that website is safe for your computer, then click the Mcafee symbol in address bar as shown in the image below.

view mcafee site report

If that website is not safe, then you will see the mcafee icon greyed and you will get to know more once you click to view site report as shown in the image below.

site report mcafee

2. Norton Safe Web Lite – This is another tool like the one above, it provides a safer search experience by warning you of dangerous Web sites right in your search results, so you can search, browse, and shop online without worry. Some more questions and answers about Norton Safe Web Lite [ Free Version ] which would tell you more about it.

Norton Safe Web Search Results

What exactly is Norton Safe Web Lite?
Norton Safe Web Lite is FREE Web site rating service. It’s designed to let you surf the Web, use search engines, and shop online in safety.

How does Norton Safe Web Lite work?
Norton Safe Web Lite uses signature-based file scanning, intrusion detection engines, behavioral detection and install and uninstall analysis to identify potentially dangerous Web sites. It’s the most sophisticated FREE protection you can get.

Do I have to be a Norton customer to get Norton Safe Web Lite for FREE?
Nope. Norton Safe Web Lite is FREE to anyone who wants protection from unsafe Web sites and disreputable online merchants.

Please Note: As per our test, Norton Safe Web Lite does not integrate itself in google chrome in the form of extension, but it does work with Internet Explorer, if you want to see it work in google chrome as well then you will need to install Norton Internet Security

Note: With Norton Safe Web Lite you be safe to click links on facebook and Internet Search results under any search engine including Bing, Google and Yahoo search etc

Avg Link Scanner is another similar tool which you will protect you from malware website but for this you will need to download and install the AVG Free Version Antivirus and on the other hand some browser specific extension which you can install to avoid clicking any unsafe link is Dr.Web Anti-Virus Link Checker [ Google Chrome ], Web Of Trust [ For Google Chrome but also exist for other browsers ] and other services like URL Void and Sucuri Site Check

Related Article: Tips To Stop Virus or Malware From Harmful Websites To Infect Your PC [ Author Recommends ]

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{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Umesh June 7, 2012 at 12:03 am


How to move, when McAfee Site Advisor shows a red sign and AVG Link Scanner a green sign for the same web link in google search.


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