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AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 2015.0.6086

Get alerted to dangerous web pages before you can even access them

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 14 July 2015
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Downloads To Date: 5923
Developer: AVG
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AVG LinkScanner 2015
Be warned of dangerous websites before you access them

The web is packed with dangerous sites, each ready to serve up malware just as soon as you access an infected page. Your antivirus tool might block the attempt, of course - but why take the risk? Install AVG LinkScanner and it'll alert you to dangerous pages before you even reach them.

To try the program out, launch your browser (it works with Internet Explorer or Firefox), go to Google, and search for a term like "warez" or "cracks". When the results come back you'll see that some have a green tick icon, showing that LinkScanner believes they're safe. But others will be highlighted with warning exclamation marks, showing there may be a risk from following them. (Hover your mouse cursor over the icon for a full explanation.)

This sounds much like many other antiphishing tools, but LinkScanner is different. It doesn't rely entirely on site blacklists, that quickly go out of date, or the opinion of human site reviewers. Instead, as the name suggests, LinkScanner is actually scanning each link in real time to look for threats, so will pick up many infections even if they only appeared a few seconds ago.

And yet, because the program restricts itself to web page scanning, it won't interfere with other antivirus tools. You can run LinkScanner alongside your existing antivirus suite, and gain the benefits of using two malware detection engines.

Verdict:

A simple and effective extra layer of browsing security

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.5

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
• Lower the data usage used during WhatsApp calls in Settings > Chats and Calls 
• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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