Don’t Have McAfee Site Advisor? Then How Do You Know Where You Are on the Net?

mcafee-site-advisor.gifWould you wander through a neighborhood that you were unfamiliar with? One which might possibly be full of predators? Well of course you wouldn’t.

However, if wander through the Internet without the aid of SiteAdvisor, a free Internet service from McAfee, (the plug-in is available for Internet Explorer/ Firefox) that tests web sites you are visiting for spyware, spam, viruses and online scams, this is close to what you are doing.

According to McAfee, this service is based on a huge database with detailed test results for more than 100,000 pieces of software, and which covers more than 90% of the world’s Web traffic. The service integrates with search engine results from popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, etc.

The plug-in’s icon, which is added to your browser toolbar, displays a color rating for each site you visit, which indicates whether a site is safe to use, or should be used with caution.

Site Ratings:

  • Green – Safe: McAfee has tested the site and didn’t find any significant problems.
  • Yellow – Caution: McAfee has tested the site and advise there are some issues you should consider.
  • Red – Warning: McAfee has tested the site and found some serious issues that you need to carefully consider before using this site.
  • Grey – McAfee has not yet tested the site, or the site is in the process of being tested.


According to McAfee’s own research, 90% of U.S. consumers on the Internet make use of search engines, and 80% of Web site visits originate from these search queries. Additionally, McAfee stated their May 2006 Search Engine Safety study revealed, search engines expose users to dangerous sites posing security risks including spyware, spam, and scams.

Surf more securely by adding this browser add-on which will provide you with an in-depth site analysis based on real world test results. Always keep in mind however, that you are your own best protection. Stop · Think · Click

Download this browser add-on at McAfee


Filed under Anti-Malware Tools, Firefox Add-ons, Internet Explorer Add-ons, Internet Safety Tools, Online Safety, Safe Surfing, Windows Tips and Tools

3 responses to “Don’t Have McAfee Site Advisor? Then How Do You Know Where You Are on the Net?

  1. Bill,

    I would like to mention another solution that also helps Internet users to surf safer: WOT, Web of Trust, is an online community for reputation rating that lets Internet users share their knowledge of websites, helping you stay in control when surfing the Web.

    Besides its users, WOT uses hundreds of trusted sources such as phishing site listings to keep users protected against rapidly spreading threats.

    WOT has information on 17 million websites with four reputation components: trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy, and child safety. Unlike automated testers, WOT is able to gather information that helps users to detect unreliable online shops, phishing, and other Internet scams.

    WOT is free and it’s available for the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. Take a look:

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  3. Site Advisor ratings are terminally flawed. It gave our site the red danger flag on the basis of a provably false identification of malware in a trial download of PC Tools Spyware Doctor. You can read the full details in my blog.