By admin • 2006
Like most of the large anti virus companies, McAfee caters for the very small to the large enterprise system.
Their website mcafee.com contains a wealth of free software and information and a visit is strongly recommended.
In order to test their Free Services we went to their home page, and it redirected to, in our case,
Click on ‘Home & Home Office’ and you are redirected to us.mcafee.com .
Under the heading ‘Solutions’ click on ‘Free Services’
Here is the impressive list of the Free Services -
- McAfee SiteAdvisor(tm) – gives you an indication of how safe a
- My SecurityStatus
- World Virus Map
- Virus Removal Tools
- Free Virus News
- Internet Connection Speedometer
- (following the above path to Free Services) click on Download Now
- in the File Download dialog take the option to ‘Run’
- this will cause a setup.exe file to be downloaded to a temporary folder and the setup file will then be executed. The size of the download is about 535 KB, so the whole setup is quite quick
- you will be asked to participate in a Product Improvement Program which entails McAfee leaving some software on your PC that reports some of your activities. For the good of the cause we decided to join, but it is entirely optional.
The result of this (SiteAdvisor(tm)) is that an indicator appears top right on your tool bar. When it’s green it means the website you are currently browsing is ‘ok’, but if it goes red then close down Internet Explorer straight away to avoid unwanted spyware, unwanted downloads, and plain hacking.
Also you will notice in your Task Manager a new process called SiteAdv.exe . (See the note below about uninstalling this. If you try to just kill the process, another one starts up automatically.)
It also works with Firefox.
In addition when you do searches using Google, Yahoo, or MSN, an indicator is displayed against each search result. Red means “don’t go there”.
Of course, if you are browsing a site and the tool bar button goes red, it may be already too late.
TIP: say you intend to browse say foolsrushin.com , then put the word ‘foolsrushin’ into a Google search box.
foolsrushin.com will then be displayed as a search result with the indicator against it. You can then decide if you want to risk a visit.
DISCLAIMER: ‘foolsrushin.com’ accidentally turns out to be a real site, about which we know nothing, therefore we neither recommend nor criticize it.
For details on how to Uninstall SiteAdvisor, go to the Support page, and under ‘Browse By Topic’ see the link for ‘Install / Uninstall’.
NOTE; go to freemcafeeantivirusdownload2 for details on the FreeScan and other Free Services.
TRADEMARKS. “McAfee”, “SiteAdvisor”, “McAfee SiteAdvisor”, ”FreeScan” are not owned by or associated with allfreeantivirus.com, but pertain to, or belong to McAfee.com created late 2006
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