View Full Version : SiteAdviser verses AVG-Free

23-05-2008, 03:02 PM
I've been using SiteAdviser since ir was not owned my McAfee..and even afterwards it seems to work pretty good....

But now I see another icon next to all the green dots by McAfee, and it's from AVG-Free v 8.0.

It looks like they are both doing the same thing..so I gotta ask......

Has anyone else noticed the dual certifications going on yet since they installed the new AVG?

I think I'm gonna go with AVG's version and dump the SiteAdviser/McAfee stuff.

Murray P
23-05-2008, 03:46 PM
Eh! Are you running two AVs Joe?

23-05-2008, 06:05 PM
AVG bought Exploit Prevention Lab's LinkScanner and added it to AVG-AV 8 which is the new one you're seeing


23-05-2008, 06:10 PM
Eh! Are you running two AVs Joe?

No...I just have AVG Free as my AV and then a while ago...like over two years or more, I had gotten the SiteAdviser..since bought out by McAfee. I didn't have, nor will I ever have any AV by McAfee.

The original SiteAdviser was designed to give you a hint to the good- or bad-ness of the search results in the browser by setting up green, yellow or red dots and a report available about each website and URL you got as results. It woks kewl yet..and I really have no problems with it at all. There's also a GUI near the clock that you can click to get a full report on whatever site you have open at the moment...even before you open it by plugging in the URL.

It's just that the new AVG-Free 8.0 also has the same sortta service and I get green stars or red stars or yellow stars right next to the SiteAdviser resu;ts.

I just think it's redundant duplication.


Murray P
23-05-2008, 07:43 PM
Clear now, tah very much.

24-05-2008, 05:05 AM
OK...I deleted SiteAdviser on one of my desktops, and right away I see a BIG difference.

SPEED..or lack of it anyway!

SiteAdviser is fast...FAST....FAST!

But AVG's version is a 30 second-per-page grind! I suspect it might get faster if it develops a larger and more accessible data base...and I don't think it will give bad or poor security reports....they are just so slow.

I'd stay with SiteAdviser if you want any speed at all...and maybe the same amount of security.

............just my thoughts and results; yours may vary depending on oh so many factors including internet speeds and time of day...etc.

I just noticed that this post of mine looks a lot like SPAM...it is NOT!

<edit> Looks like COMODO has added a new device too....here's what I just got from them:

" You are receiving this e-mail because you are a Comodo Customer. If this message has been sent to you in error, please click on the Unsubscribe link below to be removed from our mailing list.

Dear Comodo Software User:

Thank you for choosing Comodo for your PC security needs. We respect the trust you have placed in us to make your Internet experience as safe and trusted as possible. We’re working around the clock to make it more so.We recently introduced Comodo UserTrust, an unbiased rating and review service for Internet sites. With UserTrust you can make more informed buying decisions and help your fellow online consumers do the same by sharing the experiences you’ve had with online businesses.

Right now we’re in the process of introducing UserTrust to online merchants and other websites that would benefit from UserTrust and you can help. Please go to http://www.comodo.com/usertrust and let us know the names of any websites you feel would be better with UserTrust and we’ll invite them to participate. If you happen to own or work for a company with an e-commerce website you can add UserTrust in just minutes, and at no charge.
By helping us grow the number of businesses giving you a voice, you are helping yourself and other online users to get more of what you want online and less of what you don’t. Join us in making a difference!

Thanks again,

24-05-2008, 01:26 PM
Funny my site advisor for FF is not showing the icons but if I hover the mouse over them I still get the details

24-05-2008, 01:48 PM
All this stuff must be so confusing to the regular joe (not particularly SurferJoe) that has a few different apps running for spyware/adware/AV etc. that, although not indefinitely but at least at some performance level, I'm sure are getting in each other's way.

I wonder if there's an app that can scan running software and make recommendations on what apps aren't needed or settings which would make more sense with the apps running, eg. disable AVG 8's web browser link scanner while using SiteAdvisor, the version of app X you have is incompatible with so and so, etc.

24-05-2008, 03:37 PM
In my once-a-week mailing to some friends on the internet, I sent this info out as I discovered some factoids about them both....the links I included don't come through here on F1.......

I have sent notice years ago that it was a really good idea to add SiteAdviser to your FireFox extensions, and hopefully you all did.

It's a functionally good security device to qualify or warn about good, bad or indifferent search results when you use your browser..which I hope is Google via FireFox.

OK..so now if you ALSO have added AVG-Free v8.0, <that's a clickable link there> then you might also notice a new GUI (Graphical User's Interface..a fancy name for a little image that you can click on) when you add the whole FREE compliment from AVG.

So far, I don't see any real wrong things going on...but you will experience a slow-down in your browser returns as it waits for the library inquiries and returns to your results page...locking it up until all the info is in and all the "t-s" are crossed and the "i-s" are dotted.

The info is good...but it's just so S - L - O - W!

If you are on dial-up...it will take forever to render the whole page.

You have two choices here...either remove or disable (preferred) the SiteAdviser GUI via the toolbar in your FireFox browser by clicking on TOOLS>>ADD ONS>> and navigate to the SiteAdviser add-on and click on "DISABLE'".

I don't advise "REMOVING" it..as I am also pretty sure that you will want it right back again!

I recommend using only ONE or the other...but if you can live with the slow speeds, it's always good to have more information...more is always better!

PS: If you want to disable the AVG version, use the same technique in the TOOLS>>ADD-ONS>>and "DISABLE" the AVG version. It will stay there for you if you decide that you want it later on. It won't go away for ever and you have options then.

Both of these security sniffers are add-ons to FireFox and they are vastly controllable for you.