The Bottom Line
- Helps protect against spyware and adware
- Alerts on potentially malicious web sites
- Provides safety ratings for search results
- Helps filter safe web sites from not so safe web sites
- Helps to identify nefarious phishing scam sites
- Toolbar safety button should be more prominent
- Helps guard against exposure to sites hosting potentially intrusive programs, malware, and online scams
- Colored icons next to individual search results help you quickly identify potentially risky sites
- Automatically updates to provide guidance for newly discovered sites
Guide Review - McAfee SiteAdvisor
McAfee SiteAdvisor seamlessly integrates into both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers. The installed safety button changes colors depending on the safety level of the site you are visiting. Green means go, it's safe. Yellow means proceed with caution, and Red means don't go there, ever. A question mark means the site is not yet rated. These same safety levels are provided alongside individual Internet search results. If you do a search in Google, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, or Ask.com, SiteAdvisor adds an icon next to each resulting link so you can tell at a glance whether it leads to a good site, suspect site, or downright bad one.
A paid version of McAfee SiteAdvisor takes the protection a step further, helping identify links in email that may point to nefarious web sites. The paid version also blocks attempts to visit malicious web sites - the free version is alert only. The paid version retails at $19.99 for an individual user, or $39.99 for a family pack that supports three users.
Download and installation is quite small with no discernible system impact after installation - unlike some toolbars and add-ons that do negatively impact browsing speed or browser response. McAfee SiteAdvisor delivers exactly what is promised - web site safety rankings - with no unwanted trade offs in performance. This toolbar add-on should play nicely with even the most stubborn dial-up connection.
McAfee SiteAdvisor supports Internet Explorer 5.5-6.0 (6.0 recommended) running under Windows 98/ME/2000/XP (XP recommended), or Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 and 1.5 (1.5 recommended) running under Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Linux and Mac OS X.