Browsing and shopping a lot but you're never sure if the webpage is safe? There are few tools that can help you make slightly better decisions. Either when you're just browsing, trying to shop online or when searching through your favorite search engine.
It's recommended to use any kind of antivirus, even free ones are always good enough to do the job, especially avast!, MSE, AVG, AntiVir or Panda Cloud. I'm talking about webpage rating tools that are all free and can greatly improve security on today's rather hostile internet.AVG LinkScanner
Pretty good tool that's checking webpages for known and unknown exploits. Unfortunately is not compatible with avast! prior version 6.0. So if you want to use AVG LinkScanner along with avast!, make sure you have the latest avast! (currently v6.0). If you're already using AVG Antivirus (even free one), you don't have to install this as it already comes with it. Highly recommended.Symantec Safe Web Lite
This one is coming from a well known security vendor Symantec. The check does have a small delay, but i found their ratings to be very accurate. Also provides additional security ratings for web shops and pops up with a big warning when you visit a bad website. Highly recommended.McAfee SiteAdvisor
Similar as Symantec, this one is from McAfee. Maybe not as accurate but can be quite useful as a second opinion tool.PCTools Browser Defender
Another webpage rating, this time from PCTools. Search results seem to be quite reliable, however there seem to be few smaller glitches where results might clash. Icon says unsafe, when clicking it, it says it's safe. I've reported that and waiting for feedback from the PCTools.Web of Trust (WOT)
Community based web rating webage. May not be exactly accurate but can be a good second opinion tool.
Now, these tools are not 100% protection, in fact they won't prevent you from visiting the webpage, they will just notify you about their security. But if i says UNSAFE, then pay attention and try to avoid that webpage. It just might save your computer. Or your credit card.
Be smart, browse safely