Keeping your computer secure is multi-level process. Anti-virus software is important, as is an anti-malware tool, but there are also utilities such as a firewall to consider. In combination, these tools will protect you from the worst of the internet, but there is also the problem of malicious web sites to consider. AVG Secure Search is a free tool that check the validity and safety of the web sites that make up your search results.
This is a browser plugin that can be used with Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, and you do not need to take any extra steps to take advantage of the tool. Secure searches are made the default, and this means that all of the results that are returned are rated with a simple four logo system. Green sites are those that can be regarded as safe, yellow ones may be risky, while those with a red logo are unsafe. You’ll also encounter a very large number of sites that have no rating and therefore no logo.
If you find that the display of logos is distracting, you can opt to show them only for dangerous web sites. But the protection is not limited to the web searches you perform. Any URLs you type into the address bar, or links you encounter on social networks, are also rated for you – sadly, not all of these features are available in Chrome. Should you click a link to a site that has been deemed to be dangerous in some way, you will be warned and directed away from it.
The installer encourages you into making use of the tool by not only setting AVG Secure Search to be your homepage, but also to make it your default search engine and protect it from being changed by malware. There’s also the AVG Security toolbar, which provides you with easy access to secure searching and also enables you to access key areas of Windows from within your web browser as well as quickly cleaning up your browsing history and cookies.
An extra layer of protection that does not get in the way of using your computer – simple to use thanks to the lack of configuration that’s needed, but surprisingly effective.