Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd today announced AVG LinkScanner® for the Mac operating system. AVG LinkScanner for Mac is the first free AVG product designed for Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard and supports Internet browsers Safari 3.x, Safari 4.x, Safari 5.x and Mozilla Firefox 3.x and higher.

AVG LinkScanner for Mac protects users against the ever increasing online web-threats by dynamically scanning web pages before they open in a Mac to see if they are genuine sites. If it detects something suspicious, AVG Linkscanner notifies the user that the web site is malicious.

According to AVG research, 99 percent of all malicious threats are delivered through the Web and cannot be stopped with traditional anti-virus software. These threats can come and go within hours and can live on familiar, big-name sites and even on third-party applications on popular social networking sites, without users even noticing. And, with the growing popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others, the bad guys are using these sites as their main vehicle for spreading malware.

Like AVG’s extremely popular free AVG LinkScanner for Windows offering which has more than 95 million users, AVG LinkScanner for Mac allows users to surf, search, email, shop and use social network programs online with the confidence that the pages they visit are safe and the places they choose to visit online are safe to enter personal and private information. AVG LinkScanner updates continuously with data garnered by AVG’s industry-leading research team and user community, checking each web page a user tries to visit in real-time before it opens on the Mac, warning users to refrain from opening them if AVG LinkScanner detects threats.

“Mac users have traditionally been less vulnerable to virus threats and attacks because of their lower market share, but that is quickly changing and no operating system is immune, as these attacks are leveraging the web to deliver malware that targets web browsers and application vulnerabilities,” said Lloyd Borrett, Security Evangelist for AVG (AU/NZ).

“AVG LinkScanner for Mac takes the first step to ensure customers are safe and won’t end up losing their money, identities and precious digital memories. In addition, this new product has been enhanced to better protect users from being scammed or phished and from entering personal information into infected games, quizzes, surveys etc., on social networking sites. We want to help everyone keep their private personal information private! And, because AVG believes strongly that security software like AVG LinkScanner is critical, we believe it should be free.”

AVG LinkScanner for Mac can be downloaded free from

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