McAfee SiteAdvisor

McAfee SiteAdvisor

Reveals security threats on the websites you browse


  • An extra layer of security
  • Detect potentially dangerous sites before visiting them
  • Works for both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox


  • Doesn't work properly with Internet Explorer 9
  • Tries to change the default search engine


McAfee SiteAdvisor protects you from potentially dangerous websites while browsing the web by using a three-color alarm system.

After installing McAfee SiteAdvisor, you’ll see a new button on the browser interface, as well as an additional search field. Also, from now on, every time you use a search engine you’ll see a small rating icon beside each result. These tools will help you detect risky websites before visiting them.

Using McAfee SiteAdvisor is really simple: a green icon means the site is safe, a yellow one means low risk and the red one stands for high risk. These potential threats include spam, hackers, adware, phishing and others. You can also view a complete report about the site you’re currently visiting.

McAfee SiteAdvisor Works fine, except if you’re using Internet Explorer 9. The plug-in doesn’t get on well with Microsoft’s latest browser and shows Javascript alerts and error messages. On the other hand, I didn’t like it trying to change my default search engine.

McAfee SiteAdvisor adds an extra layer of security to your usual browsing habits.

SiteAdvisor is an extension to let you know of existing threats such as spyware, malware or viruses in web pages. SiteAdvisor's engineers built a system of automated robots to test every Web site, download, and e-mail sign-up form on the Web.

Sites representing more than 95% of worldwide Web traffic have been tested for excessive pop-ups and other annoyances. So far we've tested. More than 475,000 downloads have been tested for viruses and bundled adware, spyware or other unwanted programs.

Sign-up forms are completed using a one-time use e-mail address so any subsequent spam can be tracked. Our bots receive mail from more than one million places already. Feedback from individual users and analysis by SiteAdvisor staff enhances SiteAdvisor's automated testing. Site Report pages document every SiteAdvisor test.

As you search or browse, SiteAdvisor's safety button changes color based on our test results to let you know:


We tested the site and didn't find any significant problems.


Our tests revealed some issues you should know about. (Example: a site tried to change our browser defaults, or sent a lot of "non-spammy" e-mail)


Our tests revealed some serious issues that you'll want to carefully consider before using this site at all. (Example: The site sent us lots of spammy e-mail or bundled adware with a download).

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