How to disable AVG LinkScanner
UPDATE: The following post is outdated and the best solution can be found in my new post about AVG
AVG8 is has a really nice, new, and organized interface. The control panel and virus scanning are all under the same screen, except for virus vault and history log which are popups.
AVG8 has a new feature called LinkScanner which puts green checkmark stars next to your search results on sites like Google. This is to verify that a link is safe. You can also report links. However, I think it is rather annoying and intrusive. You can disable LinkScanner in AVG but it will constantly warn you that you may not be protected.
There is actually a way to install AVG without LinkScanner from the beginning.
Run it through command line like this:
c:\avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch
sources: avg, neowin forums, gambit32
You can remove both annoyances in Firefox with these steps.
In the AVG Control Panel Overview double-click LinkScanner.
Check “Enable AVG Search-Shield” and uncheck “Enable reporting of exploited websites to AVG”
Open Firefox and go to Tools > Add-ons and disable AVG Safe Search.
In Internet Explorer go to Tools > Manage Add-ons > click AVG Safe Search, then Disable.
AVG will now stop telling your that your computer is unsafe and you will no longer be annoyed by LinkScanner interfering with your searches. Practice safe search habits. Google already has anti-phishing protection on sites you find anyways.
Edit: The program still runs in the background and takes up resources unless you uninstall it from the beginning through the command prompt.