Remove AVG LinkScanner Search-Shield update

The installation wizard of AVG has been updated and you no longer need to run fancy command lines to install without Link Scanner or remove it.

1. Download the newest build of AVG from
2. Run the installation.
3. Choose ‘Custom installation’. If you already have AVG installed, it will ask what setup type you want to perform… Choose “Add or remove components.”
4. Hit Next twice.
5. Uncheck AVG Search-Shield.
6. Finish the installation Wizard by clicking Next until Finish.

source: avg faq

If you like to install your programs in command line:
c:\avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch

Besides how one may feel about the programs performance on their computer, webmasters have also been experiencing issues. What I didn’t think about was all the times AVG is checking every website in search results and generating a lot of hits to web servers.

AVG has made an official response:

As of this date, Search-Shield will no longer scan each search result online for new exploits, which was causing the spikes that web masters addressed with us.

[…] AVG still offers full protection against potential exploits through the LinkScanner Active Surf-Shield [….], which checks every page for malicious content as it is visited but before it is opened.

We’d like to thank the web community for bringing these challenges to our attention, as building community trust and protecting all of our users is critical to us.

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UPDATE: The following post is outdated and the best solution can be found in my new post about AVG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. Continue reading How to disable AVG LinkScanner