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UPDATE: The following post is outdated and the best solution can be found in my new post about AVG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.

17 replies on “How to disable AVG LinkScanner”

The problem is if you do this, then your tray icon displays a warning that you’re not fully protected.

What to do now is to uninstall, reboot, reinstall. but run it with these flags

c:\avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch

That will reinstall it without the safesearch garbage

@gambit32: If you disable it in the browser instead of AVG won’t display the warning. Funny I just found the instructions you posted and was coming here to update. Thanks.

Will give this a go – read somewhere else that it uses 70MB and adds 4 processes – if this is the case, I’ll be uninstalling quicker than I’ve upgraded.

Correct me if I’m wrong but if using IE isn’t it just easier to leave the AVG Search-Shield enabled & in IE just go to Tools, Manage Add-ons, click AVG Safe Search, then Disable.

Worked for me 🙂

Thanks very much for this information! Installing without the Linkscanner worked perfectly.

I tried to install avg8..windows2000 rejected it..I can’t remove it from my system..

What the F is this crap in my browser? I didn’t see an option to opt out of this during install! AVG is starting to turn into the next Norton or McAfee. Bloated and tries to do more than what people want. If this is seriously this much trouble just for an antivirus scanner, I’ll switch to something else. Hey AVG, you are driving away a potential customer with this crap. Stop it!

Sorry to hijacjk this thread, but it’s loosely related to what I’ve been trying to do. I use Windows Live on an XP platform, since installing AVG8 it slows it down so much that speech and video linking is impossible. I tried switching off the resident shield component first to see if that allowed windows live to work, but the warnings came up that I wasn’t protected. I switched it back on and tried switching off the link scanner and this is where your thread comes in. Thanks…..still no luck with Windows Live

The recent version seems to have SafeSearch component optional, just choose advanced installation and uncheck it. Drove me crazy the minute I opened my browser after updating to AVG 8…

Disable link scanner, then in settings go to ignore faulty conditions and check LinkScanner. Or right click on link scanner and click “ignore component state”

It still complains at the top of the overview, but it doesn’t leave the red error state in the tray.

i have been so frustrated that i cant even get on facebook or play games without that sheild blocking me.

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