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Browse the Web Safely with McAfee SiteAdvisor

Updated on May 18, 2014

McAfee SiteAdvisor is a free browser protection toolbar that gives safety advice about websites as you browse and search. It does not ban sites; but warns you of potentially dangerous websites so that you can browse the internet safely. SiteAdvisor works with your favorite search engines and social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

Download & Installation:

You can download SiteAdvisor from After completing the installation, the SiteAdvisor toolbar would be added to your browser along with the Secure Search Box. You can use the Secure Search box for a more safer search by graying out risky links.

Supported Browsers:

  • Firefox 11, 12 and 13
  • Google Chrome 18 and 19
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and 9

Supported IM:

  • Microsoft Live Messenger
  • Yahoo Messenger

Supported E-mail Programs:

  • Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 and Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Hotmail
  • Microsoft Live Webmail
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Gmail

The SiteAdvisor Toolbar with Secure Search Box
The SiteAdvisor Toolbar with Secure Search Box

Site Safety Ratings:

With the installation of SiteAdvisor on your browser, you will see small site rating icons to your search results.

McAfee Secure trustmark → This site has been tested daily for hacker vulnerabilities.
Green Checkmark → This site is safe.
Yellow Exclamation → Here is some minor risk.
Red X → This is a malicious website.
Gray Question mark → this sites has not yet rated.

Site rating icons: Green Check marks
Site rating icons: Green Check marks
Site rating icons: Red X & Gray Question marks
Site rating icons: Red X & Gray Question marks

Adding Sites to the Trusted List:

You can add websites to the Trusted Sites list that you don't want your SiteAdvisor to warn you about.

SiteAdvisor → Options → Trusted Sites

To get SiteAdvisor options please click on the drop down arrow next to the SiteAdvisor toolbar.

Trusted Sites
Trusted Sites

SiteAdvisor LIVE:

There is a premium version of SiteAdvisor available for purchase. You may need to purchase SiteAdvisor LIVE in order to get the site ratings in your instant messaging programs as well as e-mail programs. You can use Protected Mode to protect your family from visiting malicious websites and downloading risky files. You can also shorten and share web links to social networking sites or other applications with SiteAdvisor LIVE.


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