[Courtesy of Gizmo Freeware]
This review of internet safety check covers two sections: Installed Software and Online Services. These products are rated under six criteria:
- Ratings that are reliable with more information close at hand.
- Scanning that doesn't slow me down too much.
- Warning about and blocking of risky sites.
- Searching options including icons that link to the full rating.
- Compatibility and integration with the web browsers and operating systems.
- Detecting web pages and sites that have active or reported threats
See also More About Internet Safety Check at the end of this review.
The best tool that tells you which websites you can trust based on user ratings
Fast; highly compatible but works best in Firefox; works with the most search engines and even Google image search; multiple categories of user comment; excellent warning and blocking; child safety rating; excellent documentation.
Less functionality in browsers other than Firefox; slow on image search results.Read full review...
The best installed meta-rater which has an excellent reputation with users
Combines other free rating sources; provides a lot more information; works with Google and Yahoo! search.
Firefox and Chrome only for automated rating, Internet Explorer requires visits to each website; only two search engines; no warning or block screens; no link to detailed information so you will have to go to each rating source.Read full review...
These online safety checks are less convenient but very useful.
Checks websites and files against several rating services and blacklists, and scans with multiple anti-virus engines
Online service works with any browser; high accuracy; rates and scans in one check; 68 scanners; 13 raters; installable versions for Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
Slow reporting for scans; browser add-ons do very little.Read full review...