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Search safely...

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:31 pm
by PVTele
I've seen a number of posts asking about support for McAfee SiteAdvisor, which I understand is not current supported in Avant Browser.

I'm not a Scandoo employee, but I find their entirely online alternative to SiteAdvisor works extremely well. The home page is http://www.scandoo.com/. You can choose filtered Google, Live (MSN) or Yahoo, and you can customise your alerts to warn you against e.g. hate, racism or porn, as well as the usual malware. You can also choose global or UK flavoured search. The only thing you do lose is the ability to use Google's customised search - if you sign in to your Google account you lose the Scandoo element, and are left with plain Google.

I find Scandoo so useful I've made it my default search engine - the string to use is: http://guk.s.scandoo.com/search?hl=en&meta=on&q=%s . As I say, I'm truly not an employee, but after years of using SiteAdvisor with Firefox, I really didn't want to go without some kind of search filtering in Avant, which is by far my favourite browser, and Scandoo looked like as near an ideal solution as possible. So far, it's been very useful indeed.

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:42 pm
by MysteryFCM
By crikey that thing slows browsing down ......... alot! (Google's just taken 2<>3 mins to fully load via that service, whereas it normally takes a matter of seconds)

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:28 am
by PVTele
How odd :? I just timed it on my average XP SP2 system, using Avant 11.5.21 - just over 1 second to load the Google page, 6.5 seconds to complete scanning. Can't think why it's taking so long for you. Are you on an especially slow dialup or anything?

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:12 pm
by MysteryFCM
8MB broadband ;)

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:39 pm
by abfan123
It took a bit longer to load than usual, But not significantly longer (Loaded in 3-4 seconds)

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:03 pm
by PVTele
MysteryFCM wrote:8MB broadband ;)
Me too - I wonder why it was so slow for you. Unless they just happened to be doing something with the servers at the moment you tried... Have you tried it again?

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:00 pm
by MysteryFCM
On a 12MB connection atm (at the girlfriends) and the loading time when searching for "test" was 11 seconds ....

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:14 pm
by Sara
Moved to Software Reviews--Sara :)

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:45 pm
by bigC
Sara wrote:Moved to Software Reviews--Sara :)
Why, I thought this was some sort of online service?

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:42 am
by Sara
Online or not it still looked like a Review to me--if I'm wrong move it back.

Sara :)

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:19 am
by statm1
Seems fast enough to me.. Im on a 4mb broadband..

Re: Search safely...

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:21 pm
by PVTele
Sara wrote:Online or not it still looked like a Review to me--if I'm wrong move it back.

Sara :)
Sorry if I put it in the wrong place, Sara. It's an online service all right, but I guess you could say that was software, just running on someone else's server ;-) I posted it not so much as a review per se, more as a handy tip for those people who sometimes ask if McAfee SiteAdvisor will work in Avant. (It won't - not for me anyway...) Scandoo is a kind of real time online version of SiteAdvisor, very useful when hunting for anything that might come bundled with malware.