Is There an AVG for Mac and What is AVG Link Scanner for Mac?

For those of us that have had a Window’s based computer, the name AVG may be familiar. That’s because it’s a very popular, and in fact, a very good, free anti-virus software used by a lot of Window’s users. When we switch over to a Mac OS X, most of us think very little of finding an AVG for Mac because one of the reasons we have made the change is that we are happy to be rid of those pesky viruses our Window’s computers seemed to pick up all too often.

Although this was indeed the case, that Mac’s were quite free from viruses for the most part, but sadly this isn’t the case anymore. The problem is still not as bad as it is for those using a Windows OS, however, with Apple devices becoming more popular, hackers are beginning to target them more often.

Due to this some are now looking for that familiar product name that they trusted with their Windows computers, AVG. Especially since the risk of a virus is still not major and AVG is free, it does seem a good choice. But there is not an AVG for Mac. Not as far a an antivirus program goes anyway, in which it would scan your computer for viruses and malware etc. AVG did make for us Mac users a Link Scanner though, read on to see if it’s for you.

AVG Link Scanner for Mac

AVG Link Scanner for Mac Logo

Since there’s not really an AVG for Mac that will protect your computers from viruses, spyware, adware, and other forms of malware, there is a program from AVG called AVG Link Scanner for Mac. Like their other AVG programs, AVG Link Scanner is completely free, and can be downloaded online.

This program is not like a regular antivirus program that you would use  to protect your Mac, but it can be used as additional protection against getting a virus. How it works is that when you do a Google (or other search engine search), the search results will show up with a safety rating next to them. It will also scan any website link that you go to and notify you if there is anything malicious on the page.

This will even work from social sites, such as Skype. Say that you get a message in your Skype that is from someone you don’t know or don’t know well and there’s a link to click on. Should you click it? This Link Scanner program will check it out for you. You can click on the link and if there is anything found by the scanning software it will block the site, meaning it won’t allow you to visit the site.

As for the sites that come up in search with a safety rating next to them, there are 5 different ratings. As you can see from this screenshot, the ratings have a symbol and are color coded. The ratings mean the following:

AVG for Mac Link Scanner Ratings

Green: Safe √   Yellow: Caution!   Orange: High Risk!!   Red: Danger Avoid X   Gray: Unknown Website ?

Getting Started with AVG Link Scanner on Your Mac

The AVG for Link Scanner for Mac program can easily be downloaded from the Internet. There are two different choices when downloading the program. You can either download the entire installer, or you can use the download manager. For anyone with a reliable, fast Internet connection, downloading via the download manager is recommended.

Once the application is downloaded, it can be installed quickly and easily on the Mac that it was downloaded on. However, before you install it you should be prepared to restart your Mac when finished.


AVG’s Link Scanner will run without you having to do anything with it. It works while you are on the web or even with some of your programs on your computer if there is a link involved, such as the earlier example of the Skype. The program does not take up much space on your hard drive, or use much memory.

The Bottom Line about AVG’s Link Scanner Software

As I researched AVG for Mac on the internet, I first found that 1) there is no AVG for Mac and then 2) that there is a product made by AVG for a Mac called Link Scanner, of which we have been going over in the article, and 3) that this Link Scanning software does have its ups and downs. For the most part the response to it has been good. Users say that it runs fine and doesn’t affect their Mac’s performance. However, like many programs, Link Scanner does have some issues, according to some users anyway.

These issues were involved in 2 things, which were when they updated or tried to update to the newest version they would have issues, meaning it would start to severely slow their Mac down and act weird in other ways, and that if and when they went to uninstall the program, uninstall wouldn’t happen; it’s a stubborn one to get rid of.


I found in the AVG forum some answers though to the uninstall issue and it appeared that AVG support did work with the users until the problem was solved. To uninstall you need to use an uninstaller that comes with the program, so before dragging and dropping it to the Trash thinking that is the way to get rid of it, first go to the application in your Finder first and find the Uninstall button.  If you do download and use this program and decide later to uninstall it and find you are having problems, you can go to this AVG forum link to read how other users finally accomplished it.

The bottom line is that if you don’t want to install an antivirus on your Mac, the AVG Link Scanner program would at least be of some protection in helping you to not accidentally download a virus. As for what I personally suggest and prefer, I use an all-on-one program, which is a Mac cleaner that has an antivirus with it, and therefore I find no reason for Link Scanner, but for others that simply do not want an antivirus program, this may be a good choice.

So, it really comes down to a matter of preference.  If you do use it, remember that it may be tough to uninstall and keep an eye on it after regular updates when some users say that it tends to display some issues. If you keep these two things in mind, AVG Link Scanner for Mac will be a wise choice for protecting your Mac from malware and viruses if you’re not using antivirus software.

50 Kimberly Carver

Kimberly Carver is a trained Mac Specialist/Expert. Trained both in school and on the job she continues to educate herself about Macs at every opportunity she gets. Kim’s official training and areas of expertise include: Mac specialist, AOL IT Tech, certified paralegal, research specialist, and licensed private investigator.