McAfee SiteAdvisor Overview

When I read some papers related classifying malicious/benign web sites, it mentioned McAfee SiteAdvisor. I went through the official website and installed plug-in to play around. I found it is a good adviser because it not only provides nuisance sore also provide how does malicious software modify our own system. The other nice feature the SiteAdvisor provided is “Are you the owner of this site? Leave a comment”. By using this, website owner may have chance to let SiteAdvisor to re-evaluate.

We could install a McAfee SiteAdvisor plug-in to our web browser. When we search some web site by key words, the SiteAdvisor will advice us by four levels mark: green one is Safe, means very low or no risk issue; yellow one is Caution, means minor risk issue; red one is warning, means serious risk issue.

I input key words “kylogger”, the result is shown on below. As we can see, some websites are safe but some are risky.

We can view site report by clicking on the red mark icon. One part of report is download test.

SiteAdvisor also provides mark for each dowload files. There is a Nuisance Score related with the file. The most attractive part is How does it modify my system.

On the report, the SiteAdvisor also provides the online affiliations for the link, which give the web user overall picture about the website and its affiliations.


The backend of the SiteAdvisor maybe more interesting but I’d like to leave it for a while. Later, I may go through other similar product.

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