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AVG LinkScanner 9.0

What is AVG LinkScanner?  (from AVG Technologies)

You want to surf, search and enjoy social networking but you want to avoid infected websites. With AVG LinkScanner® checking every web page before you even click on a link, you’ll know for sure that you, your identity, your personal information and your PC will never be compromised. Unique, preventative, real-time pro...  Read more


AVG LinkScanner 9.0 is a software program developed by AVG Technologies. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The setup package generally installs about 49 files and is usually about 75.4 MB (79,063,659 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows Vista (SP2). While about 63% of users of AVG LinkScanner come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\AVG\AVGLS9
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\AVG\AVGLS9\setup.exe /UNINSTALL
Estimated size: 75.4 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by AVG LinkScanner 9.0

  • avgabout.dll - AVG Internet Security (AVG About Box Library)
  • avgamnot.dll - AVG Event Notification Library
  • avgapia.dll - AVG API Module
  • avgapix.dll
  • avgcfga.dll - AVG Configuration Module
  • avgcfgex.exe - AVG Configuration Management Application
  • avgcfgx.dll
  • avgcmgr.exe - Prevalence reporter
  • avgcslx.dll - AVG Common Client Library
  • avgdumpa.exe - AVG Crash Dumper
  • avgdumpx.exe
  • avgfrw.exe - AVG First Run Wizard
  • avgiar.exe - AVG Setup Failure Reporting Utility
  • avginet.dll - AVG Update downloader
  • avgiproxy.exe
  • avglnga.dll - AVG Language Module
  • avglngx.dll
  • avgloga.dll - AVG Logging Library
  • avglogx.dll
  • avglscan.exe - AVG LinkScanner Quick Scan
  • avglvea.dll - AVG Prevalence Reporting Library
  • avglvex.dll
  • avgnsa.exe - AVG Network scanner Service
  • avgnsx.exe
  • avgpp.dll - Safe Search pluggable protocol
  • avgppa.dll
  • avgresf.dll - AVG User Interface Additional Resource Library
  • avgsched.dll - AVG Scheduler Module
  • avgsrma.dll - AVG Scan Result Manager Module
  • avgsrmaa.exe - AVG Scan Action Executor
  • avgsrmax.exe
  • avgsrmx.dll
  • avgssie.dll - Safe Search for Internet Explorer
  • avgssiea.dll
  • avgtbapi.dll - AVG Toolbar API
  • avgtray.exe - AVG Tray Monitor
  • avgui.exe - AVG User Interface
  • avguiadv.dll - AVG Advanced Settings
  • avguires.dll - AVG User Interface Resource Library
  • avgupd.dll - AVG Update library module
  • avgupd.exe - AVG Update module
  • avgwd.dll - AVG Watchdog Module
  • avgwdsvc.exe - AVG Watchdog Service
  • avgwsc.exe - AVG Security Center Support Application
  • avgxpl.dll - LinkScanner SDK
  • fixcfg.exe - AVG Configuration Repair Tool
  • setup.exe - AVG Setup
  • AVGToolbarInstall.exe - AVG Security Toolbar

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • avgssie.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'AVG Safe Search' with the class of {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} (WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter).
  • avgwdsvc.exe runs as a service named 'AVG WatchDog' (avg9wd).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • avgtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AVG9_TRAY' which loads as C:\Program Files1\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • avgnsx.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG9\avgnsx.exe'.
  • avgupd.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVGLS9\avgupd.exe'.
  • avgwdsvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2012\avgwdsvc.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.58 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000423704%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001982%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00002255%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,336
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:122 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:35.89 MB
Total CPU:0.0182475961%
Kernel CPU:0.00857924%
User CPU:0.00966836%
CPU cycles/sec:5,095,595
I/O reads/min:1019 Bytes
I/O writes/min:8 Bytes
Memory:18.87 MB
Total CPU:0.0016915485%
Kernel CPU:0.00074533%
User CPU:0.00094622%
CPU cycles/sec:14,111,196
I/O reads/min:8.17 KB
I/O writes/min:9.2 KB

How do I remove AVG LinkScanner?

You can uninstall AVG LinkScanner from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program AVG LinkScanner® 9.0, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove AVG LinkScanner.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by AVG LinkScanner 9.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 7 5%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.16%
Windows Vista 15.79%
Windows XP 10.53%
Windows 10 10.53%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 47.37%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 15.79%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.53%
Windows 10 Home 10.53%
Windows 7 Home Basic 5.26%
Windows 7 Professional 5.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.50% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.50%
  Germany 9.38%
  France 6.25%
  Russia 6.25%
  United Kingdom 6.25%
  Belgium 3.13%
  Netherlands 3.13%
  United Arab Emirates 3.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 55.56%
Toshiba 11.11%
ASUS 11.11%
Acer 11.11%
Intel 5.56%
Dell 5.56%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 13.33%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 13.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite L505 6.67%
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 6.67%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.67%
Dell Inspiron 530 6.67%

About AVG Technologies

AVG Technologies is a global leader in security software, protecting more than 110 million consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries.
Publisher URL: www.avg.com


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