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Shoul I Get WOT (Web of Trust) or is there Other IE Add-On?

by NorthBeachnik / May 18, 2011 5:34 AM PDT

I just removed AVGF Free because of problems with their last two upgrades resulting in false positive "rootkit" and "Trojan" "warnings". Now I need to replace one AVG feature which did work: the system of colored check marks and other symbols next to websiteslisted in web search results (I usually Google).

I have used WOT (Web of Trust) before. It is OK. Are there any other add-ons like this for free for IE8? I am concerned about securing my travel PC: a Toshiba NB 305, 2 MB, 32 bit, Windows 7 Starter, IE8.

Thanks in advance for your answer!

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Clarification Request
Did you write ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 18, 2011 5:48 AM PDT

That you will change your antivirus everytime it has false detections? So far I've seen false positives in almost every product.

The one that is irksome here is when we write the classic Hello World in C++ using Visual Studio 2008, many antivirus programs flag it as some PE infected thing.

Noted at

--> About WOT. Great stuff. Many of the moderators use that.

As to second opinion scans I like Grif's advice at Then Please Try This.. - CNET Spyware, viruses, & security Forums


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Sadly WOT is not available for IE
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 18, 2011 5:44 AM PDT

It is only for Firefox.

If you are using IE exclusively, then you may want to check out McAfee's Site advisor;

I must ask, what anti-virus are you using now? It's just that all anti-virus scanners report false positives from time to time. If your AVG Free otherwise worked well for you, then personally I see no reason to change.


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WOT for IE
by manmur / May 18, 2011 6:01 AM PDT

I have to correct you on for Firefox only comment.
Wot is is also available for IE, Opera, and Google Chrome.
I am not sure as to were you got the Firefox only part from.

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I stand corrected!
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 18, 2011 6:06 AM PDT
In reply to: WOT for IE

You're right Manmur and thanks for setting me straight.

I went here; in Firefox and saw only Firefox listed, but didn't see the bar across the page listing all the others.

Thanks again.

In that case, I would certainly choose WOT for IE.


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(NT) Your Welcome - manmur
by manmur / May 20, 2011 5:45 AM PDT
In reply to: I stand corrected!
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MS Security Essentials After AVG On-Again/Off-Again Problems
by NorthBeachnik / May 18, 2011 6:03 AM PDT

Thanks, Mark. You're right. I used WOT some years ago on a laptop running Firefox.

Since the beginning of the year I've had two periods of AVG reporting false positives incessantly. When I explored the situation online I found that others had the same problems. In the first instance, the false-positive Trojan warnings, AVG Tech Support admitted that it was something to do with their latest free uprade. The recent false-positive rootkits (the number of "rootkits" changes everytime you run a scan) and the intermittent failure of the rootkit scan to even function has been reported online by another user and, again, coincides with another upgrade to the free AVG program. At this point in my life I don't have time to futz (Yiddish) with this sort of situation.

I switched to Microsoft Security Essentials, perhaps not the best program out there but it came highly recommended by a very good repair shop used by major corps in San Francisco. If you have other suggestions for how to secure my computer without havng to think about it much I would appreciate it. I'm doing a lot of web research right now. Unreliable software such as AVG has recently become doesn't help the situation. I just want to Google and know within reason that the sites I click on are safe.

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See my correction above
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 18, 2011 6:08 AM PDT

I now see that WOT is available for IE, at

MSE seems good, but as always we back AV's up with other tools, like the MBAM and SAS utilities suggested in Grif's post linked to above.


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Wouldn't dream of computing without MBAM, etc.

MarK, not only do I have MBAM and other SAS utilities, I constantly recommend them to others who surf with only one form of protection. I find the one often picks up something that another/others miss.

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