Browser Defender™ Help

  1. Introducing the Browser Defender™ Toolbar
  2. Browser Defender Toolbar — Key Features
    1. Threat Heads-up Display
    2. Threat Notifications
    3. Search Defender (Not available in all regions)
    4. Understanding the Safety Ratings
  3. Frequently asked questions
  4. Browser Defender website
    1. What are the site ratings?
    2. What do you take into consideration when determining site ratings?

Introducing the Browser Defender™ Toolbar

The Browser Defender Toolbar warns you of unsafe and suspicious websites right in your search results so you can surf and shop online safely. Whenever you visit a site, Browser Defender checks the address and displays a safety rating based on potential malicious behavior or threats associated with the site.

The Browser Defender Toolbar also displays threat notifications for search results from popular search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! so you can see which sites are deemed unsafe even before you visit them. Now you can easily assess the risk well before you provide personal information to an unknown site.

Browser Defender Toolbar — Key Features

Threat Heads-up Display

Browser Defender displays a status message at the top of your browser showing whether a website is safe or not.

Threat Notifications

Browser Defender™ detects potentially malicious websites in your search results and notifies you of the threat.

Search Defender (Not available in all regions)

The Search Defender component of the Browser Defender toolbar allows instant access to safe searches from anywhere on the net. Search Defender uses the same powerful algorithms as the Browser Defender toolbar in order to highlight the risk levels of your search results.

Understanding the Safety Ratings

The Browser Defender Status Indicator: lets you know the threat level of the website you are visiting. This will change to green, orange or red depending on the threat level of the website.

When the "Check web pages against forgeries heuristically" option is enabled, the anti-phishing engine will look for a range of characteristics that denote phishing sites. The more characteristics it finds, the higher the rating will be for that site.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What if I don’t want to use the toolbar?

A.
Disabling the toolbar will also remove your ability to view search safety mark-ups and threat notification. Depending on what browser you use, you can easily remove the toolbar in a few steps.

Mozilla Firefox

Select Tools/Add Ons/Extensions then select ‘disable’.

Internet Explorer

Right click on the PC Tools icon in the navigation bar, select Settings and then check to remove the Browser Defender Toolbar.

Please Note: PC Tools Browser Guard & Browser Guard BHO will remain defaulted to ‘enabled’ and will to continue to protect you from web related exploits.

Q. Will I lose critical protection if I disable the toolbar?

A.
Disabling the toolbar will remove your ability to view search safety mark-ups and threat notification that provide you with information to head-off potential risks however Browser Guard will continue to protect you from web related exploits.

Q. Can the Browser Defender toolbar be used on all browsers?

A.
The Browser Defender Toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Q. Why did you include the Browser Defender Toolbar as a standard feature of the 2012 PC Tools Protection products?

A.
PC Tools is committed to providing the latest protection tactics for our users. With the search mark-ups and threat notification provided with the Browser Defender Toolbar we’re able to head off potential risks before they happen and give our users piece of mind when visiting new and unknown sites.

Q. Why don’t I have the Search Defender component of the Browser Defender Toolbar?

A.
Unfortunately at this time we have decided to limit this powerful search tool to specific countries. We’ll continually monitor the performance of this functionality, and hope to make Search Defender available in more countries in the near future.

Browser Defender website

Simply go to the Browser Defender website, http://www.browserdefender.com/ and enter the site you would like Brower Defender to assess. All tested websites will be returned with a full analysis report. We are continually expanding our database of websites analyzed, but if your requested website is not amongst our millions of crawled domains, then a grey rating will be shown.

What are the site ratings?

The ratings displayed are those calculated at the time of the last evaluation cycle. Sites are regularly re-evaluated. A feedback form is also provided for your input if you believe a site is incorrectly rated.

The ratings are:

What do you take into consideration when determining site ratings?

We take the following factors into consideration when we analyze and form an opinion on a website:

ThreatExpert forms its opinion on the overall rating of a site through a cumulative rating determined after examining all these factors independently, and in relation to each other.