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Which SiteAdvisor is best between McAfee SiteAdvisor or WOT?

Would they complement each other? Or will they conflict with each other? (I read somewhere about people having conflicts with absolute positioned objects, and then I read about people having no problems at all with both installed).

For instance, according to the posting by Geni Hanna at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2008/04/07/site-advisors-mcafee-wot-others-which-do-you-recommend/ 

the two (McAfee SiteAdvisor and WOT) complement each other.

Would I need to purchase SiteAdvisor Plus to get maximum protection for e-mail and IM also?:

http://www.siteadvisor.com/download/windows.html

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You can use both if you would like. I don't believe SiteAdvisor will protect your email. You may want to look into an alternate email protection.
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by:thakurdinesh
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McAfee SiteAdvisor is definetly the best choice for me. I believe you dont want t spend on both. And you dont need to buy Plus if you already have some Internet Security Suite. If not, it will always be a plus.
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Complementary indeed as they each have their backend blacklist checks and McAfee has its own cloud backend that would have info not seen by WOT. Of course it applies to other AV as well such as Trend Micro, FSecure, Symantec etc but they do not have such direct free plug in if I recall

it is good for layer defense but note that browser by themselves has inherent or add on defenses too.
IE 8 has SmartScreen filtering and Firefox has Noscript (plugin-in)
@ http://www.pcworld.com/article/161587/is_ie8_actually_safer.html
@ http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/secu/article.php/3827056/Seven-Firefox-Add-Ons-for-Security.htm

Another means to heighten your defense is using sandboxie - it traps any malicious attempts to your host machine. OF course you can go into virtual machine but probably virtual appl is good enough for now. See the link
@ http://www.sandboxie.com/
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by:btan
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Also there free plugin available that you can explore
a) Browserguard & Email-ID
@ http://free.antivirus.com/browser-guard/
@ http://free.antivirus.com/email-id/

The link are alternative to SiteAdvisor but do not have all running as it may conflict at time
@ http://techpp.com/2009/02/10/top-6-alternatives-mcafee-siteadvisor-browse-safe/

For email and IM, the protection criteria shd be in anti-spam and guarding against phishing links. Typically, the link will spawn off browser to download, the browser plugin install can be activated. But for holistic protection, anti-malware product can layer the defence
@ http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
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by:awawada
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I have Panda Cloud Antivirus, ThreatFire, SiteAdvisor, AVG LinkScanner & windows firewall. All are free & you have maximum security.

Don't like WOT because it is manipulated by some users...
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I received good alternatives for comprehensive protection for e-mail, IM and browsing, thank you very much!
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