Security Suite browsing protection evaluates the safety of websites and restricts unintentional access to harmful websites. The following information will help you manage your browsing protection settings on your Windows computer. Use the quick links below to navigate to a section of your choice.


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Windows Browsing Protection

When browsing protection is enabled, safety ratings appear for websites listed on search engine results to help you avoid security threats, such as malware (viruses, worms, trojans) and phishing. The safety ratings are based on information from several sources, such as F-Secure malware analysts and F-Secure partners.

To enable Browsing protection using a Windows device:

  1. Open Security Suite.
  2. Select the Antivirus tab, then choose Settings.
Spectrum Security Suite Settings option
  1. Select Browsing Protection from the options on the left.
Security Suite Browsing Protection Enabled
  1. Toggle the ON/OFF button at the top right of the window. The switch appears green when browsing protection is enabled.
  2. You can choose to Block suspicious websites, Block prohibited websites and Show the reputation rating for websites in search results.
  3. To customize additional browsing preferences, select View website exceptions.


Safety Ratings

When performing a web search using Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc., the status of each website is displayed next to the link in the search results.

  • A website verified as safe by F-Secure will display a white check mark inside a green circle.
  • A website verified as harmful by F-Secure will display a white X inside a red circle.
  • If you try to visit a site that's determined harmful by F-Secure, the site is blocked and you'll receive a message similar to the one below:
Harmful Web Site Blocked
  • Select Allow website (not recommended), to bypass the warning and continue to the site.