I tested the following part for malcode that was reported in the virus and worms section from a find on a hacked legit web site as a google search request to see how links scanners like finjan and WOT would react to these pages that avast shield would flag and then disconnect from, and against which the NoScript extension would protect . The results are not very reassuring where the link scanners are concerned....
This was the request you can put it into your google searchform and then see for yourself (Do not click on the result pages given as green by the pre-scanners, because all may be infected through the so-called "Islamabad" hack-code!) This
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was the search query.
On the first result page the first two results did not count because they were from avast webforum mentioning the malscript.
Best performaning was finjan 2 flagged as "potential virus can harm your computer", this for three result pages.
One result flagged by WOT- but not because of the code but because of the site's reputation, one yellow for another search result. McAfeeSiteAdvisor missed all, and DrWeb's av link checker plug-in also missed them all because it does not scan but within the same domain...
So if you want to use a link checker I would choose finjan secure browsing, but the performance of this scanner is also poor. Best is the avast live browser shield scanning. And off-course nothing can compete with the full protection of Firefox browser with NoScript and RequestPolicy add-ons installed.
My personal opinion of the present pre-link scanning results - I consider them mainly to be snake-oil,