Instant Messaging Protection


How to find this setting:

Main Console > PC/Mobile > PC & Internet Security > Internet & Email Controls > Instant Messaging

Your security software can protect you from links to unsafe websites sent via popular instant messaging programs.

Select Check for security risks in links to websites received via instant messaging programs and then enable the protection for the instant messaging programs that you use.



Yahoo!® Instant Messenger

Versions 9.0, 10.0, 11.0 and 11.5

America Online® Instant Messenger (AIM®)

Versions 6.8 and 6.9

Facebook Chat




You can activate protection for Yahoo! Instant Messenger or just like any other plug-in offered by those services. Follow the directions below to set up protection for America Online Instant Messenger.

Protecting America Online Instant Messenger

After you click the Install button, America Online activates Trend Micro IM Rating by default. To confirm that the plug-in protects you, follow the steps below.

  1. Opening the AIM window showing all of your contacts.
  2. Click the Manage button (at the bottom of the AIM window).
  3. Make sure that a mark appears in the checkbox beside Trend Micro IM Rating.


Once enabled, the IM Rating plug-in will warn you about links to risky websites by displaying one of the following messages in your chat window:



[Dangerous Link]

The linked page may contain hidden malicious software, or shows signs of involvement in "phishing," a kind of fraud in which fake websites mimic legitimate ones to steal information. You will be prevented from opening these links.

[Suspicious Link]

Avoid the site if possible, or exercise caution if you do open the linked page.


Check your Internet connection and proxy server settings.

[Untested Link]

The linked page may use an unsupported protocol (something other than HTTP or HTTPS).

Warning Icons

AOL:  Yahoo: 

When enabled, a color-coded rating icon will appear beside each checked link. Yahoo will also maintain a running list of checked links.