If you’re not ready to invest and/or install a good, full-fledged antivirus software program, there are two other options you can try that are made readily available – free antivirus or free online scans.
An antivirus for online scan may not be a truly free antivirus, neither will it provide further benefits, but it will at the very least let you know of any potential threats or those already lurking in your system or network.
Online scans are done differently depending on which antivirus you decide to use, as some you can do online, while others let you download and scan for free.
Here are the most popular free antivirus software for online scan:
- Panda Security
- Trend Micro
Bitdefender’s QuickScan is an antivirus for online scan that uses a new technology to combine intelligent local scanning and cloud scanning, thereby detecting e-threats in memory quickly.
In order to use QuickScan, visit Bitdefender QuickScan website, and install the required ActiveX/plugin when prompted. Once you’re done, click on Start, read the end user software license agreement carefully, then select Accept when done, or Exit if you don’t agree with the terms and conditions.
If you clicked Accept, the scanning process will begin, so give it a few moments to complete then click on Report to open the log in the text editor, and save it to your preferred location.
Further details on the scan report can be found in Detect and Remove Malware under the Fight against Malware category in the pull-down menu.
BullGuard’s Virus Scanner works with browsers to scan critical areas of your device or computer quickly.
Once you install the browser extension on either Firefox or Internet Explorer, Virus Scanner starts scanning your running processes, network connections, files, plugins, system folders, and other files like DLL and EXE within seconds, after which you can view a detailed report of the scan.
If you suspect that your computer is harboring strange things, this free antivirus for online scan will find them out and get rid of them, as it looks through your computer’s content and detects potential malware.
In case it reports back that there is malware, you can download the free 60-day trial version of BullGuard Internet Security with comprehensive scan and removal features to get rid of the malware.
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The free online scan looks for malware like viruses, worms, Trojans, spam, spyware, hacking, phishing, fraud and social engineering among many other threats.
You don’t have to uninstall your current security software to run BullGuard’s Virus Scanner as it is light and extremely fast letting you know if your computer is infected or not in 60 seconds.
With Panda’s Cloud Cleaner, a free antivirus for online scan, you can scan your PC for free using this advanced disinfector that is based on Collective Intelligence (cloud scanning) to detect malware that traditional solutions can’t.
It also gives you options for online scanning if you can start the infected computer, or if you cannot start it.
If you can start the infected computer, use Panda Cloud Cleaner, the free disinfection tool, or Panda Cloud Cleaner Portable, a portable disinfection tool with no installer for advanced users.
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On the other hand, if you cannot start the infected computer, use Panda Cloud Cleaner USB scan which comes with a rescue USB to disinfect PCs that cannot boot up, or Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO that is a disinfection tool for computers that won’t boot but for advanced users.
Panda gives web and email support, backed by 24/7 year-round remote and chat support, basic tune-up and virus removal, as well as maintenance and repair of your OS, common programs and smartphone apps.
F-Secure’s Online Scanner scans and cleans your PC for free, getting rid of viruses and spyware. It also works even if you have other security software installed.
This antivirus for online scan is easy to use with a few clicks after which you download and run it.
It leaves nothing on your PC, plus it is completely free, as it is a standalone program which automatically downloads the signature files before scanning your PC. It automatically starts scanning for malware, but you cannot customize or choose what antivirus scan you want to run.
In the event it finds infected files, F-Secure will request that you restart your computer so it can clean them. You can also see details of where malware is located, the malware type, and the number of infected files.
There’s no way you can discuss antivirus software without mentioning Kaspersky at least once.
Kaspersky’s Security Scan is also a standalone app that you have to download and run on your PC.
It is simple, easy to use, plus you get to perform a full system scan real quick and schedule regular scans if you like, though it does this bi-weekly by default.
This antivirus for online scan delivers reports presented in several sections such as malware, system protection, and then other issues it finds after the main ones are detected.
However, for proper scanning and cleanup of your system or PC, you’re better off downloading either a free trial version, or purchase one of the Kaspersky products in their security software range.
Norton’s Security Scan, powered by Symantec, delivers the power and speed of Norton scan technology for free!
As a standalone app, you have to download and run it so as to perform security scanning and let it detect whether there are viruses or other malware present on your PC, in addition to clearing suspicious cookies.
ESET’s Online Scanner is a free online virus scan that detects and removes malware, is easy to use, and runs from any browser.
Some of the benefits that come with this antivirus for online scan include one-click activation without registering any contact information, comprehensive detection of both known and unknown malware, up-to-date threat and heuristic detection algorithms, and in-depth scanning.
The latest version has improved usability, finds and removes malware in the system registry, offers restart and rescan for malware that can be cleaned with restart, plus scans Autostart locations and boot sector.
HouseCall by Trend Micro is a free antivirus for online scan that detects and fixes malware on your PC.
Features include an easy to use interface, fast scanning, three scan options from quick, full or custom, Smart Scan – the latest antivirus protection – with reduced download times, scan results comparisons, and file recovery.
As a standalone and browser-independent application, it has no compatibility issues, plus you can enjoy the benefits of enhanced detection and cleanup as it addresses sophisticated threats on all your network devices with recommendations on how to eliminate them.
Other free tools you can try with Trend Micro include anti-ransomware toolkit, Rubotted, and the RootKit Buster.
HouseCall cleans up threats but doesn’t prevent them. However, Trend Micro’s Internet Security includes all HouseCall functionalities, plus automatic virus updates, personal firewall, spam blocking, spyware detection and removal, protection against identity theft and protection for your router/Wi-Fi.
Ready for a test run with any of these antivirus for online scan? Let us know which one you tried and share your experience in the comments section below.
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