While PC scanners cannot fix issues once they detect the problems on your machine, they offer a way to help you address the trouble. One such tool is the Kaspersky System Checker 188.8.131.52.
Kaspersky System Checker is portable freeware that scans your computer for potential issues, including things like malware and out-of-date programs to more mundane issues like not having enough hard drive space and having wrong Windows configuration or application settings.
After downloading the software, run the program to scan your machine by clicking the Run Diagnostics button. The tool lets you monitor everything happening with your PC through a logging pane.
After a less than five minute scan, the program lists major issues in the Detected Items pane. It may also include a list of passed tests where no malware was detected or no PC issue was found. Critical items are marked in red and mild issues are represented by blue.
It’s worth noting that the scanning process requires an internet connection to work. For your privacy, the program does not send dump files or traces to Kaspersky without your consent.
Kaspersky System Checker, however, can produce vague results after the scan. For example, the first result says the display of known file type extensions is disabled.
Malicious software often masks its executable file by giving it the appearance of popular file formats (documents, images, music, movies, etc.), replacing the icons for these categories. When display of a known type of file extensions is disabled, the file “image.jpg____.exe” appears to the user as “image…”. Thus, the user can run a malicious program that allows an intruder to gain control over the system and user data.
The other results are ambiguous as well, as shown in the screenshot above. Fortunately, other results indicate clear details about the problems on some of the programs on your PC. For instance, Kaspersky System Checker found vulnerabilities in Photoshop CS5 and 7-Zip during our test. Still, the program does not give actionable information on the problems it finds.
Kaspersky System Checker is available to download for users of Windows XP and later.