Free Online Spyware/Virus Scanners – Multiply Your Protection!

The one thing we know for sure about today’s malware is, it’s very smart. It’s so smart that it often recreates its own component parts even if it has been deleted. How smart is that?

Today’s malware can write itself into multiple parts of the operating system and in many cases it can hide it’s files, registry entries, running process and services, making the infection virtually invisible.

Highly experienced computer users’ have come to realize that the Internet is alive with predators intent on installing damaging programs, (Spyware, adware, viruses and Trojans), on vulnerable computer systems.

However, the sad reality is, the majority of computer users are undereducated when it comes to recognizing the dangers and threats that the Internet poses to their computers, and to their personal privacy.

The installation of such malware invariable leads to a critically disabled PC, or in the worst case scenario, allows hackers access to important personal and financial information.

There are plenty of good anti-malware products, but no one anti-malware tool is likely to identify and remove all of the millions of rogue malware that infest the cyber world. One of my Internet friends, a Professor of University level Computer Sciences, frequently reminds me “Too much security is still not enough”. Sadly, he is right.

So to ensure maximum safety, it’s important to have layered defenses in the ongoing fight against malware. As part of the mix of security solutions, online scanners offer an extra layer of protection that’s required in the current Internet environment.

Online Scanner Benefits:

Generally fast and easy to use

Threat signatures and heuristic detection algorithms are always up to date

Provides deep scanning of archive files, runtime packed executables and email messages

Can detect malware that some AV solutions cannot detect

Avoids conflicts with existing security software

Acts as a double-check on the accuracy of your onboard AV solutions

Disadvantages:

Fewer scanning options than locally installed AV solutions

Not all scanners disinfect after finding malware

The following are Online Scanners that have developed a good reputation for accuracy; be sure to read the Terms of Use or Privacy Statements carefully.

Panda NanoScan

McAfee FreeScan

Symantec Security Check

Trend Micro’s HouseCall

ESET Online Scanner

Kaspersky

As I continuously point out on this Blog, the following are actions you must take to protect your computer system:

When surfing the web: Stop. Think. Click

Don’t open unknown email attachments

Don’t run programs of unknown origin

Disable hidden filename extensions

Keep all applications (including your operating system) patched

Turn off your computer or disconnect from the network when not in use

Disable Java, JavaScript, and ActiveX if possible

Disable scripting features in email programs

Make regular backups of critical data

Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised

Turn off file and printer sharing on the computer.

Install a personal firewall on the computer.

Install anti-virus/anti-spyware software and ensure it is configured to automatically update when you are connected to the Internet

Ensure the anti-virus software scans all e-mail attachments

Install Web of Trust, or a similar browser add-on

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4 responses to “Free Online Spyware/Virus Scanners – Multiply Your Protection!

  1. Online malware scans are an important — though often neglegted– tool in the battle to keep your machine free from keyloggers and other nasties the cyber-criminals use to steal your money.

    Today’s malware is capable (if it slips onto your machine) of disabling your onboard protection tools.. it appears as though your antivirus/anti-spyware is scanning and keeping you protected, but it’s really just spinning its wheels. It can’t do that to the online scanner.

    Thanks again, Mr. Mullins, for reminding folks that there are alternatives to being a victim. As a Help & Support provider, I see malware infested machines everyday (one machine had 619 different infections!) and you might be surprised at how many of those people thought the were protected.

  2. Great post, two programs I use are Avast Antivirus and Spybot Search and Destroy and I would reccomend these to everyone. I also set scheduled tasks for virus/spyware scans so I don’t forget.

  3. for removing virus from my pc

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