Online Virus Scan
Windweaver Internet Training Articles
copyright 2006 by Tracy Marks
Online Virus Scan and Protection
Reviews of Free Online Antivirus Programs
Because of the thousands of viruses and worms being spread around the
Net, we all need to have effective anti virus software which we update
frequently and set to automatically scan our computers, downloaded
files and email. But if we neglect protecting our computers or fear
that our current anti virus software has missed diagnosing and removing
a new virus, all is not lost while we wait to purchase, install and/or
update our anti virus protection.
Scan and Protect Your Files, Remove Viruses
A number of free online antivirus programs can easily scan our
computers, or just specific files. Some are actually virus protectors
and removers, and can actually clean infected files and remove the
Be wary however of popup messages which appear when you are browsing
and ask you if you want to quickly check your computer for viruses and
spyware. Some will illegally diagnose you with specific
viruses or dangerous installations of spyware, and scare you into
purchasing your product to rid of an imaginary threat.
The table which follows describes BitDefender, Trend Micro and Panda which will both scan and clean your files for free.
Norton Symantec, McAfee and Freedom have online virus protector which
will scan and diagnose but not clean or remove viruses. Three other
online virus protection programs will scan specific files but not your
Your best bet if you suspect your computer may be infected - or if you
haven't virus-checked it in a long time - is
to purchase or update a high-rated anti virus software such
as Norton Antivirus software (also known by its company name as
Symantec), BitDefender, F-Secure, Kapersky, McAfee, or Trend Micro.
However, in a pinch, you can quickly surf to the sites of most of these
virus protection companies as well as a few other online virus scan
sites, and have all your files scanned for viruses. BitDefender, Panda
and Trend Micro Online Virus Scan actually have virus removers on the
Internet which will clean and if possible repair infected files.
The table below describes each of these sites, what each online virus
scanner does, and the system and browser requirements for use. Note
that many are Windows only, some require Internet Explorer (and the
downloading and installation of ActiveX), and all require that you "sign" an online user
agreement which absolves the company of responsibility if the
program is not able to diagnose any virus you have, repair it, or stop
any damage currently being done to your computer
which may already be in process. The site will also alert you to the
security and privacy level you will be able to maintain while the scan
These are free services, but in many cases, the virus scan is offered
by an antivirus software company which does wish to sell you their full
package. These sites are legitimate antivirus software companies, but
you need not purchase their product in order to use their free service.
Important Note: For your own protection, you may wish to backup your
entire computer before using an online virus scan (although you may be
hesitant to do so if you fear you are currently infected and have a
fairly recent backup. You also should temporarily disable any antivirus
software that you have installed, and close all open programs.
These online virus protection programs can be a godsend, but they are
do not provide all the benefits or security of a complete anti virus
software package. You want automatic real time protection and scanning,
and a firewall to protect you constantly against intrusion.
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