Free on-demand scanners that fit these criterias

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by J_L, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    1. Windows 7 64-bit support.
    2. Supports updating (not re-downloading the whole thing again).
    3. Supports custom scans (context menu preferred, but manual selection is fine)
    4. Supports quick scans (if it can be done with custom scans, I'd like to know how).
    5. Prefer removal, but not necessary.
    6. Does not install unnecessary bloat or anything malicious.
    7. Effective at its job (sorry no SUPERAntiSpyware).
    8. No duplicates (like Zemana AntiMalware).
    9. No automatic actions, especially with false positives.
    10. No trials or other limitations on the above.

    Currently using: Comodo Cleaning Essentials, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HitmanPro, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Trend Micro HouseCall

    Why? Cause I can, it's a hobby, for files/folders/drives that won't fit in VirusTotal or Metascan Online, extra insurance, to make a shortlist, etc.
    Freeware matching most of the requirements will be considered (like the ESET Online Virus Scanner I'm eyeing, which is missing the 4th requirement).
    Yes, I co-author Probably the Best Free Security List in the World, but I haven't tried the current versions of all the software listed. Plus, I'm always looking for more. Thank you.
     
  2. quanzi_1507

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    Try Norton Power Eraser :D

    Go to advanced options > system scan for a quick scan.
     
  3. J_L

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    Oh yeah, I remember that. Pretty much is a quick scan by default. Always seemed to get false positives though. I wonder about the effectiveness of Reputation Scan as well (so many unknowns).
    *Just remembered them not willing to fix the FP called littlefighter2 I reported, because it "uses aggressive methods to detect these threats,there is a risk that it can select some legitimate programs for removal" (quoted from email). Wasn't even some non-default Windows setting, but the directory, executable, and shortcuts of a non-malicious game I installed (without its bundleware).

    There's also WinMHR, but it's still a beta from 2-3 years ago. Also don't have quick scans, although it can monitor 32-bit processes. If I remember correctly, it wasn't very effective for a 30 engine cloud scanner and had false positives that doesn't show on VirusTotal.
     
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  4. tsilo

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    Try Bitdefender Antivirus Free edition.. Set virus shield off.
     
  5. roger_m

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    Avira is worth a look. While I haven't used it for some time, in the past (and I can only presume it still does) it had the option to install it without the real time scanning component. In doing so you avoid any incompatibilities with other security software.
     
  6. J_L

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    I did state on-demand scanners for a reason. Doing that still leaves bloat (see #6) and potentially conflicting components. Plus, why BDAV when I already have EEK and HMP?

    Indeed, I've done that myself in the past. May try again later.
    *Leaves 2 services and a tray icon running at startup. One of them is Avira Real-Time Protection for some reason. Although they can be disabled, it's still bloat and I'm not feeling adventurous, so VirtualBox snapshot restored.

    @All: Does anyone know how to perform a quick scan using custom scans?
     
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  7. Noob

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    You pretty much listed them all . . . LOL
     
  8. acr1965

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    I don't know if Eset's scanner would fit your criteria or not. But if you go to the Eset scanner page using Chrome you will be able to download the .exe and use/test it to see what it offers.
    http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/
     
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    I believe Panda Cloud Cleaner fits the requirements in OP.
     
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    choosing custom folders and/or 'operating memory should constitute a quick scan

    @lordraiden
    OP has already stated he uses EEK
     

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    I've already mentioned ESET, what should I select in Custom Scan to make it a Quick Scan?

    Panda Cloud Cleaner is pretty slow like without a quick scan, and seems to lag my system (and block Internet connection for some reason). After I cancelled, its process stayed in the background and can't be killed. I'll reboot and retest later.
    *Forget Panda, couldn't even log out or shutdown normally.

    I'll check out the next two later as well.
    *Sophos Virus Removal Tool doesn't have custom scan, so no go. Neither does EMCO Malware Destroyer, although it can scan different domains. Plus, it's effectiveness is questionable.
     
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  14. J_L

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    Removed Trend Micro HouseCall. The program is basically a launcher that downloads the whole package in your temporary folder, which doesn't last and has to be re-downloaded all over again. Also, "Quick Scan (Recommended)" took over 20 minutes.
     
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    http://www.clamwin.com/

    A real eye-opener -
    Most AV-programs are absolute garbage that throw up 'warnings' and what-not all the time, for nothing except to make you think they 'protect' you .

    'Norton' - ROFL
    'Reputation-Scanner' even more ROFL .
     
  16. J_L

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    ClamWin doesn't fit the 7th requirement, and installs background processes like Avira. Not sure if I remember correctly, but it scans the memory for threats instead of quick scan. I'd like more areas than that but not full scan.

    As for "garbage", what else do you use for detecting malware?
     
  17. Kerodo

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    ClamWin is almost worthless because it's detection is very poor compared to all the others....
     
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    See? It's not only me who think ClamWin has poor detection rate.

    Anyway, what about Kaspersky's rootkit scanner? I don't remember its name but I believe it can be updated without manually re-downloading the program again. Unless you want an all-you-can-detect kind of scanner.
     
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    Haha. I don't know anyone who thinks that Clam has a Good detection rate :D
     
  20. acr1965

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    anyone using the kaspersky avz tool? does it fit the criteria?
     
  21. lordraiden

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    what about Emsisoft Emergency Kit Scanner or Comodo Cleaning Essentials?
     
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    Did you read the first post, line "Currently using:..." ?
     
  23. J_L

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    You mean TDSSKiller? Looks lacking in the custom scan department. Yes, I prefer those kind of scanners for my uses.

    I've used it before, the issues were false positives (aggressive engine) and low detection rate (specialized signatures). Didn't seem to change when tested today, although I haven't touched the second issue. Also seems to not works as well under 64-bit.
     
  24. phalanaxus

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    AVZ wasn't designed for everyday use. It is designed to be run when Kasperksy fails and the system needs manual analysis.
     
  25. guest

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    Yeah, that one. And yes, I checked it myself and it doesn't support custom scan. Sorry for that. :oops:

    I don't think there is any more good scanner out there that you've never been heard of before, J_L. Most of those unpopular scanners usually are either have poor detection rate or just duplicating other scanners. :doubt:
     
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