I need a free online virus scanner

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Melita, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. Melita

    Melita Registered Member

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    Could you please recommend some free virus and malware scanners, other than 'ESET Online Scanner' which I already know about. I am using Windows XP and Windows 7. I am not looking for real time scanners or virus guards. I need only those I can use to scan the computers for virus, malware etc. from time to time, when I want.
     
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    Also of note is many of the AV vendor based online scanners don't run on XP. Additionally, many won't work for Win 7 unless the SP's installed that support SHA-2.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. This is an enormous list. I don't have the expertise or experience to choose from this. Some recommendations from members here will be most valued and appreciated.
     
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    Kasperky Virus Removal Tool
    Not sure if it will run on XP or 7. Top online scanner though.
     
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    Trend Micro HouseCall™ - Free Online Security Scan
    https://www.trendmicro.com/en_ca/forHome/products/housecall.html

    "Detect and fix viruses, worms, spyware, and other malicious threats for free."

    The above link is for/from the Canada region.

    This page for/from the GB (UK) region has a FAQ at the bottom and the
    System Requirements which shows that XP is supported. I know it works
    with Win7 as I use it.

    https://www.trendmicro.com/en_gb/forHome/products/housecall.html
     
  7. Hiltihome

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    Supporting XP-SP2, and higher:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller
    Kaspersky VirusRemovalTool
    AdWCleaner (WIN7 and higher)

    Use them in above order.

    Not online-scanners, but portable, and effective.
     
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    Clamav
     
  9. Melita

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    Thank you all for this wonderful support:) I got KVRT just now and it is working perfectly in XP and Windows 7. They gave me the latest version for XP too.

    https://support.kaspersky.com/8524

    Later I will post about my experience with the other programs you have recommended above.
     
  10. Sampei Nihira

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    No software mentioned above can beat in scanning speed

    • Hitman Pro.

    I use W.XP and have the latest ver. 3.8.20 build 314:

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    The latest version of

    • Malwarebytes Adwcleaner

    that works with Windows XP is 6.047.


    Another noteworthy software is

    • McAfee Stinger
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    that works with Windows XP.

    P.S. The latest version of Eset Online Scanner does not work with Windows XP.
     
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    Not according to the last post comment on that page which was made a few years ago.
     
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    From their web page I gathered that this is a real time scanner.
    ADW cleaner works fine in XP.
     
  16. Melita

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    Anyone who can tell me about Norton Power Eraser?
     
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    It is waaay too aggressive in my opinion. Many FPs. Seems designed mainly for advanced users.
     
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    Regarding HitmanPro,
    HitmanPro is an on demand scanner.
    HitmanPro.Alert provides real time protection.
    HMP and HMP.A are two different products (although HMP is also a part of HMP.A).
     
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    HitmanPro is a cloud-based, on-demand scanner. The free version will point you to the file locations of any bad stuff but only the paid-for version will actually remove it. I believe XP is still supported, I recall Mark Loman saying something to that effect. Correct me if mistaken on that.

    Since I don't have Secure Boot on here, I do run TDSS Killer by Kaspersky rarely if I'm concerned about something I downloaded that's not familiar.

    I use Rogue Killer on rare occasions, it takes longer than many others but is extremely thorough. Not sure if it runs on XP. The nags to upgrade to paid version pops out and can be annoying but the scanner is free to use and it's actually pretty good. :)
     
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    Yep! Absolutely correct. NPE has been known to destroy Windows to the point the machine won't boot any more. If you're confident in knowing what its detection/s means, and have a backup of your system, NPE on its own is fine to run. Just be very careful what you allow NPE to remove.
     
  21. Sampei Nihira

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    The softwares you recommend are both anti-rootkits and Melita has not requested this type of software.
    If I had to recommend an anti-rootkit software to use in a Windows XP (32-bit) OS I would recommend:


    https://www.novirusthanks.org/products/anti-rootkit/

    which was developed when Windows XP was still a supported OS.
    Other tools may have incompatibilities that could harm the OS.
     
  22. Sampei Nihira

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    The most important component of the security configuration in a Windows XP OS is the browser.:thumb:
    With an up-to-date browser, the possibility of encountering malware and thus needing any anti malware scans takes a back seat.;):)
     
  23. plat1098

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    All the scanners I listed happen to be in the list JR Viejo posted above. I only mentioned TDSS Killer as one I personally use because of no Secure Boot--as with any of them, it's not a "recommendation." The OP was asking for personal experiences with the software. .

    Rogue Killer is not an "anti rootkit;" it's an anti-malware in a paid version, a free on-demand scanner in free version. I said this in my post--if there is a "next time," please read first before reacting, OK?. I'm actually sorry to have to say that.

    Now if any scanner I mentioned would potentially cause "harm" to an OS, I would like documentation of that for my own learning experience! I'm referring to HitmanPro, specifically. Here is what it seems to be compatible with:

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    Plus, if there is a compatibility issue, the software would alert you beforehand, or it should anyway.
     
  24. Sampei Nihira

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    But you have not seen that in the quote to the part referring to Hitman Pro I have entered :thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
    Besides, I recommended HP.
    Why should it be incompatible for an OS that I use myself?

    You misunderstood my speech.:);)
    Merry Christmas (if you believe it)
     
  25. plat1098

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    OK, I believe it. :cool:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :)
     
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