I need a free online virus scanner

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

  1. drhu22

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    @Hiltihome & Buddel

    Okay... I understand now. I was wondering why this thread was going on for so long.
     
  2. plat1098

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    Yes, after the 30 day trial expires, the version will revert to "free" and will no longer remove any malicious stuff--just scan for it.
     
  3. Krusty

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    From memory and unless it's changed, HMP is free to scan until it detects a threat. If you use HMP to remove that threat, then the trial is activated.
     
  4. Hiltihome

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    That's exactly how it was, if it hasn't been changed.
     
  5. Buddel

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    I've been using HMP as an on-demand scanner for a pretty long time. It hasn't found anything yet, but it is also my understanding that you can activate the trial version if you want HMP to remove a threat.

    By the way, HMP also makes it possible to right-click and scan individual files and folders in Windows Explorer (shell integration).
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  6. plat1098

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    Yes, but don't you get the free version by downloading the trial? lol! I've only been using the paid-for version, though it lapsed one time and I was able to run the scanner regardless. What do you do, do you activate to remove a threat and then de-activate it?

    The Shell Integration, that's in the paid version but it's in the free also? Interesting! :thumb:
     
  7. Krusty

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    I have a license too but to get the free version I would use the link from one of the HMP dev's signatures.
    Yep, also available in the free version. So is scan scheduling. In fact I'm pretty sure HMP free will remove tracking cookies without needing to activate the trial too.
     
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  9. Melita

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    Thank you, I got it now.
     
  10. roger_m

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    You should just run it with default settings. There's no need to change anything. But it's not a good idea to be running outdated software.
     
  11. Sampei Nihira

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    It is not an obsolete software it is the latest version available for OS Windows XP.
    With Windows XP,it can be harmful to use newer software.
    This for example is the case of MBAE where the developers themselves have informed me that they no longer have the technical expertise to avoid bugs in the Windows XP OS.
     
  12. Buddel

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    You're right. This is also available in the free version of HMP.
     
  13. Melita

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    Thank you. This is what I wanted to know.
    I got the portable version of this and it is running perfectly. Thank you.
     
  14. jmonge

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    Your welcome
     
  15. Brummelchen

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    at least any "online" av is good as another. why? because all use all similar scan signatures - and its service is almost limited to this (which includes file and registry scan only)

    "online" means not "connected to the web", it means manual triggered scanning on a live system, in full mode, like online and offline defragging. maybe includes loading current signatures from server. it means that it could be compromised before you start scanning because it has no self-protection. it means outdated signatures if not connected to the web. it means you cannot use it to scan a system "offline" - right behind booting before system is starting - which means malware (no boot malware) has not started and can alter the experience. in fact it is much weaker than any regular installed solution. in fact it only can control your user behavior, you could have done wrong before.

    what about your kaspersky experiment in 2019?
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/kaspersky-free-online-scanner.412040/
     
  16. roger_m

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    Well it is obsolete from the point of view that newer versions are available. However, I get your point and I presume it still get definition updates, making it still useful.
     
  17. Melita

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    I never found that illusive 'Online scanner' by Kaspersky. That thread was in January, and in February I left on a long trip to South Asia and the Far East. I was away for 8 months :D and got back home long after. When I go like this I give a wide birth to the internet, except of course to check my email on some other person's computer (I carry none), about once a month. As a result of this, I missed the last post on that thread by RAZZ and also completely forgot about the thread until you posted the link above! So I didn't get the benefit of his helpful post.

    Many thanks for your helpful tutorial about on line scanners.

    Kind regards,
    Melita
     
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  18. Melita

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    Thank you. You are right. This is the last version for Windows XP and it is still supported by MB:

    https://forums.malwarebytes.com/top...asked-questions/?tab=comments#comment-1243649

    Since you also use XP, a recent article also says they are still supporting this. I downloaded and it works fine. As you say, it seems rather heavy-took about 3 hours for the full scan but used only about 50% of the CPU throughout. Nothing was detected.
     
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    they will literally break your computer with few clicks and add to your paranoia (if you have any) due to the share number of false positives

    PowerTool 4.8 x86 / 2.0 x64 (very unsafe)
    "avz" version from Oleg's website (alot safer due to safety measures, but breaking everything is also easy if you unthick a driver or component)
    gmer (very unsafe)
    Farbar Recovery Scan Tool, or FRST is pretty darn cool and used by bleepingcomputer alot, if you remove wrong lines with its cleaning script you're in for a ride with re-installing windows as well

    Adlice diag is a bit safer and will also provide
    thorough information

    note that you should wipe your system if you find 'real' malware just to be safer and factory reset your router, I would avoid relying on cleaning tools, these are fun to fiddle with but thats it
     
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  21. Brummelchen

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    MBAM2 still get signature updates and is as good any current MBAM without the other features which are loaded by default but not used. MBAM 3/4 may have improved in scanning but the signatures are same. for a second option MBAM2 good as the newer builds.
    not sure but Kaspersky dont have any.

    dont know about ESET, very long ago, but some people recommend the EEK
    https://www.emsisoft.com/en/home/emergencykit/
     
  22. lucd

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    similar to powertool, first tab of powertool can be used safely, the other ones can be be tricky
     

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  23. wildlights

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    Kaspersky or norton
     
  24. Melita

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    I had better stay away from these! Thank you.

    Do you mean I should wipe the hard disk and reinstall windows?
     
  25. Melita

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    Are you referring to MBAM version 2? Thank you but I have got version 3 as I mentioned in my post #68 above.
    Unfortunately, this does not support XP.
     
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