Which is the best online AV scanner?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by pvsurfer, Jul 24, 2005.

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  1. pvsurfer

    pvsurfer Registered Member

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    My daughter just phoned saying that she thinks she may have a virus on her Dell notebook (with NAV2005 installed), as people she doesn't even know are complaining about receiving mail from her!

    I realize that this could be a case of her email address being spoofed, but to play safe I've sent her the Trend webpage for Housecall. Is there a better online scanner than Housecall that I should suggest she try?

    Thanks, pv
     
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    I like this one and this one they both do a good job. I would run both of them to make sure.
     
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    Thanks bigc~ I already sent her your first link for Housecall, I'll send her the Panda link as well. ~pv
     
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    both of those online scans have pretty good detection. if one can't delete a piece of malware usually the other can ;) let us know how it goes.

    bigc
     
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    You are welcome,

    Hopefully she's not to eat up that she'll need all of them :doubt:
     
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    Will do for sure. Btw, do you recommend running these from Save Mode, or not? ~pv
     
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    not the online scans, sometimes it is a little hard to get an internet connection from safe mode.
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll have her run one at a time until one of them hopefully finds the culprit (if she indeed is infected)!

    ~pv
     
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    I have a real problem with at least two of these...the only two I tried both wanted IE only, and they wants ActiveX enabled.

    As far as I'm concerned, that puts them completely out of the running. There just ain't no way on this green Earth that I'm allowing ActiveX on my machine, OK?

    Does anyone have any suggestions for online scanners that work without ActiveX?
     
  13. Bubba

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    You mean you have removed Macromedia Shock Wave and Flash, Sun's Java Runtime, the ability to update Windows products....etc :doubt:
     
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    Installing ActiveX content from AV vendors usually is not a problem.
    That's bascially all I use Internet Explorer for - Scanning, Gmail & Netbanking.
    The rest goes through Firefox :)
     
  15. Don Pelotas

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    Look in my signature, last one. :)
     
  16. Bubba

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    I borrowed from your signature in my above post :blink:

    BTW....thanks for the links :cool:
     
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    I used KAV online scanner for some days. Now appears the message: Online virus scanning licence expired.
    Is it like this? These online scanners have a limited time licence for use?
    Thnx
     
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    I think it's because it's a beta, or release candidate. I have no idea though, just guessing. Need coffee :ninja:
     
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    No, these on-line scanners are not time-limited.

    But the Kaspersky full on-line scanner was only a beta.

    So they have probably taken this one down as the gold version is very near.
     
  20. Don Pelotas

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    You need to uninstall the beta from add/remove programs and install the release candidate, at least this would be my suggestion without having used it for some time, but i think it just because it has become a release candidate. :)
     
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    Thnx, i will try your advice.
     
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    Oh that's cool, you can uninstall it too :eek: Never seen that with all the other scanners I use :cool:
     
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    Between last night and this morning my daughter ran the following online AV scanners: Housecall, Panda, BitDefender and F-Secure.

    Each of them found her system to be clean, so I'm concluding she is the victim of email-address spoofing (i.e., someone who has her email address in their contact list has the actual virus on their PC and it is using her address as the 'From' in the infected emails it broadcasts)!

    I suggested that she send an email to her email contacts alerting them of the possibility that they may have a virus, along with links to the above online scanners.

    Thanks for all of your support. ~pv
     
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  24. Don Pelotas

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    Ooops, didn't notice, well a good thing can never be mentioned too many times. ;) :D

    And you're welcome. :)
     
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    The trend micro housecall really works good. I also like bitdefenders scan but it leaves junk files called BDOSCAN on my drives which I have to remove after the scan completes. I go with housecall.
     
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