Due to a large amount of requests from our previous post asking for free virus removal tools, we’re happy to provide this relatively short yet comprehensive list at your disposal.
There are many free virus scanners available online, but which are better and how well do they work? Following research, testing and experimentation, we have compiled the list below. These tools are the ones that we ourselves use on our machines as well as on our customers’. After all, what would a recommendation be without self-use and personal testaments?
Top choices for free scanner and removal
1. Trend Micro Housecall
Think your PC is infected? HouseCall can quickly scan your entire system (or selected drives and folders) and then identify and fix a wide range of threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware.
HouseCall is Trend Micro’s highly popular and capable on-demand to offer cleaning/deleting of infected files.
Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.
Top choices for free scanners (without removal)
1. Kaspersky Online Scanner
A new version is coming soon. The Kaspersky free virus scanner quickly finds out if you have any viruses or spyware on your machine without having to install new software. It’s very efficient and can be configured to scan individual files, folders and drives. Kaspersky updates their database frequently and their heuristics are among the best, making them one of the world’s most reliable. While you are waiting for the improved Online Scanner to release, you can take a free trial of the Kaspersky Internet Security 2011.
2. Kaspersky File Scanner
The online Kaspersky File Scanner checks single files less than 1Mb in size. If you discover a suspicious file on your PC, or suspect that a program you downloaded from the Internet might contain malicious code, you can check the files for Trojans, spyware or viruses, making it ideal for checking email and IM attachments.
VirusTotal analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines. File size must not exceed 5Mb.
Top Choice for free antivirus for Windows
AVG Free is one of the most trusted free antivirus and anti-spyware security software for Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. It provides a combined antivirus and antimalware engine, LinkScanner, and e-mail scanning.