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Need to check for viruses on your PC but don’t want to install a full security suite? Perhaps you think the software has been compromised, or you’re scanning in Safe Mode?
There are several virus scanners available that can be downloaded and installed (better than using an online virus scanner), their purpose being only to scan and hopefully remove threats – but when the moment of disaster comes, which one should you rely on?
We’ve taken a look at four, AVG, Microsoft Safety Scanner, McAfee Free Security Scan Plus and Kaspersky Free Internet Security Scan, and in this video you can see how they cope with scanning for a fake virus signature on a standard Windows 7 PC (32 bit with 1 GB of RAM and a single core CPU with a fast 20 GB hard disk drive). Although free, these apps are all adequate: the question is, which one will be most useful to you?
We used the safe/fake virus signature known Eicar for testing, saving the file on the Desktop, the Documents folder and the System32 subfolder.
Have you used any of these virus scanning tools? Do you prefer them to always-on virus scanners? Let us know in the comments!