December 4th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Online Virus Scans
December 5th, 2006, 01:12 PM
December 5th, 2006, 04:10 PM
i thought there are few sites for online scan...but its many...its really useful..thx buddy
one of the great day in my life when i found antionline.com
December 18th, 2006, 08:35 PM
I still say you're better with something installed which gives you real time protection and scans automatically when your PC is idle. Most PCs these days have ample resources.
December 18th, 2006, 09:07 PM
You definitely are, Moira, but I never fully trust any one scanner. All of these provide 2nd (and 3rd) opinions. I consider that crucial to really be sure.
December 18th, 2006, 09:14 PM
I suppose that gets round the problem that you can only really have one AV program installed at once, unlike anti spyware. Two firewalls or anti virus programs would conflict and clash with each other, whereas two or three anti spyware programs can happily exist in harmony on the same PC.
I might try an online scan just to get a second opinion.
December 18th, 2006, 09:25 PM
I do, frequently. And even though many AVs claim to detect rootkits, I still run rootkitRevealer weekly. You can never be TOO well protected, that is unless you go so far as to smash your modem
December 18th, 2006, 10:04 PM
Well, I'm running the Panda one. I'm a touch suspicious of the results though. It's claiming to have found and cleaned 6 viruses already, which not only sounds extremely unlikely, but if it's "cleansing" a whole lot of false positves or stuff I actually want, then I'll be annoyed ..... AVG started detecting my visual studio projects as viruses at one point and moved them into the virus vault.
What I want is for it to show me the results before it takes any action. It's claimed to have found 53 spyware objects which again, is pure ridiculous! I ran Spybot and Trend Micro anti spyware just the other day - in any case I'd know if I had a machine full of spyware, which I wouldn't have in any event!
All this scan is doing so far is making me look like a clueless idiot - and worst of all it looks like taking all night. Surprise, surprise - click "more info" and there's an advert for some "disinfection software"!
Edit It's done something completely weird to my thunderbird mail too - or I'm assuming it's that. Suddenly there are duplicates of every message but though the title is genuine the content looks like it's borrowed from the spam folder ...... strange.
Last edited by Moira; December 18th, 2006 at 10:19 PM.
December 18th, 2006, 10:25 PM
All I can tell you is the panda one never removed anything I ever needed. I've been using it for yrs. I find it very easy to believe it found things others missed, particularly Norton. I've seen Trendmicro catch stuff Norton missed, and I've seen Panda catch stuff trendmicro missed. That's why I never trust just one of anything
December 18th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Well I'm sorry but I don't trust this *at all*. First, it insists on using Internet Explorer and installing an active x control, then it takes all night to do a scan AVG would do in around 40 minutes (it's still only part way through the C drive). It myseriously finds all this malware that every other program I use regularly has missed (both spyware AND viruses) and if you believe the results, I have a PC here that's barely able to boot, never mind run efficently. The cookies I deleted just yesterday have come back in their hundreds and I must be blind not to notice redirects, pop-ups and god knows what else while I surf using - yes - Firefox.
It's playing havoc with my mail client - I now have messages in unsent drafts that I sent days ago as well as the peculiar problem with duplicate messages. And at the end of the day it's trying to sell me "disinfectant software" - its main point, I would suggest.
Oh, and I have 10 rootkits
Edit Well, the test has ended. I can see where it's coming from, but as I thought, there's nothing there that's actually a threat. I will say this, it's extremely thorough, it's been inside zipped folders inside zipped folders etc etc. But for instance, one of the "viruses" was the EICAR test file, which it's kindly changed from text to .vir and presumably deactivated - I just replaced it with another copy from a networked machine.
Then it's found some commercial keyloggers deliberately downloaded in the past which are sitting in a folder of zipped files - harmless. It sees the SP2 patch to open more than 10 connections as a hacktool, and one or two other old similar sort of programs I'd forgotten I still had. There are some files found in Thunderbird which are no doubt attachments to spam email which has gone straight into junk folder for deletion in a few days and if I'd tried to open the frequently infected attachments I'd have been warned by AVG (usually it catches them anyway, but I'd never in a million years click something like that).
I have Passware on my PC as it's handy if I forget an Office password etc - it saw that as a threat. Also, unlike most spyware scans which only scan the current user's cookies etc, this has gone over every user and there are some cookies that could probably do with deleting from other profiles - I'll make a point of doing scans logged on as my kids I think!
In short, it was very thorough, showed me a few things I'd forgotten were even on the PC that I could get rid of because I didn't need them any longer, some tracking software from other users, but to say there were 6 viruses, 10 rootkits and 53 objects of spyware plus a few suspicious files was really a bit OTT. There's nothing sinister residing here!
Last edited by Moira; December 18th, 2006 at 11:40 PM.