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#1 herby canopy

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:13 PM

Aloha! I was wondering what my options where for a anti-virus and anti-spyware programs where that did not run anything in the background. I just want the program to scan when I tell it to or when I schedule it to. I know that some programs out there you can turn off features for them but then they nag you telling you to tell you they are turned off.

So what would work best for me? I should add all the computers use Windows XP.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 04:26 PM

Clam AntiVirus is an on demand scanner only (meaning it doesn't run in the background)

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:26 PM

You can use McAfee command line scan. You can download it with up-to-date definitions for free.

http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100054
(The page shows how to run in Safe mode but you can also run in normal mode)

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 10:27 PM

Another is ESET Online Scanner

Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/NT

ESET Online Scanner is a user friendly, free and powerful tool which you can use to remove malware from any PC utilizing only your web browser without having to install anti-virus software

Works in most browsers but best with IE 5 or higher.
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 10:44 PM

Another is ESET Online Scanner

Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/NT

ESET Online Scanner is a user friendly, free and powerful tool which you can use to remove malware from any PC utilizing only your web browser without having to install anti-virus software

Works in most browsers but best with IE 5 or higher.


Would that be slower then a program? Also I assume good detection since you are bringing it up as an option.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 11:26 PM

Hard to say Herby. Scan lengths depend on many things. Number of files, hard drive size, rocesser speed etc..

ESET scans generally from what I've seen take 30 -60 mins.

Here's instructions.
Please perform a scan with Eset Online Antiivirus Scanner.
(Requires Internet Explorer to work. If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)
Vista users need to run Internet Explorer as Administrator. Right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run as Administrator from the context menu.
  • Click the green ESET Online Scanner button.
  • Read the End User License Agreement and check the box: YES, I accept the Terms of Use.
  • Click on the Start button next to it.
  • You may receive an alert on the address bar that "This site might require the following ActiveX control...Click here to install...". Click on that alert and then click Insall ActiveX component.
  • A new window will appear asking "Do you want to install this software?"".
  • Answer Yes to download and install the ActiveX controls that allows the scan to run.
  • Click Start.
  • Check Remove found threats and Scan potentially unwanted applications.
  • Click Scan to start. (please be patient as the scan could take some time to complete)
  • If offered the option to get information or buy software. Just close the window.
  • When the scan has finished, a log.txt file will be created and automatically saved in the C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\ folder.
  • Click Posted Image > Run..., then copy and paste this command into the open box: C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\log.txt
  • The scan results will open in Notepad. Copy and paste the contents of log.txt in your next reply.
Note: Some online scanners will detect existing anti-virus software and refuse to cooperate. You may have to disable the real-time protection components of your existing anti-virus and try running the scan again. If you do this, remember to turn them back on after you are finished.
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