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#1 mute20

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:15 PM

Should you also use online virus scanners with a regular routine of using mbam,super anti,etc. I am just wondering since I think it might be useful to run maybe every 2 weeks for added scanning power and it might catch something the other programs don't. Also if it is advised I would appreciate a recommendation of what I should use for a full system scan only.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:44 AM

Personally i wouldn't bother with an online scan unless i thought that there was something actually wrong with my computer. An online scan tends to take a very long time!

I think that if your computer seems fine and your Antivirus scan is clean, your mbam scan is clean and your superantispyware scan is clean, then there's nothing to worry about. :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 01:02 PM

Sorry, but I have to disagree with 666philb.
No antivirus program is 100% effective, so assuming that just because yours doesn't find anything, everything is OK, could be a big mistake.
Which is more important to you; loosing a little time to be reasonably sure you're free of infection, or possibly loosing a lot of time reinstalling your OS, and maybe loosing all of your applications, and personal info.
Then again, you may be one of those people that don't mind reinstalling everything, when they develop a problem.
I'm not, one of those people. :thumbsup:

If I don't suspect a problem, I run an online scan once a month.
If I do, or one of my security programs detects a problem, I will also run an online scan, just to be sure.
I don't like taking chances with all of the info (approx. 2TB) I have stored on my system, if I don't have to.
The risk to me, is just not worth it, not to mention the time it would take to replace all of the info from backups. :flowers:

I use the ESET Online Scanner, or the Kaspersky Online Scanner.
Both links can be found in the Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps topic, in post #1, under Free Online Virus/Trojan/Spyware Scanners.
You'll find a few other scanners there, that you may want to try.
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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:13 PM

I was wondering if using esets online scanner would yield results even though I have nod32???

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:34 PM

If there's an infection that ESET recognizes, and NOD doesn't, then yes.
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