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What are some good second opinion scanners?


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#1 Xeaq

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 05:55 AM

I'm sure there are already a lot of posts asking about this but I haven't really seen any that tell what they do and what they're good at. Eg. Their weaknesses and strengths, if they are destructive when removing viruses or if they can still keep the infected program intact when removing the virus.
I have Malwarebytes and McAfee (I forgot and was too lazy to switch the AV program when it asked if I wanted to renew the subscription.)
McAfee is generally been known as being bad but I've also heard that it detects malware really poorly. I have seen it quarantine a lot of false positives but does is it really have a significantly worse detection ratio than other scanners? When I checked online it has gotten an improved malware scanning engine and apparently had a really good detection ratio but how true is that?
From what I know Malwarebytes is just good at detecting PUPs but has gotten worse at detecting other types of malware.
I'm just looking for something that's good at detecting malware and isn't too destructive when removing them (Unless that isn't really a problem).
It doesn't have to be meant to be a second opinion scanner as long as it works alongside other scanners and can be used as a second opinion scanner.
How badly do I need a second opinion scanner and which one(s) would you recommend?
Sorry if some things I said don't make sense since I don't know that much about this stuff.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:14 AM

List of Free Scan & Disinfection Tools to supplement your anti-virus or get a second opinion:Many of these tools are stand-alone applications by themselves or contained within zipped files...meaning they require no installation so after extraction, they can be copied to and run from usb drives.

You can also supplement your anti-virus or get a second opinion by performing an Online Virus Scan. ESET is one of the more effective online scanners.
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 08:00 AM

Thank you!
Those are pretty long lists so which one would you recommend/what do you use yourself?

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:09 PM

From that list, I would recommend any (or a combination) of these...Emsisoft AntiMalware, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, Malwarebytes 3.0, Zemana AntiMalware, RogueKiller Anti-malware and the Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool.
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Posted 01 June 2018 - 01:33 AM

Okay, thank you!

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:01 AM

You're welcome.
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