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Online Scanners To Be Trusted


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#1 Bernie70

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 08:09 PM

I believe in keeping your computer secure from the internet. I do all the basic safety precautions like Use Firefox, Spybot, Adaware, AVG Free AV, etc etc (updating definitions regularly) but one thing I don't believe in are online scanners (that scan for viruses, trojans, etc). The reason might be silly, but I hate downloading things I don't need to. Are they an effective compliment to what I already have? Should I let go of my fear of using these online Scanners..which one's are the best? Thanks so much.....

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 11:32 AM

There are many reputable on-line scanners listed in this pinned BC topic:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

There are several reasons for using them.
1. No AV is absolutely guaranteed to detect every known instance of malware, even though many use heuristic algorithms in addition to definitions. On-line scans can increase the possibility of detection, but without the downloading and then updating a second (or third) AV application.
2. Some malware specifically targets resident Anti-viruses, generally with the express purpose of making them inoperable. On-line scans thus avoid this and can detect that malware.

Unless your computer shows signs of infection that your own protective applications cannot resolve, an occasional scan on-line is certainly a smart idea.

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John
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Posted 09 December 2006 - 03:06 PM

thansk jgweed...i've ran one of them so far (housecall) since it seemed to be the only one to run on Firefox. I guess I'llhave to dust off my IE to run some of the other ones LOL. Thanks again

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 10:41 AM

Using Housecall is probably all that you would need under normal circumstances.
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John
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