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Best free file (/directory) scanner for detecting malware?

  1. #11


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    I'm using whatever the latest version of Avast! is. I haven't paid anything for it, you can use it for free. The paid version is real-time but the free one isn't.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    Hi

    I am using Windows Defender to protect my PC.
    I am suspicious that it may have missed some malware and I would like to scan particular directories.
    I understand that it is a bad idea to have more than one anti malware application running simultaneously.
    So I would like to install something to catch viruses/Trojans/spyware etc with on-demand scanning of individual files & directories (and maybe my entire PC but that is less important right now)

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks
    I only recommend 2 programs: Trend Micro Internet Security and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Both are known to protect computers from malware and other security threats specially PUPs.
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  3. #13



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    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    Axe0 - like I say in post#4 I ran MalwareBytes and found some PUPs.

    I'd quite like to run some other on-demand stuff to see if anything else comes out of the woodwork.

    I'm not completely ready to abandon Windows Defender. No offence but I'd like to see some further second opinions on BitDefender. Fwiw, last time I looked into it I concluded that most of the "expert" reviews were extremely biased....
    Remember it now that you asked if there is a possibility to install Malwarebytes as an on-demand base.
    Yes there is, Malwarebytes free version.

    Btw, you could get a lot of av program for a very cheap price, but its not always trusted by some of users.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by axe0 View Post
    Btw, you could get a lot of av program for a very cheap price, but its not always trusted by some of users.
    Are you saying Microsoft's own Windows Defender is insufficient?
    I notice that Microsoft offer a service where they maintain your Windows PC and guarantee to remove any viruses/malware that you catch. If they do this badly they stand to lose a lot of money. And the AV they use? Windows Defender and nothing else.
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  5. #15


    ship69, no offense but if axe0 is saying Windows Defender is insufficient, then I agree. I even talked to a Microsoft tech support person and even she said it was insufficient and she recommended something better. Like AVAST or Vipre or BitDefender. MSE is also not the greatest. Most paid versions or AV's and AM's are better that their free-counterpart.
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  6. #16



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    Quote Originally Posted by ship69 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by axe0 View Post
    Btw, you could get a lot of av program for a very cheap price, but its not always trusted by some of users.
    Are you saying Microsoft's own Windows Defender is insufficient?
    I notice that Microsoft offer a service where they maintain your Windows PC and guarantee to remove any viruses/malware that you catch. If they do this badly they stand to lose a lot of money. And the AV they use? Windows Defender and nothing else.
    Nope I'm not saying that, I'm saying that there is a way to get licenses for AV program very cheap.

    But about windows defender, its enough if you're very very careful with what you do on the internet, but thats on a really high level especially these days with the vulnerabilities 'database' from the Hackers Team.

    I prefer to pay for a program that is much better in catching malware so I feel save, then to be really careful with what I do on the internet,
    Because as far as I'm aware of, Windows Defender couldn't protect me with some malware when other AV programs could.
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  7. #17


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    OK, well it does sound like the entire AV industry is likely to exist in part only because they can offer more than the free Windows Defender.

    I wasn't really planning to ask this question here, (as I was originally only looking for on-demand software) but if I am to replace Windows Defender this needs more serious thought.
    a) Are the folks in this thread recommending Bit Defender (or Avast or Trend Micro Internet Security) AND MalwareBytes to be running simultaneously?
    b) How should I choose between the different AV suites? Can anyone recommend a good quality, genuinely impartial expert review of my options?

    I dont really want to spend ANY money on AV, but if pushed I suppose I would go up to c. $50/year if there was a clear an unabiguous benefit.

    I am aware than most AV scanners seem to slow down PCs *considerably* so I would be looking for a nice tool that is light on PC 'resources' as well as being extremely reliable at catching the bad guys.

    I am pretty careful about what I open, but it just takes one mistake...

    J
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  8. #18



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    The best way to find an AV program that does what you want, scanning file directories is by testing them.
    Most free versions don't have real time, but check this AV-Comparatives for the false positive rate from last month.

    I certainly don't what to push you, just sharing my opinion
    Only what I wanted to say is try Bitdefender or kaspersky free antivirus (but forgot it).
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by axe0 View Post
    The best way to find an AV program that does what you want, scanning file directories is by testing them.
    Most free versions don't have real time, but check this AV-Comparatives for the false positive rate from last month.

    I certainly don't what to push you, just sharing my opinion
    Only what I wanted to say is try Bitdefender or kaspersky free antivirus (but forgot it).
    Another good resource is AV-TEST AWARD 2014 (av-test.org).
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  10. #20


    UK
    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)


    Cool resources - thanx
    I there a score somewhere for which real-time scanners slow your computer down LEAST?

    J
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