CyberNotes
Web Browser Wednesday




We love getting our hands on some free software, and when it comes to antivirus protection there are pretty good scanners available at no cost all through your browser. Most of them do take advantage of Internet Explorer’s ActiveX technology, and for that reason you must be using IE. Aside from that these scanners look wimpy on the exterior, but boy can they can dig up some dirty viruses on your computer.

We grabbed six of our favorite free online virus scanners and listed them out below with the best ones first. They’re not ranked by anything technical like virus detection rate, we just did it by how easy it was to setup and how good their reputation is for their desktop counterparts.

–NOD32–

  • Website: ESET Online Scanner
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 5 or better
  • Operating System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista
  • Notes: Fast setup/scanning, and the interface looks really nice. It also includes an option to remove “unwanted applications” such as malware.
  • Screenshot (Click to Enlarge):
    ESET Online Scanner 


–Kaspersky–

  • Website: Kaspersky Online Scanner
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 6 or better
  • Operating System Requirements: N/A
  • Notes: The initial time to get it setup was quite lengthy. It had to download 16MB of virus definitions which took 15 minutes by itself. What is nice though is that you can select a specific location/file to scan.
  • Screenshot (Click to Enlarge):
    Kaspersky Online Scanner

–Trend Micro–

  • Website: Trend Micro HouseCall
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 6 or better; Firefox 2 or better
  • Operating System Requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS X
  • Notes: This is an interesting alternative since you download and run a small program that will setup your browser for scanning. I’m guessing this is necessary since it works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. You can also specify an area on your computer to scan.
  • Screenshot (Click to Enlarge):
    Trend Micro HouseCall

–BitDefender–

  • Website: BitDefender Online Scanner
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer
  • Operating System Requirements: N/A
  • Notes: This has an option to scan only certain areas on your computer, and the virus signature downloads went pretty quick.
  • Screenshot (Click to Enlarge):
    BitDefender Online Scanner

–Panda–

  • Website: Panda ActiveScan
  • Browser Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
  • Operating System Requirements: Internet Explorer 5 or better
  • Notes: This wouldn’t even let us through to scan our Vista machine since it’s not supported so we weren’t able to test it out. However, Panda is well known for providing great antivirus protection.
  • Screenshot: N/A

–Norton–

  • Website: Symantec Virus detection
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 5 or better
  • Operating System Requirements: N/A
  • Notes: Setup was pretty fast, but it lacks any configurability.
  • Screenshot (Click to Enlarge):
    Symantec Virus Detection