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Windows 7: On-Demand, non Cloud-based AV Scanner?

3 Weeks Ago   #11
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
MSE ranked well in the review you linked but not so well in others. In this one, it wasn't even ranked but a blurb appears at the very top saying not to rely on MS security tools.

This one rated Windows Defender, the supposedly better (according to MS) successor to MSE for Win 8 &10 as "meh".

MSE doesn't even make the list on other AV reviews. Defender, which is for Win 8 and Win 10, only rats slightly better than MSE used to.

Besides, MSE is a full time AV, not an on demand scanner, even though you can do manual scans with it. For an on demand scanner only, Malwarebytes free is your best bet.

Also, all AV programs and AV scanners rely on virus definitions downloaded via the internet. It's the only way they can reasonably accurately identify viruses and other malware and those definitions need to be frequently updated.
Malwarebytes doesn't market their free (OD) program as an AV replacement and it doesn't incorporate virus signatures. The paid version is a good program, but I'm not looking for an active product.

Also, yes the MSE discussion is tangential, and you may have a point, but still the review I posted is from a very reputable tester afaik.

Open to recommendations for good on-demand AV scanners that don't automatically upload user files.


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3 Weeks Ago   #12
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

When you said "thorough (incl. rootkit/boot-time scan) scanning capabilities", I was advising what would be the best for that type of scan. For thorough scanning, there's nothing better than a scan which runs outside of Windows, so that it can thoroughly scan every aspect of Windows. That's why I recommended your using a pre-Windows scanner.

However, for normal anti-virus usage, you should get something other than a pre-Windows scanner. A pre-Windows scanner is good only for a thorough scan and clean of your hard drive; it is not good for actively monitoring things while you are surfing the web or performing other normal tasks.

Trend Micro offers both products, as well as a free manual scanner called House Call; and Trend Micro is highly-rated, good quality software. So I recommend that you go with Trend Micro for all of your anti-virus needs.
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