Review of the Eset Online Scanner

A few days ago, I installed Microsoft Security Essentials on my new netbook. It is doing it’s job quite well so far. In fact, it caught an intrusion from some questionable software (my bad) that I was trying out.

Today I decided to get an additional opinion from Eset Online Scanner. I trust the Eset name, since their antivirus solutions have been a gold standard in security for many years. Eset’s online software uses the same AV engines and signatures as it’s flag-ship products, ESET Smart Security and NOD32. It promises to work on any Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista or 7 systems. In addition, it will run directly inside of Internet Explorer 5 or greater (using ActiveX), and you can also run it from a downloaded Smart Installerif you aren’t using Internet Explorer.

After the ActiveX or the Smart Installer finishes, Eset will start downloading it’s signature database.

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Next, you’ll be able to actually tweak your scan with a few settings. The settings will even allow you to change the areas that ESET will scan on your hard drive.

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Now ESET gets down to the dirty job of actually scanning the PC. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t take much more that 15 minutes before it finished.

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And finally, you will reach the results screen. Hopefully, you’ll get the same message that I did.

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If ESET’s online scanner does detect some suspected malware, it actually won’t automatically delete the files. Instead, they are put in quarantine and you’ll be allowed to either restore the files or delete them.

ESET Online Scanner page

http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 Having a second opinion on your system’s security is almost priceless, and in this case, it’s almost painless. I can highly recommend ESET Online Scanner. I found no faults with the scanner, but if it were up to me, I’d get rid of the ActiveX install. It’s not needed and it’s extra work supporting it. I think I could also recommend that you download the Smart Installer and drop it on a flash drive, just before you make a house call to fix up your friend’s sick computer.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Free Download Promotion – DefenseWall HIPS from SoftSphere

JumpStart: Go to the promotion page at GizMo’s to get the full featured free download of DefenseWall HIPS from SoftSphere.

SoftSphere, the makers of the highly regarded DefenseWall HIPS are offering a free copy of DefenseWall exclusively to Gizmo’s Freeware readers. The offer is available for a three day period starting from 2.00 PM Pacific Standard Time, Thursday 10 December and ending at 2.00 PM Sunday 13 December.

In case, you are not sure about the effectiveness of DefenseWall, please note that it has been given good ratings in the tests performed at AV-Comparatives, the independent agency to perform tests on antivirus and security software.

About DefenseWall HIPS:

Firewalls control your network activity, antivirus protects you only from known malicious modules. But their writers modify those modules so quickly, that anti-viruses are unable to detect them untill you will be infected with it.

But DefenseWall HIPS uses whitelists and blacklists to control the privileges of the programs that run on your PC. By reducing the privileges of Internet-facing and other vulnerable programs it very effectively prevents the installation of malware. Because it is not signature-based it is effective in preventing zero-day threats.

Remember, you cannot rely upon one single protection mechanism for all your Internet Security needs.

[This is a guest post from Silki Garg. You will sure find her latest posts on Portable Encryption Apps and Antivirus Software Uninstaller to be interesting reads.]

Free Kaspersky 2010 Internet Security License for 6 Months [Software Deals]

Kaspersky is giving away a free license for 6 months of Kaspersky 2010 Internet Security in partnership with MSN China. To get your free license, visit this page and click on the Orange button and sign in with your Windows Live mail id.

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Sorry, but my Chinese is a bit weak, so I won’t be able to translate whatever is written on the page :-). And yes this will only work with the Chinese version of Kapsersky, which you can download here. Now don’t forget to brush up on your Chinese, if you want to use this for free :-). Also, don’t forget to copy the license key from the confirmation screen, as this will not be emailed out to you. Thanks Pranjal.