Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

The Advantages and the Drawbacks of Using Free Online Virus Scanner

Deanie Canales
 


Visitors: 214

Because of the increasing demand of online scan for virus attacking our computers, the developers of free antivirus program has made many improvements in the aim to make these online software easy and simple to use as possible. There is no need for difficult navigation, you can do it in only a few simple mouse clicks.

These various scan virus online free products are standalone programs that usually run on the same engine. From time to time, the developers create new features and applications that will make it different from other competitors and get ahead of the competition. There are features that allow the user to determine the scan time and detection rate, remove detected viruses, and scan for signature database of smaller size, rootkits and spyware scanning. There are many others that have become popular to users.

But, what we need to understand is that the online scan for virus is somehow different from the antivirus software we install and use on our PCs. Of course, there are benefits that it provides however, there are also drawbacks that go with it.

The Pros – the good things about Online Free Virus Scan

  • Everything is for free.
  • Each time you are going to do scanning, you can be sure that you are running on the most updated virus threat database as compiled by the developers.
  • Many options of virus scanner products. Most of the time, antivirus installed in PC can only be one but with online scanner, you may try any product you like.
  • There will be times that the standalone product you downloaded to the PC is infected by malware. When this happens, you are sometimes not permitted to uninstall and reinstall again since there are viruses that are smart enough to prevent this. This leaves the online virus scan the only option.
  • Because it is online, it does not use up any of your window registry space and does not do any changes on your configuration.

The Cons – some disadvantages you may encounter

  • Since it is online, it needs very good internet connection. Once the internet slows down, it is ineffective.
  • When it comes to proactive scanning, you can only get this feature from standalone virus scanners. Online software will not shield your PC from potential threats. It can only detect virus and remove them but not see potential threats. After scanning, there is a possibility of being infected again.
  • There are other viruses residing inside the PC that do not allow online virus scanner into the hard drive thus the detection is not complete.
  • What usually happens is that the online scanner found less malware as compared with that of the stand alone scan virus online free .
  • You need to be using Internet Explorer with ActiveX to run most of the online scanners.

In conclusion, it is advisable to use online scanners but not all the time, just to make sure safe and secure online scan for virus . Better test these two types so you can see for yourself.

(559)
Tags:

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
Virtual Assistance from Free Online Classified Ads and their Advantages
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

What Are the Advantages and Drawbacks of Cable TV and High-Speed Internet

by: Iggy Paraphrast (October 22, 2010) 
(Communications/Satellite TV)

Free Virus Scan How to Tell If Your Computer is Infected With a Virus

by: Paul Elms (August 01, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Pros and Cons of Free Online Virus Scan Services

by: Alberta Glamerheim (March 28, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Personal Tech)

Free Spyware Scanner

by: Markus Sampson (December 27, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Free Malware Remover Command Line Scanner

by: Alberta Glamerheim (July 05, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Advantages of a Comprehensive Virus Scan

by: Carl Robinson (July 05, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Free Reverse Search Phone Numbers 3 Drawbacks

by: Roger Phillips (July 21, 2008) 
(Communications)

Watch Free TV Online Advantages

by: Rich Escribar (June 25, 2008) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Movies TV)

Free Registry Scanner Software Finds Hidden Computer Errors

by: James Daystone (July 19, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Virtual Assistance from Free Online Classified Ads and their Advantages

by: Sonia Sharma (September 20, 2011) 
(Business/Advertising)