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where can I go online to have a complete anti-malware and anti-virus scan done for free?

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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

          I am wondering if there are any online sites which will carry out complete anti-malware and anti-virus scans and remove detected threats for free.  

          Any suggested link or links in response to my question will be greatly appreciated.

          Thank you

          George
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Question by:GMartin
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by:John Hurst
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Kaspersky and Symantec will both do free scans. I am sure there are others, but those two I have seen.
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by:GMartin
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Hi John,

          Thank you for your suggestion.  As a follow up, would you mind providing direct links to their free scanning services?

          George
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For Symantec, you can go here:  http://us.norton.com/downloads/  and get a free trial for scanning. There are more free tools on this page http://us.norton.com/free-tools-trial/promo

Kaspersky works the same way.

You can go to Malwarebytes,org and get a free use copy of Malwarebytes.
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by:rindi
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For antimalware, the best is malwarebytes:

http://malwarebytes.org.

As for Antivirus, I would install Panda free antivirus, provided you are using the PC privately and not in a business.

http://pandasecurity.com
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by:bigeven2002
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Trend micro also offers housecall which is a free scan that downloads a lightweight agent to do the scan.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I recommend you install Avast anti-virus.  Do you not have an anti-virus program installed on your computer?  Avast does 'real time' scanning, an online service can't do that.  http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
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by:btan
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Try virustotal if you have the sample of the suspected files or your machine is accessible via a Url in Internet.

https://www.virustotal.com

Another is Bitdefender

http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Virustotal.com +

Kaspersky is currently highest rated AV, even though I prefer MBAM.
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by:dhsindy
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Most sites will run a free scan but you have to get the program for removal.

Beware of malware that offers free removal.
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by:btan
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may also want to check out zemana antimalware
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/zemana-antimalware/
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by:GMartin
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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

            Thank you so very much for your comprehensive list of anti-malware and anti-virus tools along with their respective links.  I have bookmarked these for future use.

             George
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Thanks for the update and you are very welcome.
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