Pay Only For What You Need

Posted on July 12, 2012

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Paying for antivirus subscriptions is just like paying taxes in Canada. If you never get sick, you still have to pay taxes to contribute to the healthcare program. This works the same way with antiviruses. For some that use their computer safely and take minimal risks, the chances of getting a virus, malware, and other threats are pretty low. So why pay for a subscription if you’re never going to have to remove a deadly threat? Luckily, there are free alternatives available.

Comodo Internet Security 6

This is free and it has you covered for all threats. The concept is pretty simple. The Comodo Internet Security Premium (Free Edition) and the Professional (Paid Edition) both have the same features. You are not missing out on features such as firewall protection, sandboxing, scanning, or anything else. The only difference is that you will be able to receive assistance if needed. Rather than going for the paid edition, start off with the free edition. When you run into a threat and need a professional to look it over, then call up their GeekBuddy client and they will remove the threat and tune up your PC for a fee. If you don’t encounter any threats, then you are not obliged to pay for a monthly or annual subscription. Like the title says, you only pay for what you need.

Hitman Pro by SurfRight

Sounds intimidating, but its probably your best friend. This utility is very light weight and does not have to be installed. Just unpack it and it is ready to be used. This is a cloud based scanner and all suspicious files are uploading to their site for analysis. When I last checked, all suspicious files are scanned by four different antiviruses. Once again, if needed, they will prompt you to pay for their professional removal assistance.

HouseCall Trend Micro

This is a free solution offered by Trend Micro to promote their other products. This is pretty straightforward. There are two download options, a 32 bit and 64 bit scanner. Choose the one that is compatible with your system. According to their site:

“HouseCall is Trend Micro’s highly popular and capable on-demand antivirus software scanner for identifying and removing viruses, trojans, worms, unwanted browser plugins, and other malware software.

It features an intuitive interface and the ability to perform fast scans that target critical system areas and active malware. It also leverages the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network™ to help ensure that scans catch the latest threats.

What’s new in HouseCall?

  • Full system and custom scan options allow users to specify which folders to scan
  • Quick scan option offers targeted scanning of critical system areas and active threats, reducing scan times to within a few minutes
  • Stand-alone, browser-independent implementation eliminates compatibility issues associated with browser-activated scanners
  • Smart Scan technology references threat intelligence in the cloud, delivering the latest protection while reducing download times
  • Smart Feedback shares threat information with the Smart Protection Network, which correlates data from a global intelligence network to quickly discover new threats
  • Review and Restore functionality lets you check and compare scan results and recover files
  • Enhanced detection and cleanup addresses rootkits and other sophisticated threats

Note to Trend Micro Internet Security Users: Trend Micro Internet Security includes all the functionality of HouseCall, plus automatic virus updates (HouseCall does not offer automatic updates), personal firewall, spyware detection and removal, spam blocking, protection against identity theft, and wi-fi network protection.”

So far, looks pretty good to me.

Bitdefender Online QuickScan

Unfortunately, your browser must be opened for this one and you will need a fast internet connection. Otherwise, you will suffer through the slow uploads of suspicious files. According to their site, this scanner can only detect currently active viruses and threats. This is just a minor complication and shouldn’t have a huge emphasis placed on it. After all, when a virus does infect your system, chances are it will start working on destroying your system right away. It doesn’t exactly decide to take a nap and get to work when it feels like it.

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