1. You are on a computer where you do not have administrative rights to install antivirus software. But you need to scan for malware, and
2. You want to double-check your system (or just a single downloaded file) for potential security threats by running it through a spyware scan.
I can give you a few more backdrops of security threats we face in our everyday use of computers, but let these two show you the importance of having a good alternative security solution at hand. That alternative could be the F-Secure Online Scanner.
The free online scanner runs within your web browser, so you don’t run the risk of conflicts with other security systems on your PC.
The F-Secure Online Scanner gives you three scan modes.
Of the three, I often like to use the My Scan mode to quickly scan any suspicious files I might have downloaded by mistake. Clicking on ShowOptions gives you a few more choices to select. As the screen shows, F-Secure Online Scanner can also scan inside compressed files, and more importantly – you can enable it to detect malware exploits via rootkits.
The only hitch with an online scanner is in the time it takes the F-Secure Scanner to download some necessary files from the internet. You might have to twiddle your thumbs if your net speed is a turtle.
But once the scan is through, the application displays a summary targeting the harmful files. These files can be deleted from the system and send to F-Secure as a sample. There! You now have a clean system as well as some peace of mind.. at least till the next malware strike.
Online scanners like F-Secure are the not an umbrella solution, but just another ace you should have up your sleeve. You can never be too careful when it comes to online security threats.