Complete List of 9 Free Standalone Antivirus Scanner

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In view with the latest Java security, it is a good idea to perform a quick security check on your computer. McAfee Stinger is my all time favorite standalone antivirus.

Also known as portable antivirus or USB antivirus, these antiviruses are ready to scan any files without the need to install onto the system. The reason for such a program is the need to a second opinion if one suspects that his or her primary antivirus is tempered with by a malware.

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Pro and Con of Portable Antivirus

Portable standalone antivirus needs to be updated regularly; some antivirus allows you to download the database, while other requires you to download the entire software. Some standalone antivirus are not updated frequently, thus it might not be able to detect the latest malware.

Name
Initial Size
Database Update
ClamWin Portable8MBNovember 2011
McAfee Labs Stinger7MBDaily
Kaspersky Security Scan117MBDaily
Norton Security Scan-Online/Cloud
Microsoft Safety Scanner68MBWeekly
TrendMicro Housecall2.3MBDaily
Panda ActiveScan-Online/Cloud
AVG Rescue CD77MBBi-Weekly
Avira PC Cleaner2.2MB-

As you can see from the table itself, ClamWin Portable and Avira AntiVir Removal Tool appear to be outdated. Based on my own personal experience, I prefer McAfee Stinger due to the speed and size, HouseCall is good too; Kaspersky Security Scan is reasonably good too. I am not a fan of Norton Security Scan or Panda ActiveScan because they require the installation of plug-in or activeX onto your browser.

Top 3 Standalone Antivirus

Here are my top 3 favorite standalone antivirus, they are McAfee Stinger, Kaspersky Security Scan and Avira PC Cleaner.

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What to Look for in an Antivirus Software

Here is a quick guide on how to buy your next antivirus software.

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8 comments on “Complete List of 9 Free Standalone Antivirus Scanner

  1. Jimmy April 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Is there any standalone antivirus other than stinger ?

  2. Zeti April 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    What is the Best Free Online Antivirus Scanner

    • microsoft April 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      free portable antivirus from Microsoft

  3. Anand Khanse April 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Offline antivirus tool Free Standalone On demand Antivirus Scanners for Windows 8

  4. Omkar Phatak April 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

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  6. Melanie Pinola April 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool

  7. Amazon April 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Is there a good standalone antivirus scanner that I can use ???

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