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.
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.
22 Standalone / Portable Antivirus
Here are the complete list of all portable antivirus.
|ClamWin Portable||Open Source antivirus with high detection rates for viruses and spyware with regular virus database updates.||Windows|
|McAfee Labs Stinger||McAfee Stinger detects and removes prevalent Fake Alert malware and threats identified in the "List Viruses" section of the Stinger application.||Windows|
|McAfee GetSusp||McAfee GetSusp is intended for users who suspect undetected malware on their computer.||Windows|
|McAfee Real Protect (BETA)||Real Protect BETA is a real-time behavior detection technology that monitors suspicious activity on an endpoint. Raptor leverages machine learning and automated, behavioral-based classification in the cloud to detect zero-day malware in real time.||Windows|
|McAfee RootkitRemover||McAfee Rootkit Remover is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove complex rootkits and associated malware.||Windows|
|Kaspersky Security Scan||Scans PC and files for malware. Gives cloud-based information about new and emerging threats||Windows|
|Norton Power Eraser||Eliminates deeply embedded and difficult to remove crimeware that traditional virus scanning doesn't always detect. Norton Power Eraser is specially designed to aggressively target scamware. It uses our most thorough scanning technology to eliminate threats that traditional virus scanning doesn’t always detect, so you can get your PC back.||Windows|
|Norton Security Scan||Scans your computer and lets you know if virus or malwares are present. The power and speed of Norton scan technology, available to you for FREE||Windows|
|Microsoft Safety Scanner||The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.||Windows|
|TrendMicro Housecall||Think your PC is infected?|
HouseCall can quickly identify and fix a wide range of threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware.
|Panda Cloud Cleaner||Panda Cloud Cleaner is an advanced disinfection tool that performs a deep scan based on the collective intelligence (cloud scan) to remove malware traditional antivirus programs cannot detect. If you suspect your computer has viruses, use Panda Cloud Cleaner.||Windows|
|Panda Cloud Cleaner Portable||Panda Cloud Cleaner portable version is a tool which allows you to scan computers in which, due to virus infections, executable files (.EXE) cannot be run.||Windows|
|Panda Cloud Cleaner USB scan||Panda Cloud Cleaner rescue USB drive is a tool which allows you to scan computers which, due to virus infections, will not start correctly. Please note the following considerations before you proceed with the instructions:||Windows|
|Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO||Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO is a tool which allows you to scan computers or VMWare images which, due to virus infections, will not start correctly. This disinfection tool included in the ISO is Panda Cloud Cleaner.||Windows|
|AVG Rescue CD||Keep your systems running smoothly with protection from AVG Rescue CD. This comprehensive toolkit repairs system crashes and returns systems to operating at full capacity.||Windows|
|Avira PC Cleaner||PC Cleaner is a malware scanner that works alongside other anti-malware products. It protects PCs, laptops and netbooks running Windows XP (SP3) and above. Best of all, PC Cleaner doesn’t require installation, registration or any additional drivers.||Windows|
|GMER||GMER is an application that detects and removes rootkits, it scans for hidden processes, threads, modules, services, hooks and more.||Windows|
|Sophos Rootkit Removal||Sophos Virus Removal Tool will scan your computer and let you safely and reliably detect and remove any rootkit that might have hidden itself on your system.||Windows|
|Comodo Cleaning Essentials||Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) is a set of computer security tools designed to help users identify and remove malware and unsafe processes from infected computers.||Windows|
|Emsisoft Emergency Kit||The Emsisoft Emergency Kit contains a collection of programs that can be used without installation to scan for malware and clean infected computers.||Windows|
|Spybot - Search & Destroy||Spybot - Search & Destroy® detects and removes tens of thousands of spyware and similar malware from PCs. It can also clean usage tracks and fix registry issues. Spybot is freeware for personal use. Many cleaning and immunization features require admin rights, which will be requested on launch.||Windows|
|VIPRE Rescue||VIPRE Rescue uses our latest engine versions (so rootkit scanning should now also work on 64-bit systems). It also has the ability to do custom scans as well as unquarantine items. Here's a brief overview of some of the most recent changes to VIPRE Rescue.||Windows|
Based on my own personal experience, I prefer McAfee Stinger by Intel Security 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.
What to Look for in an Antivirus Software
Here is a quick guide on how to buy your next antivirus software.