Links to free anti-virus tools, trojan and worm removers.
“Using real viruses for testing in the real world is rather like setting fire to the dustbin in your office to see whether the smoke detector is working. Such a test will give meaningful results, but with unappealing, unacceptable risks.” Back to Top
Download your initial AntiVir® install and free for personal use license key by clicking this link.
From the Grisoft website: We decided to use our 10-years of experience and knowledge of computer security to develop quite new technologies for detection of computer viruses. We integrated all our efforts and AVG 6.0 Anti-Virus System now brings two unique solutions - AVG Active Modular Core and AVG Virus Stalker. Both represents the significant enhancement of detection of computer viruses. Back to Top
McAfee AVERT Stinger
"Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system."
Anti-virus Software Uninstallation instructions for McAfee, Dr Solomon's AVTK, Symantec Norton Anti-Virus and Trend.
Malware removal tools from BitDefender for variants of Beagle (Bagle), Netsky, Sober, MyDoom (incl. Novarg), Mimail and Welchia.
Computer virus prevention: a primer from Sophos (direct download of .pdf file)
Virus Avoidance Advice by Dave Burton. Discusses defence and precautions that can be taken to avoid virus attacks.
There are a number of online scanners available. Some are listed here. Your first preference should be to download and install a virus checker and use the online services as a last resort. The Command on Demand site asks you to register yourself and your friends for spam.
A comprehensive list of removal tools for trojans, viruses and Worms! Worms! Worms! at virusall.com
Command on Demand "is an on-demand anti-virus scanner for web users that provides the latest technology for preventing the spread of computer viruses. Command on Demand (COD) is easy to use. Just select a file or folder and click scan to detect and disinfect any virus-infected file."
Trend Micro HouseCall "No personal files from your computer are ever sent back to our server. All virus tracking information is anonymous. We do not log IP addresses or collect any personal information about individual users in the Virus Map database. The email address you submitted for receiving security alerts is stored in a separate database."
Symantec Virus Detection "checks for known viruses and Trojan horses, including top threats identified by Symantec Security Response. Virus Detection provides an analysis of your results and offers suggestions for further action. It does not examine compressed files or fix infected files."
BitDefender Scan Online "is a fully functional antivirus product, with a web-based interface and featuring all required elements for remotely antivirus scanning and cleaning: it scans system's memory, all files, folders and drives' boot sector, providing the user with the option to automatically clean the infected files."
Kaspersky "Online virus checker gives the possibility to check your files quickly and free of charge. You indicate the file to be checked, this file is uploaded from your computer to the "sanitary" server where it is scanned by the top-rated anti-virus program, Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Even the most recent viruses won't be missed as anti-virus databases are updated daily."
Associates Virus Information Center
"serves as a rich, up-to-the-minute resource, containing detailed
information on viruses, worms, Trojans, and hoaxes, as well as valuable
documentation on the implementation of comprehensive antivirus protection.
CAs eTrust Threat Analysis and Response Global Emergency Team (TARGET)
monitor around-the-clock to defend against the damaging effects a virus
outbreak could cause."