Enough Said, No Virus Please
Article by George Norman
On 04 Nov 2008
Did you ever receive or download a suspicious looking file, only to discover that it was indeed plagued with malware that infected your machine? I know that I get quite a lot of software applications to test, and not always from trustworthy origins. If you are like me, you will appreciate No Virus Please, a free online scan service that will make you feel safer and will hopefully prevent you from having to deal with an infected machine.

The simple truth of the matter is that getting infected with a Trojan, virus, spyware, adware, or any other form of malware is always a possibility. Especially if you open every piece of software application that your friends send you, or forget to update your security software on a regular basis. Even an updated antivirus program may be prone to let a virus get through if said virus is so new that there is no protection against it. All a virus needs is a little window of opportunity and it will go for it like a dog to a bone.

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What exactly is No Virus Thanks and how does it work? As I have mentioned before, it is a free online scan service. This means it will scan any and all files you submit (free-of-charge) and will inform you if they are infected or if it is safe to open them. Note that using No Virus Thanks is not a viable substitute to a security software solution. It will not and cannot substitute a locally installed security software, it will just help you better fend off infection.

There are advantages and disadvantages that come with using No Virus Thanks. The advantages are that it is free, it is readily available online, and that it uses McAfee, Panda, AVG, BitDefender, and other antivirus programs to scan the files you submit. It is also a good thing that you can choose not to distribute the sample that you submit (good from a privacy point of view, of course). The disadvantage is that you can upload only a maximum of 20MB. If the file you are suspicious about is 25MB for example, you will not be able to scan it with No Virus Thanks.



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