What are the best online virus scanners?

If you're online most of the time, you should be wary of malware lurking throughout the interwebs. It's always a good idea to use a to back up your computer's security system. We found some of the top-rated scanners online. Let other users know which ones worked, or add your favorite to the list.

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    #1ESET Online Scanner

    ESET Online Scanner

    ESET Online Scanner is a malware detection and removal program for Windows computers. Users can download this virus scanner for free, and run it from any browser. 15MB disk space and 32MB memory is needed for this online virus scanner.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Walter Brewer
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "It's not truly an online virus scan because you have to download the program to run it. I use it alongside my antivirus software to make sure my PC is secure. Doesn't hurt to be extra safe, right?"
  2. 15

    #2VirusTotal

    VirusTotal

    VirusTotal is a free online file virus scanner. From your browser, you can check a file on your computer or a suspicious URL, IP address, domain or file hash. Aside from detecting malicious content, this tool also identifies false positives.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Andy Zhu
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "For a free online file virus scanner, this is pretty reliable. I don't like to install another program similar to my current antivirus, so I just use this online tool. I've scanned files as big as 200MB with this - no problem."
  3. 10

    #3MetaDefender Cloud

    MetaDefender Cloud

    MetaDefender Cloud is free online virus scan tool by OPSWAT. Users can drag and drop any file to check for malware. It also allows checking of URLs, IP addresses, CVEs, domain names, and file hashes. A Google Chrome extension is also available.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Hemant Malhotra
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "All online virus scanners should be as easy to use as MetaDefender Cloud. Just drag and drop! Kudos to OPSWAT for creating this resource"
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    #4BullGuard Internet Security

    BullGuard Internet Security

    BullGuard Internet Security is an online security program. Users can get the 60-day trial version for free from the company's website. After the trial period, users can get the full version which runs on Windows, Mac, and Android.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    $59.95- Free trial available

    Micky Yu
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "After trying out the free version, I'm now convinced that BullGuard offers the best online virus scan for Mac or PC. Will get the full version, definitely!"
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    #5Panda Cloud Cleaner

    Panda Cloud Cleaner

    Panda Cloud Cleaner is a free malware disinfector based on Collective Intelligence. It scans in-the-cloud to detect threats that traditional security solutions cannot. Run it on your PC using Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Xiang Qiao
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "Panda Cloud Cleaner is very easy to use. Very effective for malware protection. You just need to be careful when cleaning scanned threats, as you might delete a lighit software you don't want to actually remove from your PC."
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    #6F-Secure Online Scanner

    F-Secure Online Scanner

    F-Secure Online Scanner is a malware protection program that is free to run and use. It can be used with any existing security software you have. Downloading this online virus scanner will not leave anything on your computer.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Joseph Barrett
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "F-Secure Online Scanner is the easiest to use among all online virus scanners available. It doesn't have that much options, but that's just the beauty of it. I'd say the best online virus scan for MAC and PC"
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    #7Jotti's Malware Scan

    Jotti's Malware Scan

    Jotti's Malware Scan is a free online virus scan and hash search tool. It scans files using several antivirus programs, including ESET, Trend Micro and F-Secure. Up to five files can be scanned at the same time, with a limit of 250MB per file.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Abhinav Subramanium
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "Jotti's Malware Scan is definitely one of the best free online virus scanners. Since it's free, there are ads on the site that some people might find distracting. I don't mind them, though. "
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    #8Trend Micro HouseCall

    Trend Micro HouseCall

    Trend Micro HouseCall is a free online virus scan program available in Windows, Mac, and Android platforms. This standalone scanner is browser-independent and can work alongside existing security suites. Custom scan options are also available.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Ryan Contreras
    Written on May 8, 2019
    "HouseCall's custom scan option is the main reason I consider it the best online virus scan system for PC. I also use it on my android phone. Link on their website will lead to their Mobile Security app on Google Play"

Summary

Best What are the best online virus scanners
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ESET Online ScannerSoftware 17 Free
2VirusTotalOnline Tools 15 Free
3MetaDefender CloudOnline Tools 10 Free
4BullGuard Internet SecuritySoftware 4 Paid
5Panda Cloud CleanerSoftware 3 Free
6F-Secure Online ScannerSoftware 3 Free
7Jotti's Malware ScanOnline Tools 1 Free
8Trend Micro HouseCallSoftware 1 Free
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