The Top 10 Free Online Antivirus Scanners Of 2009

the top 10 free online virus scanners 2009

Online virus scanners are a good means of detecting malware on your system and they can be employed if your regular security software is not working, i.e. because some infection is blocking it.

They are not, however, a good substitute for actually having a good antivirus program installed locally on your computer.

I’ve already compiled lists of what I believe to be the best 10 free antivirus and the top 10 paid antivirus programs of the year.

Here is the final piece of the puzzle, the best of the online virus scanners.

The Top 10 Free Online Virus Scanners Of 2009

top 10 online virus scanners


From the BitDefender site –

  • Very fast scanning. Less than 60 seconds
  • Runs online from any Internet connected PC
  • Doesn’t slow down your PC
  • Based on award wining BitDefender anti-malware technologies

This particular scanner only detects viruses, it doesn’t remove them.

You can find this virus scanner here : BitDefender Quickscan


F-Secure’s free Online virus scanner can not only detect viruses and trojans but it can also remove them

It can also take care of spyware too.

This particular scanner works on Internet Explorer 6 or newer (with ActiveX and Javascript enabled) or, alternatively, on the Firefox 3 browser.

You can find this virus scanner here : F-Secure Online Virus Scanner


FortiGuard Center can only detect viruses and is not suitable for removing them.

FortiGuard can be used to scan the files that are on your computer and you also have the option of submitting multiple files to their research labs for analysis.

One point to note though is that you can only check one file at a time and there is a file size limit of 1MB.

You can find this virus scanner here : FortiGuard Online Virus Scanner


Jotti utilises results from several different scanners to inform you of any infections you may have on your system.

This particular scan is good for detection purposes but cannot be used for removing malware.

You can find this virus scanner here : Jotti Malware Scan


Kaspersky are a well known member of the antivirus market and they too offer a free online virus scanning tool.

Again, this one is only good for detection and not removal but their scanner is much quicker and more efficient than some of the alternatives.

You can set the Kaspersky online virus scanner to trawl through individual files, folders or even entire drives on your computer.

You can find this virus scanner here : Kaspersky Free Online Virus Scan (temporarily unavailable at the time of writing)

Thanks to Corrine for pointing me in the direction of a working link :KAV online.


Panda Active Scan is another free tool that you can use for detecting and eliminating viruses from your computer.

Not only can it scan your files but it can scan you email too.

It installs as an ActiveX control in your Web browser (Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher).

This offering from Panda offers virus removal as well as detection abilities.


Trend Micro’s Housecall is also capable of cleaning infected files.

This virus scanner is able to detect and remove the most common viruses, though it may be less effective with Trojans and some of the other more obscure types of infection.

You can find this virus scanner here : Trend Micro HouseCall


The eighth offering in this list comes from who have a free online scanning service that can check uploaded files for a variety of security issues including viruses, spyware, trojans, backdoors and many other types of malware.

There is a file size limit of  10MB but any type of file can be uploaded and checked.

One thing to note, however, is that this scanner only offers detection of malware.

You can find this virus scanner here : VirSCAN Free Online Scan


You can upload single files to VirusTotal which will then quickly scan for viruses, worms, trojans and many other types of malware.

With VirusTotal you have a 5MB limit on the files you can upload.

Files that have been uploaded can then be scanned with a large number of well-known virus scanners and results from each are then displayed.

Again, detection only with this one.

You can find this virus scanner here : VirusTotal Online Scanning Service


Number ten in the list won’t be here for long as Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner is making way for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

This scanner is good at detecting the more common viruses but only works in conjunction with Internet Explorer.

Also, it is only able to detect viruses, it cannot remove them.

You can find this virus scanner here : Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner (now being being replaced by Microsoft Security Essentials)

Also, whilst you are here, why not check out my favourite ten internet security programs of the year.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Many inaccuracies in this FAQ, for example:
    #10, there has been no announcement from Microsoft that the OneCare Safety Scanner is being replaced by some MSE labeled version of an Online Scanner…
    The current Safety Scanner works with IE and FireFox (provided the the IE Tab extension to FireFox is installed.)
    The current Safety Scanner has always been capable of removal as well as detection.
    It’s true that the Subscription version of OneCare is being replaced by MSE. However, the free OneCare Safety Scanner is not the same code as the subscription app, nor has any announcement of of a replacement been made.


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