Norton Security Scan is a free antivirus tool provided by Symantec, the makers of Norton Anti Virus line of software products. Norton Security Scan provides on-demand scanning (must be manually run) and removal or repair of Viruses, Trojan horses and Hack tools like keyloggers, etc.
- Free Anti-virus: Norton Security Scan
- Free Anti-spyware: Spyware Doctor Starter Edition
- Use them without Google Pack
Norton Security Scan utilizes the Symantec virus definitions to identify threats. The virus definitions are updated automatically when the compter is connected to the Internet. One can also use the scheduler function to run Norton Security Scan once or more times per week, at a time that is convenient for you. It will not conflict with other security software that is already installed in your system.
Norton Security Scan detects, removes, and repairs only the security risks that are already on your computer. It is not a replacement for continuous, real-time protection from emerging security risks. It also does not resolve security risks associated with Spyware, Adware, Trackware and Rootkits.
If you are looking for a full fledged free anti-virus solution that provides real-time protection in addition to on-demand scanning I would recommend one of the three from AVG Free, avast! 4 Home Edition – FREE and Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus.
Spyware Doctor Starter Edition is a light weight and speedy free anti-spyware that can run complete spyware scans on your system. Unlike the trial version it removes existing spyware infections and tracking cookies.
Spyware Doctor Starter Edition can scan alternative data streams, archives and for rootkits. It can be set to create a System restore point in compatible Windows versions before malware removal. You can also instruct it to quarantine the identified malware files for later action.
This version has two intelliGuards -real time protection components- enabled. They are File Guard “Monitors your system for any malicious files and prevents them from being accessed. Also blocks attempts to open unsafe attachments in Microsoft Outlook and other email clients.” and Immunizer Guard which “protects your system against any new malicious ActiveX while you are surfing the internet”.
Both of them are part of the Google Pack. While Spyware Doctor Starter Edition is available at Download.com, Norton Security Scan is only available as part of the Google Pack. Google lets you pick and choose the applications to install. But do you really need to have the google pack installed to enjoy those free editions? It seems NO as Google and the software providers, in this case Symantec and PCtools do not explicitly state anything to the contrary. In fact both these software run and update just fine even if the Google Pack integrator is uninstalled.
- Go to http://pack.google.com, place a checkmark only on Spyware Doctor Starter Edition and Norton Security Scan.
- Agree to the license terms.
- Save and run the Google Updater.exe.
- Let the Google Updater.exe download and install Spyware Doctor Starter Edition and Norton Security Scan.
- Uninstall Google Updater from the Start Menu or through the control panel.
Though both Norton Security Scan and Spyware Doctor Starter Edition lack many of the real-time protection features of the full paid versions, they might come in handy when seeking a second opinion on the findings of your primary software or just as an additional top of the line on-demand scanner.
Another scenario where they might be useful is when malware prevents scanning with your existing software. Both of them generally run without any problem alongside other security software. In this situation two is better than one, right?