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BitDefender Online Scanner - be very careful with this one

Posted by ClifNotes, May 2008, permalink Anti-Virus Tools


I tried this online scanner on a whim, just to see how well it worked. I works too good. BitDefender's online scanner requires that you use Internet Explorer and downloads to your PC as an ActiveX application. I don't like ActiveX and I don't like being forced to switch browsers.


The scanner didn't take long to load and I didn't see any settings options pop up. After it scanned for a few minutes, I suddenly saw that it had deleted three files off my system. Wait a minute! I didn't tell it to delete any files!


I quickly stopped the application and checked to see what files it had deleted. From what I could tell, the files it deleted were not even infected files. I think these were false positives, but I can't prove it. After all, the files are gone now.


I checked previous reviews from other people who had tried this app before and they showed that the scanner had options allowing you to choose the files to be scanned and also options to notify before the scanner deletes any files. Either the scanner has changed or there is something different about my computer that made it skip offering me any options.


I cannot recommend this service. If you do decide to use it, be very careful with this one.


Quote from the website

Scan your PC for free

BitDefender Online Scanner is an on-demand virus scanner which incorporates the award-winning BitDefender scanning engines. You can use it to scan your system's memory, all files and drives' boot sectors, and to automatically clean infected files.