With the internet maturing at a very fast pace, many antivirus developers are moving to the cloud. With fast broadband speeds at every home and remote servers over the cloud, scanning and cleaning viruses is getting more faster and easier than before. In July we mentioned about Panda Cloud Antivirus, since then lots of other cloud antivirus software have emerged including BitDefender Quick Scan and some others.
The latest to follow suit is Trend Micro HouseCall 7. Unlike Panda cloud antivirus, it requires no installation at all and is totally portable. When run, it checks for the latest update and then loads the program instantly. It is simple and requires no configuration is all. Just hit Start to begin the scan, wait for a few minutes for the scan to complete and you will see the final result in the end. If a virus is detected, it will be cleaned/removed automatically.
Note: Since there is still a long way to go in the cloud antivirus field, almost all antivirus that are released today are in Beta. Trend Micro HousCall 7 is no different, at the moment the version is in public beta.
It took a total of 7 minutes to complete the scan on my side. If you want to check information about previous scans and the files that were infected by virus, Previous Scans tab has all the information. There is also a button to Restore the files that were infected.
Overall, it is just another cloud antivirus at the moment. We wouldn’t know which cloud antivirus is the best unless they come out of beta and we pit them all against each other. But this one is certainly useful if you want to travel and carry a dead-simple antivirus with you.
It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Also check out previously mentioned Panda Cloud Antivirus. Enjoy!