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Trend Micro HouseCall 7 – Free Online Antivirus

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.

Trend Micro HouseCall

Trend Micro HouseCall Scanning

Trend Micro HouseCall Antivirus

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.

Trend Micro HouseCall Viruses

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.

Download Trend Micro HouseCall 7

It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Also check out previously mentioned Panda Cloud Antivirus. Enjoy!

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  • AMovieFreak

    It might be time to educate yourself, because computer security is really under the gun.

    Just a note to say that the right combination of actions/available services online has (hopefully) eliminated a neighborhood hacker that has been in my system for YEARS. NOT a geek here, but I started learning. (Knocking on wood here….). Here’s how I did it:

    Did full system recovery (sigh..)
    Massively edited services disabling according to speedyvista.com (even tho I have XP..just followed common sense as to unnecessary services to disable)
    Edited group policy to disable terminal services & remote access, prohibit firewall from configuring open port to “authenticated user”

    (whew & WHOA! took a LOT of thinking, error correction, etc to understand this….quite a learning curve there… be careful)
    Used “Uninstall ALL” tools googled for them) to eliminate forced programs that came with my computer (AOL, MCAfee–hate it– Napster (don’t need) and Roxio (conflicts with AVG)
    Installed Revo Uninstaller to make sure all vestiges were deleted (great tool)
    Installed AVG AV without firewall
    Edited via msconfig -startups, services, etc. Had a problem stopping Terminal Services (the sharing function) and had to do an end run via this function to stop it.
    oh yeah, first off reconfigured Windows Firewall to allow NO exceptions
    & disabled remote access via right-click on computer/properties/uncheck it
    and ran TrendMicro Housecall online: first the quick check and secondly the full run)
    VOILA! Discovered 3 rootkits, eliminated them (thank you TM!)
    Running MUCH faster, no more mysterious “restore” editing and backups that I didn’t initiate, no more “odd” events in the log saying “connection succeeded” and long log texts talking about “grabbing mutex, stealthing, disabling this and that…etc…which were bewildering and pising me off)
    and I don’t feel I’m being “monitored” at least that I can tell.

    I don’t know if, in fact, I have covered ALL the bases, but I *do* run TM Housecall regularly, update AVG (which also found a rootkit) and I check regularly to make sure my firewall is running as configured. I tried almost every firewall & AV out there, paid and unpaid, to no avail. Each time they would run fine, then falter, become disabled or unstable, then be “shells” doing nothing and finding nothing…the hacker seemed to reconfigure them and reconnect.

    How did the hacker get in? I think via my blissful ignorance re: wireless security. I have defaulted to my desktop since my notebook was rendered (temporarily) useless, now going to have to be repaired (my new DVD/CD drive was somehow rendered unstable, can’t read recovery CD).
    If you are wireless, BEST to educate yourself and man- (or in my case woman-)UP and start learning about security.
    If *I* can do it, ANYONE can.
    Of course I’m about a year behind on housekeeping…

  • Will

    When did Trend Housecall start requiring a download?