If you spend a lot of time on the internet, you must have seen many ads about scan your PC with online antivirus program. Have you ever tried using those online tools? I’m sure that at some point of time, you must have thought about giving them a try. If you have done that already then please scan your PC with a registered antivirus program as soon as possible but, if you haven’t made that mistake please read this blog post so you don’t commit such crime in future.
Before you go ahead and scan your PC with online antivirus program, ask the following questions to yourself first.
Are online PC scanning tools good enough?
The first question that you should ask from yourself is whether these tools are good enough or not. Hold on for a second and think, while other reputed companies are selling the license to use their antivirus programs for hundreds of dollar/ year then why are some people offering free PC scanning online? There must be something fishy right? Either their product is not good enough or they are new in the market and just want to grab the attention of users. Either way, you should avoid using such services.
Why are they offering free PC scanning?
We all know that nothing is free in this world. Even if someone is not asking you to pay for their services, they are definitely looking forward to get something from you in return. You need to figure out what is it that free online scanning programs need from you. First, they will get a hit on their website which will result in traffic increase and we all know that traffic is essential for making money online. Secondly, the tool may contain a malicious link or program that can get installed in your computer without your consent. Once installed, that tool can easily extract your personal information and give it to someone you don’t even know.
Is it a spam?
Trust me most of such tools are nothing but spam. There are a lot of people in the world who have lots and lots of free time. They spend this time doing evil things and that is the main reason why so many free things are available on the internet but you have never won a free smartphone, a tablet, a PC or an iPhone. Now ask yourself, if so much is free on the internet then why don’t you have any of that stuff? It is because most of those offers are nothing but spam.
What effects these tools can have on your PC?
The most important thing to consider about these free online antivirus tools is that, what kind of effect they can have on your PC? Obviously, you are scanning your PC with those tools because you want to get rid of viruses and Trojans. What if instead of removing viruses from your computer, those tools inject bugs in your PC? What will you do if they steal your personal information like your email IDs, Passwords, business information and personal photos?
So, before getting yourself into some kind of trouble, try to ask above questions from yourself and only use a free online tool when you have satisfactory answers to above questions.