ESET Online Scanner is an open source tool, is able to identify and remove malware from computers. It employs the same ThreatSense technology and signatures as ESET Smart Security or ESET NOD32 antivirus security software. It can identify and remove many types of malware, without needing to install. It can also scan many areas of the computer, such as the autostart area, boot sector and registry. It also has the ability to resolve issues during the restart of the computer as well as re-scan the files that were previously deemed infected.
The software is accessible via the internet and can be accessed by anyone who has access to the internet. Once it has been launched users are able to select which components of their computer they want to scan for malware. This process can take some time as the application needs to download the most recent signature database before it can begin the scanning. Once this process is complete the results can be reviewed and any threats identified will be eliminated. This application does not offer continuous protection, but can be used to spot harmful components before they cause harm.
Overall, it is an effective tool for removing malware from a computer. It is particularly useful if it is not protected by other antivirus software. While it’s not able to provide the same level of protection as paid solutions, it is still streets ahead of many free online security tools and gives the ability to check multiple areas of the computer.