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Sophos Virus Removal Tool 2.4

Check your PC for malware

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 07 October 2013
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Developer: Sophos
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Sophos Virus Removal Tool 2.4
Check your PC for malware

The Sophos Virus Removal Tool is a simple application for running on-demand antivirus scans on your PC.

The interface is very basic. You can't tell the program what to scan; there's no need to choose a scan type; and you can't schedule scans to run unattended. All you can do is launch a full system scan, and then allow the program to remove anything it finds.

This simplicity is the whole point, though. Sure, the Sophos Virus Removal Tool doesn't provide real-time protection, support scheduled scans or anything else advanced at all, but this does mean you should be able to run the program alongside your regular security package. And then you can run it whenever you like, just to get a second opinion on your system's security status.

In our first tests, the Virus Removal Tool wasn't hugely impressive. It's scanning speed is relatively slow; the program provided few details on the single issue it found on our PC; and then it failed to remove it, too.

We might have been unlucky, though. And as the program is free, there's nothing to lose in trying it out. If you're currently struggling to remove malware from one of your systems then download a copy, see what the Virus Removal Tool can do for you.

Verdict:

A very basic on-demand antivirus tool

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