(Almost) free virus scanner from AOL
The scanner comes bundled with an additional toolbar for Internet Explorer that shows the PC's security status and contains a password manager. A test installation of these components at the heise Security test labs led to a blue screen. Without the toolbar, the installation ran without problem. Unlike Kaspersky's full version, however, it was not possible to deselect individual components like file antivirus and mail antivirus. The heuristic behavioural blocker extension was also missing. This allows the scanner to protect the PC against pests without relying on signatures. Yet the Kaspersky scanner was among the best even without this function, according to tests by c't magazine, particularly because of the quick signature updates.
For those who are unconcerned about the privacy issues, this is a respectable scanner provided for free. Cost-free scanners that concentrate on protection against pests are also offered by Avira through its AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic and Grisoft with its AVG scanner. For more information about antivirus software also see heise Security's Anti-Virus pages.