Avira PC Cleaner is a scanner which can be used in parallel with other anti-virus products. It is created for users of other security products who think that they might have a malware infection which their security solution doesn’t detect. It works on any PC, notebook or netbook with operating system Windows XP SP3 and above. It doesn’t require installation or registration and it doesn’t install any drivers.
The best experience is if you first deactivate the installed security product temporarily. This way the files will not be scanned twice. You should reactivate the security product after all is done. We recommend that you regularly perform a scan with the PC Cleaner, no matter which security solution you have (unless you are already an Avira user).
The process takes time, and will vary depending on the size of the hard disk and the processing speed of your PC. In any case, at the end of the scan, a new window will pop up to alert you of anything dangerous on your machine. If any file is found that could potentially be dangerous or harmful, Avira PC Cleaner gives you the option of obtaining more information so that you can find out which file is infected and which malware it contains, and then remove the file. When it comes to this option, Avira PC Cleaner has the same technology as Avira antivirus.
Since it doesn’t install drivers, services and other technologies which integrate deeply with the operating system, it can’t provide the same amount of protection as an installed security product.
How it works
The product copies its files in a temporary directory and starts by downloading the latest version. This happens only on the first execution, later on, only the differences will be updated (a few kilobytes up to a few megabytes). It will copy on the desktop two icons:
Avira PC Cleaner – to start the product
Remove Avira PC Cleaner – to remove the PC Cleaner from the disk.
OS: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Size: 2,2 MB