anti-virus program without Internet access


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TS742

I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
 
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Big Steel

I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
I believe NOD32 from Eset can do what you are looking for.

<http://www.scanwith.com/download/ESET_NOD32_Antivirus_Offline_Updates.htm>
 
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Wolf K

I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
Puzzling RFH.

a) If your computer doesn't have internet access, and there's no evdince
of viruses, then what do you need anti-malware for?

b) Won't work without internet access? My paranoia kicks in: why would
an anti-virus program need that? Or are you saying you need 'net access
to get updates? Well, same as question a)

AFAIK, all legit anti-malware will work when you turn 'net access off,
or unplug the modem.

Possible answer to your question:
Portable Apps. Use a computer with web access to d/l and install them on
a USB stick (thumbdrive). An anti-virus program is included, and will
work without 'net access. I recommend 4GB or bigger.
 
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Char Jackson

I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
Avira (free, and very good) can probably do that, or at least it has a
menu option for that exact purpose. I haven't had a need to update
without 'net access so I haven't tried it.
 
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Paul

TS742 said:
I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
I found a page for AVG.

http://free.avg.com/ca-en/download-update

Based on finding a similar page for the pay version.

http://www.avg.com/ww-en/download-update

I have no idea how hard that is to install, or whether
there is a menu entry to load the update.

Paul
 
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VanguardLH

TS742 said:
I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
I've tried half a dozen of the major AV products and they all function
*without* Internet access. What they won't do without Internet access
is to update their signature database and check for a later version of
the program. Well, obviously they can't check for updates if they
cannot connect but they still run using what program version is
currently installed and using whatever version of the signature database
is still available to them.

The exception is if you install an AV program on a stand-alone
(unconnected) host and use that program beyond its expiration. Many AV
programs let you use a program version for a maximum of 12 months. They
don't want you using old heuristics or old code which may contain
vulnerabilities or weaknesses. Their intent is to provide the latest
protection, not something that was okay a year ago. If you want to
continue using their product and the old version has expired then it's
up to you however you want to obtain the new program version and install
the new version. The old expired version may refuse to run because you
are trying to violate the license which says you only got 1 year's worth
of use from that installation instance.

Many AV vendors permit you to download their signature database update
to wherever you want. You download a file and then have the existing AV
program read that file to update its own database. As for program
updates, you just download their program to get whatever is the latest
version of it, download it to wherever you want, and install it when you
want on your stand-alone host.

http://www.avast.com/en-us/download-update
http://www.avira.com/en/support-vdf-update-info
http://www.avg.com/us-en/download-update

You can also read their forums for help. Often a user will complain
that the update server is down or they cannot reach or connect to it and
they are concerned about using an old signature database. The replies
will indicate how to download the update file.
 
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Fat-Dumb and Happy

TS742 said:
I've tried some anti-virus programs, but they won't work without
Internet access. The computer I'm using doesn't have Internet access.
What I could do is download updates to a flash drive from an Internet
computer, and then put it on my computer. Is there a way to do this?
I've had trouble with AVG, Webroot, and MSE.
If you have a wireless signal just plug in a USB wireless adapter,
log on and download a virus program. Around 10 bucks shop around and
find a bargain. Something like this,
http://www.gearxs.com/D-Link-DWA-130-Wireless-N-USB-Adapter?filter_name=wireless
Superantispyware has a portable version, free for home use, but I
don't know how you would do the updates without logging on,
http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html?tag=SAS_HOMEPAGE
 

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