All antivirus software I've come across (so far)

  • has an installer;
  • runs in the background (usually via drivers);
  • uses up a lot of CPU and/or RAM bandwidth;
  • very rarely finds any virus (as viruses are pretty uncommon these days).

I'd like a very simple antivirus:

  • no installer (.7z is fine);
  • no drivers, only one application, only runs in the foreground;
  • only scans what I tell it to scan (i.e. .exe files I downloaded and such).

Is there such a thing? Or anything close? (If you make it, I and the rest of the superuser community will buy it!)

  • @Ramhound: Of course it's Windows. I'm not looking for rootkit extermination, I just want to verify binaries I download before I run them. Antivirus without drivers may be useless to you; I can only assume you didn't read the question. – Jonas Byström Feb 5 '14 at 8:41

Try using ClamWin. You can create a portable setup as well.

I believe it meets all of your requirements.

  • I'd have said ClamAV, since technically he didn't say platform. I run it on my mac and used to on my XP box before I retired it – Rich Homolka Feb 4 '14 at 21:51
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    That's true. I figured it was Windows since there aren't too many linux av programs that are as robust as what he was running into. – Alex McKenzie Feb 4 '14 at 21:55
  • Awesome, excellent, wonderful! Better than I'd imagined! – Jonas Byström Feb 5 '14 at 8:44

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