Antivirus company Sophos bought Surfright, one of its competitors, last year. Sophos is currently in the process of integrating Surfright's products and technology. Meanwhile, Surfright's "Hitman Pro" product is currently free for home use.
Hitman Pro is described as a second-opinion malware scanner. Whereas traditional scanners don't play well together, and only work if they are the sole scanner installed on your computer, these second-opinion products happily coexist with your installed product and, as the name suggests, provides a way to double-check that your computer really is free of malware and viruses.
Hitman Pro is currently free for unlimited home use. While it's a good tool for detecting possible malware, it doesn't clean up any infections. For that, you'll need an additional Surfright product, which costs money. However, if Hitman Pro does ever detect an issue on your PC, you get a 30-day free trial of Surfright's clean-up tool.
Hitman Pro is an 11 MB download from https://secure2.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-malware-remo... though you'll need to provide an email address in order to download it. It's available in both 32- and 64-bit versions. Although the web page mentions that it works on Windows versions up to 8, I tested it on Windows 10 and it works perfectly.
Note that it detects not just viruses and malware, but also web site tracking cookies. So don't be surprised to find lots of errors being flagged up by a scan. These are generally harmless, and can be deleted from within the privacy settings in your browser.
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