An Overview of Free Antivirus Programs – Part VI – EAV Antivirus Suite Free Edition

Welcome to the sixth installment in our series on free antivirus programs. Be sure to also see:

  • Part I – AVG Free Edition
  • Part II – PC Tools Free Edition
  • Part III – Comodo Antivirus 2.0 Beta
  • Part IV – Avast 4 Home Edition
  • Part V – BitDefender v10 Free Edition

What’s in store today? Answer: a brief look at the free EAV Antivirus Suite. I say “brief” because after having this software installed on my system for only one day, I am already eager to remove it!

Review version: 5.42

Product link: EAV at download.com (Why am I linking to download.com? Because they do.)

Installation – If you want to download and install the free version of EAV Antivirus, good luck finding it on their main website. I actually found it on download.com, which is probably how most people find it, considering that I could not find mention of the free version on their own website.

Anyway, the installer is tiny – under two megabytes. What can EAV pack into 1.62 MB? Let’s find out.

Interface – There’s not much to EAV’s interface. If you like stark simplicity, you’ll feel at home.

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Curiously, clicking “Full Scan” does not start a full scan. Instead, it brings up a separate window in which you must choose the file path that you wish to scan. Fortunately, they include an “all disks” checkbox, but it is not selected by default.

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As you can see from the screenshot above, EAV supposedly found three viruses. One of them is a required component for Java (false positive), and I have no idea what the other two are supposed to be. EAV is certainly not telling me! Should I delete them? No.

Updating – As of now, there are NO separate virus definition updates. In fact, clicking the “update” button simply launches your default browser and takes you back to the download.com page! Therefore, if you want an update, you must re-install the entire program. Ridiculous.

Footprint and Scanning – One nice thing is that EAV is extremely lean on system resources. As I type this, EAV is running a full scan, and my CPU usage only occasionally rises higher than 0%. Nice.

Whether or not EAV is actually doing anything useful (given the false positives that it’s already “found”) remains to be seen.

EAV lacks integration with the “right-click” explorer menu.

Types of Protection – From what I can tell, EAV only provides an on-demand scanner, though the ability to also scan memory is appreciated.

The included IE Doctor and Windows Doctor are perplexing. They appear to modify settings for internet explorer and the windows registry. Here is a screenshot of the Windows Doctor.

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Pardon me for objecting, but I don’t dare execute any task that will modify my registry without knowing explicitly what it will do! I understand some of these registry hacks, but others are too vague. For instance, what does “Speedup Computer” mean? Perhaps I should consult the Help manual.

Ah, here we go, here is the explanation taken literally from the Help manual:

Speed Computer – make your computer running fast by modifying system configuration

Oh, thanks! That explains everything! If you’re going to make my computer running fast, you better start explaining me before I clicking you. 🙂 Language issues aside, more explanation would be nice.

EICAR TestHere is a link where you can download a harmless test file that should be detected as malicious by antivirus programs. As I’ve mentioned before, it is NOT a real virus. In order to test the effectiveness of a program, I download the EICAR test file to my desktop and start counting to see how long it takes the antivirus program to find it. Sooner is always better than later.

How does EAV fare? It doesn’t find the test virus AT ALL! That’s right. No amount of scanning made EAV find the test virus, though it did tell me that one of my Nvidia video driver components was a virus. Wrong again!

Final Thoughts – Now that I have installed and used this program, I’m not quite sure why they call it a “suite,” since there’s not much to it.

Would I recommend EAV? Let’s see – false positives, lack of incremental updates, barebones features, failure to detect test virus, and vague, poorly-written documentation…

Not recommended. Hopefully it will improve in the future, but considering the quality of other free antivirus programs (such as AVG and Avast), EAV is currently not worth using.

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11 thoughts on “An Overview of Free Antivirus Programs – Part VI – EAV Antivirus Suite Free Edition

  1. I had the free version running for some time now it says it is expired and causing me problems. I cannot uninstall it. How can I get rid of it.

  2. Generally, you get what you pay for even though there are some real bargains to be had.

    The truth is that one really needs a security suite to really get adequate protection.

    Why would someone publish such a poor program where there does not seem to be any monetary benefit?

  3. Thanks for the warning. I was curious/tempted, did a google, and found your article. It confirmed what I suspected–if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And to think I found the file on downloads.zdnet.com “free registration is required.”

  4. Thank you for this time and aggravation saving review of EAV Antivirus.

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  5. I’m trying EAVSuite now, I tested it for keylogging (Zamana) and the simulated execution file was stopped dead. BUT I also have ClamWinAV (freestanding program I forgot to disable on start so they appear to work together ok..huh) I really don’t know which did what… . But the message said the fake keylogger program I tried to execute had to be shutdown for generating errors ( Windows popup 0x000 (etc) 0 instead of the prompt screen I was told I’d get IF my AV WAS blocking keyloggers.

    Not a techie here, so I think my response was basically “‘good deal’.. something stopped it.”

    The interface is a little confusing for sure. I selected some reasonably logical choices like lock registry, deny anonymous logon (already set in IE security anyway) and so forth. I think I did a restart then. But what it’s doing or not doing? I haven’t a clue. ClamWin has proven pretty reliable at finding Trojans at least (“fakeAV Trojan”. and a “restore” Trojan and then the original virus that I had suspected was in my laptop for a while that was doing all the dirt~~I kept finding porn sites being considered “trusted sites” and Advanced System Care kept finding them and removing them.). IE listed them as “trusted” it said, but I use FFx so that was weird.

    I don’t really know if I’m “protected” or not, but what the hey, I’m online and able to use my computer, the CPUs don’t indicate something else is afoot other than what I’m doing, and it makes me “feel” like everything is all right!
    By contrast, Comodo, ZoneAlarm, Agnitum, all kept asking me questions I didn’t know how to answer half the time…lol. When they ask for permission to run, there needs to be better explanation of exactly WHAT is trying to run and to DO what. If like so many people online you KNOW what it means when this program is trying to interface with THAT program, then well and good 🙂 But I’m not that well informed, and I suspect I’m not alone out here ;>
    PCTools, well, that little bugger crapped out on me, presumably after these viruses got through Avira and AVG and I shifted arounf to other security, trying PCTools since it was well rated. But after a while, it would just shutdown quietly until I noticed it wasn’t running or lock up on me. SO it must be crackable.

    Oh by the way, right before EAV I tried out FortKnox Firewall w/Spy Emergency and it seemed to work quite well, tho’ I rarely have seen it reviewed really positively. When the time came to buy, tho, it really DID seem to shut down. Although lesser known than the big name AV/firewall combos, FortKnox seemed pretty awesome to me and better than AVG or Avira (them–I tried both, separately, of course) and that seemed to be when the viruses slipped thru.

    WHen I decided I needed a change,I remembered ClamWin, and that finally dug out the viruses, and subesquent scans showed they didn’t get back thru FtKnox FW.
    But when FortKnox puts the squeeze on, they do it by disabling the protection pretty completely, as the GUI tells you as you try to enable different options.
    It also doesn’t have a countdown…but I think I may buy it, based on my recent experience.
    PCTools I tried back when, was ultimately a headache to me. Worked fine for a while, then got shaky, started showing up 2 or 3 times simultaneously on Task Mgr, then quietly started folding repeatedly. Guess it was hacked too.

    I think there’s a neighborhood kid hacking me. And he’s plenty savvy, I know. Guess he doesn’t want Mom finding porn on his computer…lol.
    I just felt like telling about my personal exp. as a non-techie struggling to find out what really works (or seems to).

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