Want to make sure your PC's antivirus software is doing its job properly? Internet security firm BullGuard has just launched a free virus scan that can provide a second opinion in less than a minute.
The scan works through a browser plug-in, meaning users can check they are protected against all the latest threats without the need to uninstall existing security software.
The service does not, however, deal with any malware that it identifies. If you do find a virus that your existing software has not dealt with, an optional free 60 day trial of BullGuard's Internet security is cleverly available, after which users will need to pay.
In a press release, BullGuard explained the thinking behind the new service, saying, "The quality of antivirus detection varies greatly and the speed at which threats evolve means that many security solutions can become outdated very quickly.
"Constantly checking software to make sure it is still effective is a laborious and undesirable process, and the simple reason for this is time. Uninstalling an antivirus solution to install and test another is time-consuming and often troublesome."
The company believes the new service will provide a fast and easy way to solve this issue.
The scan utilises BullGuard's technology that has achieved top scores in industry protection tests. Their antivirus software has also received a 'Best Buy' award from consumer association Which? for two years running.
"We know how important it is to ensure that security suites are capable of protecting against the latest threats, so we developed BullGuard Virus Scan with this in mind," said BullGuard's Head of Product Management, Alex Balan.
"Whether users have noticed suspicious activity on their PC or simply want to double-check their current internet security software, BullGuard Virus Scan will provide a summary of a system's security status in less than a minute, offering significant peace of mind."