Best multi-engine antivirus scanners

Scan computer with multiple antivirus and anti malware engines


Every antivirus software is different and have their own methodology to detect and protect computers. So sometimes we require to scan our computer with multiple antivirus to make sure that every antivirus is giving a clean signal. But another problem is that we can not install more than one antivirus in the computer. Because it will slow down the system badly. So to scan the computer with multiple antivirus we can use the scanners having multiple av engines integrated together. It maximize the security and it is also useful to use these software as a second opinion scanners.

Best Free multi AV engine scanners

These below multiAV engine are based on cloud technology. They scan the computer for suspected file and then upload to scan that file with multiple antivirus in the cloud. Still they have own methodology to scan  and upload in the cloud.

Quick Comparison

Name Scanning engines Price
1 Herd Protect 60+ Free
2 Opswat metadefender client 40+ Free
3 SecureAPlus 10+ 12 months free  trial.
$149 per year after first year.

Best multi AV engine scanners

Read a short description about each

1. Herd Protect

Herd protect have the highest number of antivirus or malware scanners. It scan with approx 68 engines and can detect malware, spyware, adware. Herd protect also provide a real time protection option. It scans the all active files in the computer. Active files means all files being used by the operating system or currently opened applications. It uploads the critical area files of the operating system to the cloud for scanning with the multiple antiviruses. Herd protect is a completely free project and is only accept donation.

Update: Download is not available from its official website at this moment. Re-release of herdprotect is under way.

Download herd protect

2. Opswat metadefender client

Opswat metadefender multi av scanner

Download Opswat MetaDefender

Opswat metadefender uses 42 engines to scan files in the cloud. It is also available for free. It analysis all the running modules and files by doing a deep analysis. So it can also scan dll files used by the running program. Another feature is that it can detect a computer network with or having a connection with a Bad IP address.

3. SecureAPlus

SecueAplus multi av scannerDownload SecureAPlus

SecureAPlus has integrated 12 antivirus engines in a single application. So if you thinks that 68 or 42 engines are higher in numbers and you require to scan with less engines then SecureAPlus is a good option. Scanning with less engines will take less time.

It has a freemium plan, means you will be charged nothing for the first year. So it is free for the first 12 months. After that, you need to buy a premium subscription plan. In paid plans, there are some extra add on features multi PC security, Location tracking, priority support, password protected settings, etc.

in the end

There are many antiviruses which are built on the Bitdefender antivirus engine. So we do not require to list them here. But there are few more malware scanners which uses more than their own engine + Bitdefender engine and worth to try as multi-engine scanner or second opinion scanner. Actually, these are more than just the scanners. These can be used as antimalware with real-time protection.


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