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Using Clamwin For Virus Protection


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#1 One L

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 08:19 AM

I was wondering what you thought of the Clamwin software for virus protection. Also, when I run it and it finds a virus it quarrantines it. Do I need to do anything further?

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:23 PM

Well I've no experience with that AV,so I won't comment on it.
But anything that is put into the Quarantine can no longer harm your PC. It is put there as a safety vavle in case the file was an important file to the proper operation of your PC. If the PC is running normally without that file than in a few days delete them.
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 11:53 AM

I have previously looked at Clamwin as a possible computer anti-virus protection method;

http://www.clamwin.com/content/view/71/1/
I found this

Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

which makes me suspicious of its ability to be a useful av program or to do real time protection which is, in my view, essential for any antivirus protection program

http://www.clamwin.com/content/view/90/27/

ClamWin Free Antivirus does not scan files automatically (that is when you access or open a file), you need to scan a suspicious file manually before opening it. Hence ClamWin does not offer fully automatic virus protection and does not integrate with Windows XP SP2 Security Centre.

This will change once the on-access scanning component is released and ClamWin team is working on it.

Maybe you are content with the protection such an av program as this offers? I decided against it :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:57 PM

ClamWin is a ported version of ClamAV:

Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX,
designed especially for e-mail scanning on mail gateways.

While it is an excellent virus "scanner" it does not provide "real-time"
protection. It will not stop you from downloading or running evil files.
I recommend you look at:
Avast! - http://www.avast.com/
AVG - http://free.avg.com/

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