Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Free Standlone Anti-Virus ClamWin

Tech Blog - With all the worm and virus going on this month, first with the Conficker worm and lately Mikkey worm that is affecting twitter users, I thought it would just be great to do another post about free anti-virus for your computer's protection, ClamWin is a free standalone anti-virus program it comes with an open source code and it is based on ClamAV engine, which I use on my Linux/Unix mail server to do e-mail scanning, anyway ClamWin is a standalone anti-virus just like the Sysclean by Trendmicro but unlike Sysclean you don't have to manually download the definition yourself as ClamWin will update its definition automatically once it is installed on your computer, based on my experience ClamWin is a great anti-virus with a price that can't be beat, it very good at detecting viruses and worms, it integrate itself to the OS well that it works with Windows Explorer, it has an add-in for Outlook which I think will be usefull for outlook users and one of my favorite feature on ClamWin is you can do scheduled scanning this is important as ClamWin doesn't do realtime scan, the only thing I don't like with ClamWin is its a bit slow when doing a full scan, apart from that its a great tool to have on your tool kit, complete features of ClamWin below
  • High detection rates for viruses and spyware;
  • Scanning Scheduler;
  • Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.
  • Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;
  • Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.
You can get ClamWin here

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1 comment:

didi said...

The only disadvantages on clamwin is that it does not include an on-access real-time scanner. User need to manually update & scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

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