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experience with clamwin antivirus?

By bruce@carr ·
We are considering using the ClamWin antivirus program in a SOHO environment for 5-10 PC's. Any experience in how it works--good & bad--suggestions? Thanks!

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by Intel Inside Me In reply to experience with clamwin a ...

It works really great. Since I work for Microsoft, they say that they recomend Clamwin.

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by jmgarvin In reply to experience with clamwin a ...

Clamwin is excellent. It has a pretty small footprint.

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by bruce@carr In reply to experience with clamwin a ...

Thanks for checking my question, but I was hoping for a little more detail than "works good." Maybe, does it seem to noticeable catch any viruses or worms, especially recent ones? How is it to set up and manage on multiple desktops? How is it on virus updates & automatic updating? How do you feel about using this versus a "name brand" like Symantec or McAfee? Thanks!

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by infoguy In reply to experience with clamwin a ...

ClamWin is great. It works on-demand (as opposed to real-time) so it only scans when you tell it to (or when you schedule it to). The antivirus sign file is updated frequently (the program typically finds an update every day when I have it scheduled to check). I have a 30GB drive with about 20GB used on a 1500MHz celeron laptop, and a full scan takes just under 14 minutes. I have yet to see a false positive in the 6 months I have been using ClamWin. I switched to ClamWin from Grisoft's AVG after getting 3 false positives within a month.

In the environment you described, an on-demand antivirus program should be adequate, and I heartily recommend ClamWin.

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I forgot to mention, I run ClamWin on Windows XP. And it has an Outlook addin, but not Outlook Express or Thunderbird (yet).

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A correction to my first comment - ClamMail does work with Outlook, OE, and Thunderbird, but only if you are using POP3 (which it sounds like you are).

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by bruce@carr In reply to

Thanks for replying with a detailed answer! It covers the issues I was most interested in. I plan to investigate further, but it looks like a good choice for us.

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