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Using Clamxav? How's it working?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: February 23, 2006 06:20AM
I'm thinking of putting Clamxav on my and my wife's computer, mostly to filter out Windoze viruses.

Has anybody actually used this puppy? Any experiences, good or bad?

Thanks.
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Re: Using Clamxav? How's it working?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 23, 2006 08:48AM
It works, but the file scanning is VERY slow...

I just tried installing Virex, and that too seems to have VERY slow file scanning.

Anyone using something for this they like, hopefully with faster file scanning?




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Re: Using Clamxav? How's it working?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 23, 2006 09:39AM
Get Avast! at avast.com

Euro company. Gives home users their pro version for free.
Scans to let you know if their are issues during unused cycle time.

Can be set (default) to scan at boot, before any Winduds crap loads, and depending on your drive, removes all crap or quarantines it right then, before it is loaded into memory, and can be bypassed at boot with a simple tap of the ESC key.

Register it so it can phone home and get updates, which is daily, and you'll be happy puppy.

I use that and Lavasoft AdAware, as well as FFox, and I ever have disease on the machines I run, including the Gateway Craptop I'm using right now.
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Re: Using Clamxav? How's it working?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 23, 2006 09:41AM
btw... depending on drive size, scan could take 45 minutes. You'll have to babysit it until it finds a file, and tell it what to do with it. At that point, it gives you the "do this to everything?" question.

There are still some critical files that it won't toss without asking you again, if it finds them. I'd suggest sitting through the boring looking blue screen scan the FIRST time you
run it.

After that, you should have almost no problems.
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Re: Using Clamxav? How's it working?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 23, 2006 10:04AM
Jimmy, Avast seems to be Windoze-only...?

For X, you're looking at a limited number of options: [www.macupdate.com]

ClamAV is the only free one that I'm aware of.




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Re: Using Clamxav? How's it working?
Posted by: Polyester Bride
Date: February 23, 2006 10:22AM
We run Sophos AV on all our machines in our school district, including our OSX servers. It works well. We have internal servers that download and house the def files so our workstations aren't continuously going out to Sophos to get the updates.

It's worked well and seems to catch the bad stuff both Mac and PC. Previously we'd have AVG on our PCes which didn't catch things well, and Norton on some machines. Just say NO to Norton and OSX. Especially on OSX servers. Not as bad on workstations, but I'd still say, give Sophos a try. Not free, but plays well with OSX. The customer support people/sales people have been super nice. For the education sector, this is a great deal because they let teachers have a copy for home use for free as well.

I didn't like how Virex worked.

PB
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