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Old 10-24-2005, 05:00 AM   #1
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ClamAV Features

I installed ClamAV on both Linux and Windows. I have few questions regarding this Open Source AV:

1.) I was able to configure Windows to send an email to me for virus reports. How can I do it on linux?
2.) Does ClamAV does not have a real-time scan like the famous AV such as Trend Micro, Norton, Sophos?
3.) Can ClamAV disinfect files with virus? I don't know if the software is capable of doing it but I don't think Clam is disinfecting the file because it only moves the file to the quarantine folder.

Is it really worth it to use ClamAV than other commercial AV?
Old 10-25-2005, 01:26 AM   #2
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The question is 'is it really worth using AV in Linux?'. If you're running a mail gateway or a file server accessed by Windows users then its probably a good idea. If you're just looking for a Norton-Antivirus for your Linux desktop then its rather pointless. Also there's no point in trying to 'disinfect' a file - you're not likely to be left with anything useful even if you could strip out the virus from a file and you wouldn't trust it anyway. In my experience programs like Symantec/Norton have never been able to 'disinfect' a file on any machine any time I've tried it - its just a me-to 'feature' put there by competing anti-virus companys.

Have a look at this thread on the same topic:


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