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Re: Antivirus/Antispyware/Antiadware for linux?

On Wed, Nov 17, 2004 at 12:15:51PM +1300, Steven Jones wrote:
> 8><----
> > 
> > But F-Prot sucks by default because it is nonfree.  Check out clamav
> > instead.  http://www.clamav.net/
> Well and to close the circle clamav sucks by default cause the virus
> database is not maintained by an commercial entity working 24/7 on it.
> Nearly all commercial AV Vendors offer Linux versions these days so
> you can choose one fitting your needs.
> Sven
> 8><----
> Most anti-virus vendors have a delay of on average 10 hours between the release of a new virus and the defination coming out. I have my system updating every 2 hours automatically, so is there really a significant, documentable difference between the average update time with clamav and a commercial entity?

Well I've no chance (and had no chance in the past) to build a test enviroment.
A mail server with about 10.000 mails per hour would be a good thing. Then
you setup a two stage scanning system. First stage will be a scan with clamav
passing all mails tagged as virus free to the second stage with a commercial
product of your choice. I guess a period of 3 month will give you some
objective results about how good or bad clamav really is compared to the
tested commercial product. Who has the chance to build such a test enviroment?


BTW: My first statement was meant a little bit ironic cause of the non-free
software sucks by default statement. I rely on clamav for scanning my private

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