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esthon_wood


Joined: 04 Jul 2006
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hello everyone, I was about to download clamwinAV but i stopped when i read that it does not offer on-access real time scanning. it said that i have to manually scan the file to detect a virus? does this mean that it cannot detect viruses or trojans while i am surfing the net? does clamwinAV offer any alternatives on this?

I would appreciate any information you could give me.

Thanks a lot Smile

Esthon
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Monotype


Joined: 30 Apr 2006
Posts: 62
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Yep. That's right. You have to manually scan files. It won't scan them automatically on access.

On-access scanning functionality is being worked on, but there are no releasedate for it yet, though.
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esthon_wood


Joined: 04 Jul 2006
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the scanning of files manually is fine with me. what bothers me is the viruses that could enter my computer while surfing the net. does that mean that i need to scan for viruses and trojans everytime after i surfed the internet? does clamwin also detect spyware and trojans?

thanks,

esthon
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Monotype


Joined: 30 Apr 2006
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esthon_wood wrote:
the scanning of files manually is fine with me. what bothers me is the viruses that could enter my computer while surfing the net. does that mean that i need to scan for viruses and trojans everytime after i surfed the internet? does clamwin also detect spyware and trojans?

thanks,

esthon


If you do the following things you should be safe enough;

1. Use Microsoft Update to install all security updates. Do this ~ 1 time a week or so.

2. Keep your other software (especially your browser) up to date.

3. Use a firewall. For example Windows Firewall. (Which is integrated in Win XP SP2.)

4. Use common sense, that is, don't download executable software from unknown websites. Also avoid downloading screensavers, since they are very unnecessary nowadays (2006) and they can also be infected by viruses.

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The only real worry left is zero-day-exploits, but you'll avoid most of them too simply by not surfing suspicious websites.. (Like sites with CP, warez, e.t.c.).
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budtse


Joined: 14 Jan 2006
Posts: 372
Location: Belgium
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If you use the Firefox browser, you can also automatically scan files that you download using a firefox plugin. See this thread for comments: http://forums.clamwin.com/viewtopic.php?p=1366&

REMEMBER Alch's COMMENT : Do not use Run, but always click Save first (so it will be scanned), and then open the file.

budtse
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esthon_wood


Joined: 04 Jul 2006
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thanks you guys, you are great help. my norton AV will be expiring in 30 days and i dont want to continue their service mainly because i can't afford it. i will look into the firefox plugin.

thanks again!
esthon
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sherpya


Joined: 22 Mar 2006
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Location: Italy
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sorry currently it's me the main slowdown of the onscan stuff but I've not dropped it I'm just more busy than expected Smile
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harry26


Joined: 24 Jan 2019
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Hi,


There is no other option to scan viruses It will be done through manually. It is irritating while internet surfing but it will give a boost to your system & if it is creating a problem then just replace your antivirus which one is better you know very well. but ClamWin antivirus is better if you take my opinion.
Hope you satisfied with me.
Thanks...
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KingerKingKong


Joined: 03 Apr 2019
Posts: 6
Location: Ukraine
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harry26 wrote:
Hi,


There is no other option to scan viruses It will be done through manually. It is irritating while internet surfing but it will give a boost to your system & if it is creating a problem then just replace your antivirus which one is better you know very well. but ClamWin antivirus is better if you take my opinion.
Hope you satisfied with me.
Thanks...


Thanks for clearing all this for me, I'm new with ClamWin. I will do my antivirus scan every time I surf the Web, and I hope ClamWin ill do its best.
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GuitarBob


Joined: 09 Jul 2006
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Location: USA
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ClamWin is an on-demand scanner. It does not scan in real-time when a file is put on your computer. If you are not using an-on-demand scanner, you may get a virus when surfing the web. ClamWin can only scan when you tell it to or when it is scheduled to scan. In either case, a ClamWin scan will probably be too late to catch/quarantine any virus. The ClamWin developers recommend that you use ClamWin only as backup scanner to a real-time AV.

ClamWin uses the Clam AV scan engine and virus signatures. Clam AV is designed for scanning email files on Linux email servers. These servers do not have to worry about scanning files on the web that are dropped to your computer, so you need a real-time AV. Microsoft Windows Defender (Security Essentials on older computers) is a pretty good real-time AV. It is free, and it is being improved all the time. There are other AVs --both free and paid that are also good.

Regards,
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KingerKingKong


Joined: 03 Apr 2019
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GuitarBob wrote:
ClamWin is an on-demand scanner. It does not scan in real-time when a file is put on your computer. If you are not using an-on-demand scanner, you may get a virus when surfing the web. ClamWin can only scan when you tell it to or when it is scheduled to scan. In either case, a ClamWin scan will probably be too late to catch/quarantine any virus. The ClamWin developers recommend that you use ClamWin only as backup scanner to a real-time AV.

ClamWin uses the Clam AV scan engine and virus signatures. Clam AV is designed for scanning email files on Linux email servers. These servers do not have to worry about scanning files on the web that are dropped to your computer, so you need a real-time AV. Microsoft Windows Defender (Security Essentials on older computers) is a pretty good real-time AV. It is free, and it is being improved all the time. There are other AVs --both free and paid that are also good.

Regards,

Thanks, I'm just using Windows Defender so I hope launching ClamWin additionally will help me to protect completely my PC. Thanks for your detailed answer once again!
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