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noname


Joined: 11 Sep 2006
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I found in other postings that scanning can take some hours. My Computer is scanning now for nearly 50 hours and hasn't finished yet. The scan report finds a lot of different trojans and adware. Does that effect the scanning time? My computer just got a new setup of windows 2000 and there are no
other programs installed yet (beside firefox and thunderbird) and in the first minutes in the web I have already "collected" all these trojans and adware. Could installation of a firewall prevent this? and if yes, can you recommend any products?

Thanks for your help
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GuitarBob


Joined: 09 Jul 2006
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Most likely the malware you're now finding has been there all along if you haven't had a resident antivirus program, a firewall, and an adware/spyware blocker.

ClamWin doesn't yet have the capability of being resident in memory to check files as they are placed on your hard drive. It is an "on demand", after-the-fact virus scanner. Until this capability is added, you should also have a resident antivirus scanner. There will not be any conflict with another antivirus program while ClamWin is not resident. There is a free version of the AVG antivirus program from Grisoft available at their Web site. It's probably as good as any for a home/home office computer. Set it up for automatic updates.

The Zone Alarm firewall is available in a free version at the Zone Alarm web site. Set it up for automatic updates. There is also a paid version of AVG that comes with a firewall, and it is reasonably priced at $48 for two years.

For spyware/adware defense, the Spybot Search & Destroy program is a good one, and it is free. Once it is installed, you will have to run the program and update it manually yourself.

You might have a look at Winpooch, another open source free security program. It can be set up to work with ClamWin and it can perform some firewall functions. Some people say ClamWin and Winpooch is all you need. The ClamWin team doesn't recommend it, however, because of the "quick and dirty" programming it uses.

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Monotype


Joined: 30 Apr 2006
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Which Windows version do you use?

Please re-install Windows XP and follow my instructions.

If you use Windows XP (SP2), you should always make sure to pull out the network cable from your computer, and put it back together when Windows XP is fully installed.

If you are using a Windows XP CD without SP2 integrated, you should install SP2 before connecting to the Internet.

Always remember to visit Microsoft Update and install all security patches after you have put your network cable back again.
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sdshooter


Joined: 06 Oct 2006
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Location: Southern California
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I've noticed a similar problem. I set mine to run every night at 12am. I'm finding that sometimes the program is still running from the previous night when the next one starts. Having it run two instances grinds my Win2k SBS computer to a halt. (It seems to keep the CPU near 100% most of the time when only a single instance is running.) Is there anything that can be done to help it finish in under 24 hours???

Thanx,
Wm
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sherpya


Joined: 22 Mar 2006
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I think you'll better to filter out media files extensions like avi mpg etc, since libclamav would scan whole files
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Scanning Takes Too Long
GuitarBob


Joined: 09 Jul 2006
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Not every file in every directory/subdirectory will harbor viruses/malware, so you don't have to scan everything. Include in your scans only those file types that are likely to harbor malware. Set up a rotating scan schedule over a week--scanning only a directory at a time. The Windows directory/subdirectories are probably the most important. If you scan them only, you will probably be looking at 80% (at least) of the files you need to scan.

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