Which Virus Scanner

Julian Field mailscanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Dec 4 22:35:27 GMT 2002

Small Business Version.

The memory resident "daemon" in the Enterprise edition is actually slower
than the command-line scanner (when heavily loaded, which is the only time
it matters). For scanners like Amavis that start up the scanner separately
for every message, the daemon is much faster. But MailScanner has (IMHO) a
far better design and doesn't get the same performance hit as Amavis due to
MailScanner's dynamically-sized message batches.

At 22:23 04/12/2002, you wrote:
>For F-Prot do you need the Enterprise version or the Small Business
>Version.  The FAQ on the F-Prot website says.
>The Enterprise version is memory resident, so
>you don't have to start a new process and read
>virus signatures each time you want to scan a
>file, since the process has already been started
>and it's just waiting for input. The enterprise
>version has been shown to be up to 50% faster
>than the command line version when being used
>by third-party software.
>Steve Evans
>SDSU Foundation
>(619) 594-0653
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Julian Field [mailto:mailscanner at ECS.SOTON.AC.UK]
>Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 1:46 PM
>Subject: Re: Which Virus Scanner
>At 21:41 04/12/2002, you wrote:
> >Okay I know this is really bad etiquette but this has jumped up on us
> >by surprise and I have till Monday to do something.
> >
> >We used to use mcafee.  The contract with our University ran out, and
> >it was supposed to be renewed and it never was.  So now my department
> >is stuck buying a virus scanner for MailScanner.  We have two
> >MailScanner boxes with 1500 users.  In your opinion what is the best
> >value.  We do get e-rates.
>As you get education prices I would go for
>          1. Sophos
>          2. F-Prot
>Sophos is the best I have used, and they do great educational discounts.
>Julian Field
>MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support

Julian Field
MailScanner thanks transtec Computers for their support

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