Why is MS doing spam checks first?

Scott Silva ssilva at SGVWATER.COM
Thu Dec 1 16:22:42 GMT 2005

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Ed Bruce spake the following on 12/1/2005 6:13 AM:
> Remco Barendse wrote:
>> You are excused ;)
>> But I think that the last few months SpamAss has turned out to be more
>> of a cpu+mem hog than any other check you would be doing on an e-mail.
>> I think that any virusscanner will have scanned the average message in
>> less than half a second wheras SpamAss is taking several seconds at least
>> Sorry if my message was unclear but maybe it's time to switch priorities?
> But its still true that the majority of the email we receive is spam.
> I'm guessing this is still true for the majority of users of MS.
> But I would prefer, for personal reasons, to have virus scanning first.
IF you must have virus scanning first, you could use mimedefang or
clamav milter and scan for viruses first. But you will probably have
more load, not less.


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