Some more on AV scanners.

Scott Silva ssilva at
Thu Aug 17 17:39:59 IST 2006

Glenn Steen spake the following on 8/17/2006 7:04 AM:
> Since bdc has turned into payware, I'm thinking about the alternatives.
> Today I run with ClamAV, McAfee and BitDefender.
> Looking at the list of supported scanners, I'm leaning either toward
> implementing AVG or Norman. Does anyone have any experience with these
> two they'd care to share?
> Or perhaps F-secure or Antivir... same there, what's your experience?
> Or how about Kaspersky or DrWeb?
> The cheapest alternative is likely Panda (buy their cheapest product
> so that you can get at the updates), but .... I've never particularly
> liked that one:).
> Sophos, vexira, f-prot and nod32 seemed a bit steep, which would
> likely cull them from my list (tightfisted PHB:-). And I just detest
> Trend, Symantec and CA, so those went out before the start:-).
> Going through the list of supported scanners in MailScanner.conf I
> noted that the URL for Norman points to their German site, which is a
> bit strange considering they are Norwegian... or
> would be better... And the link to Command just doesn't
> seem to work at all. Does it still exist?
> BTW, I suppose Jules could cull RAV from the list pretty soon too...
> It's "Microsoft" nowadays, and I couldn't find any *nix scanner at all
> at their site (rather unsurprising:-).
> I've also noted that there are a few(!) scanners we don't support...
> Would there be any interest in getting a wrapper going for Avast!, Una
> or some other AV?
I have been trying to get some response from Bitdefender, and so far it looks
like the free version should continue to work for the forseeable future, but
could not get any real idea when they would "break" it. So it you have it, it
should be ok for the short to mid term while you look.


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You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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