free bitdefender worth it?

Ed Bruce ebruce at
Wed Mar 8 17:51:27 GMT 2006

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Julian Field wrote:
> On 8 Mar 2006, at 16:41, Greg Matthews wrote:
>>> is the free linux version of bitdefender maintained?
> As far as I am aware, yes.
>>> I mention this because in a quick test, the latest version
>>> failed to detect Worm.SomeFool.P (ClamAV).
>>> Checking on and their version of
>>> bitdefender picks it up as Win32.Netsky.P at mm Most of the
>>> engines on this site
> pick
>>> it up as a Netsky trojan.
>>> my bitdefender is 7.1-3, the site above doesnt provide version
> numbers
>>> but I suspect version 9 pro.
>>> I tested by: /opt/bdc/bdc /folder/full/of/junk/df*
> You are expecting it to be able to directly decode email message
> encodings, which I don't think bitdefender can do. Try scanning the
>  real files, not the email messages which contain them.
>>> clamscan --infected /folder/full/of/junk/df*
> ClamAV can decode email messages itself, so I would expect a much
>  higher success rate.
> You are using bitdefender in a way it is not designed to work. Scan
>  files, not email messages. Either that, or just plug it in to
> MailScanner and let it scan the infected messages with both
> scanners, and see what reports it generates. Reports from all
> scanners are included, not just the first one that found a
> virus.bsite!
I like to scan my archives regularly with both BitDefender and ClamAV.
I have a script that invokes BitDefender like this:

bdc --arc --mail --files

With this it scans archived, email, and files.

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