ClamWin Free Antivirus 0.90.1.1

ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and 2003. ClamWin Free Antivirus comes with an easy installer and open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It features:

* High detection rates for viruses and spyware.
* Scanning Scheduler.
* Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.
* Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer.
* Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.


Changes: Version 0.90.1.1 - 11 April 2007

This quick-fix release addresses the erroneous complaint about missing virus database. Also it includes couple of bug fixes:

* Fixed file creation errors during scanning of OLE and MSI files
* Added description message when a "Can't Open File" error occurs

Download: ClamWin Free Antivirus 0.90.1.1 freeware
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Link: ClamWin Home Page

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Please note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

Gee, I do not know which product you are reviewing Jeremy, but it is certainly not ClamWin. It is an anti-virus program rather than a malware scan and removal tool. Also, it does have on-demand scanning either view the tray icon or by right clicking a file or directory. It is rather slow about scanning, but I think that has more to do with being thorough than anything else.

I've tested it before it's not very good. And no it does not have an on-demand scanner, which is stated on the home page.
When I say malware I am referring to both spyware and viruses, trojans, worms, etc.
I too prefer thoroughness over speed, but as seen in the comparisons on av-comparatives.org, the detection rate of ClamWin is quite low.

On demand = you click "scan" and it does it
On access = auto scan when files are accessed from the drive

This is lacking an on-access scanner, not an on-demand one, IIRC.
Never used it though.

Jeremy of Many said,
I've tested it before it's not very good.

You honestly expect us to simply trust your test? That's laughable at best. "Hey guys! Some internet guy said this sucks, so let's just forget about it instead of trying it. Yes, I know it's free and other people say it's pretty good, but this is a guy! ON THE INTERNET! So we HAVE to trust his word."

Jeremy of Many said,
I've tested it before it's not very good. And no it does not have an on-demand scanner, which is stated on the home page.
When I say malware I am referring to both spyware and viruses, trojans, worms, etc.
I too prefer thoroughness over speed, but as seen in the comparisons on av-comparatives.org, the detection rate of ClamWin is quite low.

I have tested it also, it detected a trojan that SAV (Symantec AV) did not. Windows Defender detected it and then I scanned it with ClamWin and it also detected it. No AV is 100%, this used in conjunction with another AV could not be a bad thing.

JockStrap said,

You honestly expect us to simply trust your test? That's laughable at best. "Hey guys! Some internet guy said this sucks, so let's just forget about it instead of trying it. Yes, I know it's free and other people say it's pretty good, but this is a guy! ON THE INTERNET! So we HAVE to trust his word."

No. Go to www.av-comparatives.org and view the comparisons. They have a testbed of over 600,000 viruses of various kinds:
Windows viruses
Macro viruses
Script viruses and malware
Worms
Backdoors
Trojans
Other malware
Other OS viruses/malware

They are in college and do not get paid to do the tests at all. The guy Andreas (the admin of the website) is the one who does the tests and his friends help him analyze the results.
If I had done my own test, I would do it very thoroughly and provide a link to view the results. What specific types of viruses does it detect? Does it detect spyware as well? Can it scan inside of archives? Inside of EXEs? Inside of EXE that are inside archives? If so, what type of archives? Any kind or just ISOs and .BINs, and not .IMG or .MDF, etc? Is it easy to navigate? Is the GUI designed to attract advanced users, novices, or those of all skill levels? Does it update often? Hourly, daily, weekly? Things like that.

When someone says "this isn't very good" I usually think the same thing you thought of my previous post. But I don't just sit there and think they are full of ****, I go and research the hell out of the product, try to get some background info on it, etc. That way I know whether they are full of crap or really do know what they are talking about and just didn't feel like providing a web link that backs up their claim. So now, I have provided the info, go read it for yourself.

Well, unless I'm missing something, ClamWin is not one of the ones they test anyway, so thats pretty much useless in this discussion.

This product does not contain an on-demand scanner and has a very low detection rate. I would never recommend this to anyone who was serious about removing malware on their machine.