ClamWin Antivirus

ClamWin Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 110 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.98.7
  • Total Downloads:
    293,394
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 22, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    103.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    130
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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ClamWin Antivirus is a free antivirus solution for Windows PCs. This open-source freeware integrates with Windows Explorer and Microsoft Outlook, schedules scans, and automatically updates virus definitions. It offers good, basic protection without the bells and whistles of premium antivirus packages.

ClamWin's installer let us choose to integrate the program with Explorer and install the Outlook module, both of which we selected. Right-clicking the program's system-tray icon let us configure and update ClamWin as well as schedule scans, display reports, manually check for updates, and attend to other matters. The program's main interface is utterly basic but efficient, with a simple tree view for selecting directories to scan. We selected our C drive, and ClamWin performed a thorough scan, turning up a variety of potential issues for us to review, some of which weren't problems but were worth verifying anyway. However, it did turn up a suspected Trojan horse. While it probably wasn't dangerous since we knew its source, we opted to remove it anyway. We could set ClamWin to report findings for manual cleaning, delete suspected files as they're found, or quarantine them. When we opened Outlook, ClamWin opened with it, and it showed up on Outlook's Add-In ribbon; Outlook worked normally under ClamWin's protection, too.

Good protection is cheap at half the price, and antivirus software is certainly one aspect of PC ownership you shouldn't scrimp on. Free tools like ClamWin offer basic but viable alternatives to the subscription-based premium tools, many of which rely on automatic conveniences and extras to justify their price tags. As with any antivirus tool, we strongly recommend reviewing your options and doing some research before you commit to protection of your primary PC. For second PCs, infrequently used machines, and tight budgets, we can recommend ClamWin without hesitation since any decent antivirus freeware is better than no protection at all.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Another Garbage Antivirus Program"

March 31, 2015  |  By galet09

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.98.6

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

It would not install even though it said it did.

Summary

I tried twice to install it. The first I selected to download the definitions and that didn't work either because I kept receiving all kinds of warning messages, and then it would say retrying and the same thing. So the next time I tried installing it without selecting download the datebase and it looked as tho it installed, had the finish button too, and nowhere could I find any sign of the program on my computer. Their website doesn't even offer decent support. You have to go to a forum. That should tell you all you need to know.

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5 stars

"Good anti-virus but newer versions on website"

September 27, 2014  |  By TheAl12345

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.8

Pros

Read summary.

Cons

Read summary.

Summary

I don't know why this hasn't been updated in over a year, but their are newer version of ClamWin on the ClamWin website here: http://www.clamwin.com/ There is current rumors of a real-time protection module coming in 1.0, a long with other new features. ClamWin is a really good anti-virus, with high detection ratios, basic settings and features, and ease of access to all settings. You can limit your scans and customize each scan to make scans go faster. I am ROCK N ROLL KID on ClamWin forums and I am available for help on the forums here: http://forums.clamwin.com/ Keep up-to-date with ClamWin news on the forums, as well. Current version, as of date of this post, is .98.4.1.

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5 stars

"decent backup scanner"

August 02, 2014  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.8

Pros

-not many backup scanners around now-a-days. this is a good one for an occasional checkup.
-open source
-portable.
-with Clam Sentinel, this might be one of the only feasable antivirus' to work on an old, old, single processor xp computer (now abandoned by microsoft mse). sure, some others still support xp, but most are far too heavy for these old beasts.

Cons

-detections could be higher.

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2 stars

"Easy to use, but seems ineffective!!"

November 27, 2013  |  By saphirerubbies

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.8

Pros

silently runs in background with no pop ups...

Cons

I have got many viruses and malware even with this running... it doesn't detect anything it seems... even when you do the manual scan!!

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4 stars

"Good Low Impact Antivirus program but see below"

October 08, 2013  |  By br2600a

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.8

Pros

Very low resource usage.

Will run under Windows Server 2003.

No annoying pop ups or nag screens.

Cons

False Positives.

No "real time" protection.

Summary

This free Anti Virus program has the lowest resource usage of any program that I have tested, probably because it does _not_ offer real time scanning.

It is also the *only* free anti virus program that will run under Windows Server 2003.

The low impact of ClamWin is due at least in part to the fact that there is no real time scanning, so users of ClamWin should be well versed in safe computing. Anything that is downloaded from the net, or even transferred over a network or USB drive should be manually scanned before opening or executing it. This is easily done by right clicking the file or folder and choosing "Scan with ClamWin Free Antivirus" from the pulldown menu.

The main problem with ClamWin and why I gave it only 3.5 stars is the high number of false positives. Make *sure* that you do not sent it to delete suspect files! Set ClamWin to "quarantine" any suspect files. Then after doing a scan if you find that one of your programs does not operate correctly, you can restore the file to the original location.

Bottom line: The first choice for someone with an older machine that can't take the overhead of real time antivirus programs, but the user must practice safe computing in order to be fully protected.

Updated on Oct 8, 2013

PS: A full scan will take several hours, but this can be scheduled for hours when nobody will be using the computer.

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5 stars

"Easy & simple. True non-commercial freeware anti-virus"

January 13, 2013  |  By boki101

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.6

Pros

Clean user interface,no ads,no problems. Light on resorces.

I like the fact that the on-line community and enthusiasts have created such a good product.

Cons

Real time scanning is limited,
but that where ultra-light Winpatrol
(link: http://download.cnet.com/WinPatrol/3000-8022_4-10129149.html )
does the job :-]

Summary

Give it a try,you won't regret it!

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5 stars

"Great if you know how to take care of your pc"

December 25, 2012  |  By barakat_khaled

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.6

Pros

doesnt slow your computer even old ones,
provide autoupdate,...

Cons

If you are the type of person who browse any where on the web without caution or using a lot of external media, email attachments,... i dont think this program alone will provide the protection you need.

Summary

I recommend if you know how to take care of your pc

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4 stars

"Love it. Basic but great"

December 20, 2012  |  By joecazzar

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.6

Pros

See summary

Cons

None that cause impact

Summary

I've installed this on a "little" Windows 2000 server I am running, and I'm happy with it so far. Installed cleanly and works for what I need it for, since other free AV's I tried to install all gave me the "not a valid Win32 application" error, even though they said they were for Windows 2K :-)I've installed this on a little Windows 2000 server I am running, and I'm happy with it so far. Installed cleanly and works for what I need it for, since other free AV's I tried to install all gave me the "not a valid Win32 application" error :-)

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5 stars

"This software is not a virus as stated by Avira user!"

November 17, 2012  |  By Rioismycat

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.6

Pros

This software works excellent!, and is not a virus as stated by Avira user!, Avira is known for false positives!, Clamwin scans, AVG, no threat found, Avast, no threat found, Zone Alarm, no threat found, Kingsoft Antivirus, no threat found!, need i say more!, if people would take the time to investigate further more software would have a better rateing!, also WOTS rateing was excellent!

Cons

I have found no cons except for other peoples mistakes!

Summary

This software is excellent if you no what your're doing!

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3 stars

"OK if you don't need to use PC in the meanwhile.."

September 15, 2012  |  By wittleghoul

 |  Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.97.5

Pros

Seems to do the job.

Cons

Scanning is EXTREMELY slow. You can direct the program to the exact file you want to scan and click Scan and it'll sit there for a half hour before it's made any progress. ***?

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher ClamWin
Publisher web site http://www.clamwin.com/
Release Date July 22, 2015
Date Added July 22, 2015
Version 0.98.7
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 103.55MB
File Name clamwin-0.98.7-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 293,394
Downloads Last Week 130
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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