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ClamWin Antivirus

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  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 107 votes

    • 5 star: 35
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 19
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 16
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Maybe one day..."

    March 7, 2006  |   By tazio1968

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    This is the ONLY real free AV in the net. An interesting example of open source. Light and with continuous updates of the virus database

    Cons

    No real time protection, slow scan, poor interface, but the project is young

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  • 3.0 stars

    "does it job but is missing some things"

    March 2, 2006  |   By davaal

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    i love the firefox extention - clamglue - that works with it. it found viruses on a HDD i've had for YEARS and run atleast 15 different types of scans on.

    Cons

    it doesnt give you a lot of information. i could never tell if it had run a scan or not. i looked into the log and could see that it'd found a virus - but then it didnt tell me what it did with it. so i checked my preferences where i chose to have virus deleted immediately - so i assume they were deleted. they need some sort of interface that reassures us that something was done.

    the scans take a looooong time. a scan that i scheduled at 430am was still choking my CPU at 6am when i got up. thats unacceptable - it was only a 20gb HD.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great on demand scanner"

    February 21, 2006  |   By p0pd0g

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    Great little freeware on demand scanner for checking any suspect files before opening. Also integrates with Outlook to scan your email. Not heavy on the resources and doesn't nag about anything.

    Cons

    Very slow to do a full system scan but then this isn't really what it seems to have been designed for.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "a hopeful antivirus"

    January 29, 2006  |   By sassy19a

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    finally an open source antivirus project. User interface is easy to master & I esp like the feature to pinpoint down to a specific in ur com to scan for viruses.

    Cons

    the virus database is not v extensive. I downloaded 14 different virus/trojans but it only detected 5. I wished theres a link on the virus detected to its website describing its specific potency. But still, I'm hopeful wif this AV on continously improvement.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It has good points and BAD points"

    January 21, 2006  |   By Minor Tron God

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    1st this is V .83, and V .88 is available @ clamwin.com as of eailer this month. Probably the best aspect of this app is being open source and an ongoing project is the fact that the virus database could one of the most current and updated around. Simple IF, 1 click for the most part(always a plus). For what it is it's OK but not one for anyone serious about on the fly virus protection. For real protection for "Free" Avast or AVG( my personal favorite) are what you need.

    Cons

    Extremely slow virus scan( at least 3X slower than most), although it is a complete one. Updating is somewhat cumbersome (real slow), but frequent virus updates always there. The bigest thing is there is a new version available about every 2 months or so, so you always need the new version to be current.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best FREE antivirus program out there in the market"

    January 19, 2006  |   By OCHockey

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    The program is so easy to install. Best part is that you don't have to check it for updates. The interface has a lot of features you can use compared to other virus programs, minus all the extras loaded when windows opens up. Norton implements too many resources. We had to uninstall it and find a opensource/freeware virus program. This is sooo good. You can set the updates every time you logon or daily. Schedule scans when away from computer. You can even email an alert on virus detection. I can go on, but I think I will stop now and let the user download it and try it out for themselves. Good luck!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Cool in develop antivirus"

    January 15, 2006  |   By Juan Jose Flores

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    This is antivirus was recomended to me by a guy from job, we all at the office use it because of it's low resources requirements and dayly updates.

    Cons

    You can't specify the program what action to take with each infected file, you just can select a default option.

    Sometimes actualization mirrors are down

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It didn't find the virus in three files (it didn't any)"

    December 15, 2005  |   By avimanu

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    hmm... its free and small size to download

    Cons

    Well, i knew a folder which contained virus but this anti-virus didn't detect any. Since I was only testing it, I DID keep my other anti-virus activated. After I scanned the folder (containing the virus) but unfortunately it didn't find any. Immediately I scanned with 'Anti-Vir', another free AV and it detect and deleted the virus (as usual).

    Even when this Anti-Virus was activated, for some reasons, it didn't detect the viruses.

    Maybe it needs a bigger virus database.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Like its design"

    November 4, 2005  |   By furring98

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    Overall, i like the software but can't say i 'love'.

    It is very simple to use, to more options u need to set, all are automaticlly. Autoupdate, e-mail scanner, real-time. But it is a small program. Startup fast unlike

    the popular antivirus, Norton, etc.

    Has all of a basic antivirus needs.

    Open source project, hope it as popular as firefox.

    Cons

    Scans computer slow. Is a new born software,

    so it doesn't as good as AVG, Avast!. Need a lot of improvements. It has a unfriendly interface. Just has 2 tasks: Scan and Update, too less its features. But may be this is good for others who unlike to do more setting. I wish 1.0 will improve a lot!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A free AV that was not troublesome and did an excellent job"

    August 25, 2005  |   By Ripple64

    Version: ClamWin Antivirus 0.83

    Pros

    Identified all 50+ viruses - sampling of worms, Trojans, email phishes - tested against it.

    -- Prompt updates

    -- Easy and trouble free operation

    -- Not in the virus/AV run for the money scam

    -- Linux and Windows versions

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