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[Virus Scan]
« on: June 13, 2008, 12:06:25 pm »

Just a quick post. I stumbled upon this while searching for a quick way to evaluate a file's potential virus threat. is a online virus scanner site which checks a suspicious file against a whole array of know virus scanners.



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Re: [Virus Scan]
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2008, 11:48:08 am »

I dont think what virusscan-online is the best way to safe your data. Most of they say that you have a lot of virus, and should buy his programs.
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Re: [Virus Scan]
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008, 08:07:56 pm »

Why buy a virusscanner?

You are already crawling sitea for free and open source stuff just as you found coppermine.
So why not use an OS virusscanner?
There are 2 kinds of users in this world: satisfied and complainers.
Why do we never hear something from the satisfied users?

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Re: [Virus Scan]
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2008, 07:29:24 am »

Since most of you are using Windows, it's mandatory to use a good virus scanner (that is: a paid one) - the free ones don't offer the same protection level and frequency of pattern files updates. I advice not to use a suite like Norton Internet Security or similar - they use way too many resources and only lure you into believeing that there is such a thing as a full security. The most important component of the virus protection chain resides between your ears though.
The tool that Hein initially recommended is not a surrogate for a real virus scanner that permanently resides on your PC - it's an extra tool that can be usefull if your PC acts "funny" although you have a virus scanner and you therefor want a second opinion of another virus scanner. Such external extra scanners are available from some other virus scanner vendors as well (like TrendMicro's HouseCall). They are meant to be used to scan your PC for infections that might bypassed your local scanner, so they can be helpfull under certain conditions. I use such tools from time to time (I work as a sys admin for a living) - usually, if one of my roaming users who are away for longer from the company return home and complain about their notebooks acting up strangely.

The "real" anti virus products I can recommend (although each of them has got indvidual weaknesses and strengths) are:
  • TrendMicro
  • Bitdefender
  • Kaspersky
  • Panda
  • AVG
  • GData
  • Avira

The ones I can not recommed are:
  • Norton
  • McAfee
  • etrust

There is a load of other scanners that I have no experience with.



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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 08:03:31 pm »

Just a note....AVAST is a terrible antivirus suite....through personal experience. For all you Vista is a quick 10 step security checklist: Pc World Article
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