Clam Win Antivirus

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 2, 2005
Updated • May 4, 2013

After a lot of people told me that I forgot to review one of the best anti-virus freeware products out there I decided to take a look at Clam Win to get a better view on the claims made. The good thing besides that its free is that it's also Open Source which makes it more transparent than the rest of the free antivirus programs where you can't analyze the code to see what is going on.

The program is easy to download and install which is also a plus, just download, double click on the downloaded tool and you are ready to go. You have the option to include different languages, the source and add windows explorer and outlook integration. I'm not using Outlook so I removed this option and left everything else untouched in the installer.

The user interface is a basic one, you don't have all the nifty buttons and fine curves that most other antivirus programs use nowadays. Clam is simply in that way, but its also fast due to this. I don't really care about looks if a program does what I expect it to do, but I know there are lots of people who like a resource eating monster like Symantec Internet Security more than a freeware program without the cool animated effects.

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You have lots of configuration options: you can set filters, email alerts, schedule scans and use a proxy for the automatic internet updates if you like. Automatic updates are a great plus for Clam, my current antivirus software that I use (AVG) does not have automatic updates, you have to start the updates manually which is a great hassle. Especially when you don´t know if there has been a update at all Update: most antivirus solution support automatic updates by now).

What I don't like about Clam is that its only having a plugin for outlook which is the most used email software of course but should not be used by anyone serious about making their PC more secure.

I can recommend Clam Win especially to users of Microsoft Outlook and users who tend to forgot to check for internet updates of their antivirus software. Resources accessed are minimal which is also a good thing for an anti-virus product.


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  1. priten said on February 8, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    I need very good virus scaning for spyware/adware

  2. John said on January 15, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    How long have you been using AVG? I have used it for over a year and it updates daily. This feature has been available since I started using it and was one of the reasons for choosing it.

  3. Brad Clarkston said on December 3, 2005 at 3:40 am

    Great post, it’s nice to see a blogger that actully reads the comments

    ClamWin is a great little AV scanner; it has a tiny footprint compared to most AV products and has a top notch engine. It uses the Linux Enterprise ClamAV engine and update system. All of their updates and core engine are GPL’ed from the ClamAV project and you can’t get better than that.

    Unfortunately it does have a few downsides.

    1.) It’s very slow at running a full system scan. That’s not normally a big deal as you turn it on and walk away.

    2.) It does not have on demand scanning yet (were it scans any file that becomes active in memory on the fly) but they are working on that part.

    3.) It does not have a pluggin for Thunderbird, which should be a criminal offence. That’s the next project after finishing the on demand scanning feature.

    Overall I recommend ClamWin for anyone wanting a good solid AV program without the extra spam/firewall/kitchen sink suites that the big $$ companies push.

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