Sunday, August 9, 2009

ClamWin - Free Open Source Portable Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Program

After a while, I have decided to compile a totally fresh and updated collection of the free portable utilities, which can be carried on my 32GB USB stick to repair computers as for my clients, as for my personal purposes. This time, I decided to be more selective, choosing the software, loaded on the stick, since I noticed that I have not used more than half of the utilities, I had on my previous USB toolkit. Definitely, one of the most important sections of the collection is Anti-virus programs, since virus infection is one of the most frequent problems, customers experience now. After some online investigation, I have found that the most popular free portable antivirus program is ClamWin. And I want to briefly present it in this post.

ClamWin is free, open source antivirus software for Microsoft Windows. It provides a graphical user interface to the ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus) engine. The virus/spyware database is constantly maintained by a group of volunteers, and you can always get the latest updates via the Internet. Note that ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner i.e. you need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

ClamWin Portable is a portable wrapper for ClamWin. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.

It features:
  • Simple and easy understandable GUI.
  • High detection rates for viruses and spyware.
  • Regular virus database updates. ClamAV team regularly updates virus databases to include a new virus/variant immediately after it appears.
  • Standalone Virus Scanner.
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