Antivirus to scan files before going onto a Windows machine: clamav?

John Nielsen lists at
Sat Apr 29 13:12:55 UTC 2006

On Saturday 29 April 2006 09:06, Jim Stapleton wrote:
> Anyone have experience with ClamAV? Good, Bad, Ugly?
> Should I use something else, or is the only good alternative
> pay/expensive (such as avast)?
> Am I better at leaving the antivirus stuff to the Windows machine
> (which has McAfee Enterprise)?

I use ClamAV to scan all incoming e-mail on my mailserver with very good 
results.  I haven't ever used it as a file-scanner but I imagine it would 
serve adequately.

I frequently use AVG antivirus as well.  Their "free" edition is free to 
download and use at home on a single computer.  See 
for more info.  The non-free versions are more reasonably priced and (IMO) 
in some ways superior to the other Windows AV products I've used, most 
notably in ease-of-use and staying up-to-date.


> Background:
> System lags occasionally, and has crashed a few times, and is getting
> disk errors (both HDs, one IDE, one SATA started this at the same
> time). I suspect the motherboard, but can't be certain, could be Mem
> or PSU.
> Could also be virus.
> So, I want to scan my backed up files while reinstalling Windows on
> the other machine, before letting them go back home to play.
> Thanks
> -Jim
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