Windows is a proprietary operating system and it rarely comes with open source products and barely you see products that are based on open source GPL license build specifically for this platform. This is because Windows is a self-contained OS and it comes with all that is needed and sometimes much more that it needed. ClamWin is a well known antivirus solution that is distributed under the GPL license and is targeted to the PC market only. It's called as ClamWin AV, in short.
Some Important Stuff
- It provides high detection rates for viruses and spyware. This owes to its back-end engine called ClamWin AV. It allows automatically download of virus databases whenever they become available online.
- It has a standalone virus scanner in cases where you cannot connect to the internet for a cloud based scanning system. It provides right-click integration to Windows Explorer.
- It can also be added to Microsoft Outlook by which it can scan attachments for potential threats. This is an essential feature specific to Windows. Usually email service providers like Gmail will have a scanning system, but they are restricted to a certain size only. In case you send a large attachment with OneDrive, ClamWin AV can help you here.
ClamWin is a powerful engine but it does not include a real-time scanner and hence you need to manually scan your system when you desire. The latest version available for download is 0.98.7. Therefore, scheduling a scan will automate this process to keep your system safe from viruses and spyware.
It has become an industry standard in last years because it is a truly available alternative that is completely free, as in freedom, of charge. It means that you can easily redistribute it, get regular updates and always remain up to date with regard to virus databases. It has over 600,000 users worldwide who use it on a daily basis. The installer is an easy to use. Installing open source code is usually a hectic and this is one major issue why people prefer others. But, ClamWin is made simple to use in this respect too.
It supports all major and minor releases of Windows starting from XP and to even its servers like Windows Server 2012. This makes it one of the best and completely free of charge antivirus solution for a proprietary platform, Windows, without a hefty price tag.
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