Protect Your PC with ClamAV and AVG Anti-Virus Software

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I’ve been meaning to write about a couple of anti-virus software for a while now, but my reviews and giveaways blog is sucking up all my free time. Anyhow, a few months ago my blogs were hacked multiple times. Initially I thought a hacker found an exploit in WordPress or in one of the plugins I was using. But the hacks were actually the result of a trojan on my primary computer. I was using Windows Defender at the time and the program detected the trojan and quarantined it. But the next time I started Windows, the trojan reappeared and my sites were hacked again. After I surfed the net, I found two free anti-virus programs that I want to share with you guys.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
AVG Anti-Virus softwareI like this software. AVG detected the trojan and also prevented it from reinstalling. After I installed AVG on my computer, I didn’t see the trojan again and extra scripts stopped injecting themselves into the files of my blogs. One of those nice features of AVG is the ability to slow down or speed up the computer scan. I like to move it to the slowest scan setting when I’m doing something on the computer. And when I head downstairs for dinner, I move the setting to the fastest scan setting. It’s a very useful feature. Another nice thing about the free version is that it doesn’t nag you to upgrade to the paid version. Here are some other features of AVG:

  • Protection against viruses and spyware
  • Stay safe on social networks like Facebook
  • Ensure websites are safe before visiting them
  • Keep your identity safe whenever you go online

AVG also has a couple of paid versions. Here are some additional features of AVG Internet Security:

  • Download and exchange files safely
  • Stay protected against instant messaging viruses
  • Free 24/7 expert technical support
  • Stop hackers from getting inside your computer
  • Keep your email safe and block spam

ClamAV open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkitClamAV is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit. I heard good things about Clam AntiVirus so I actually installed this software before I tried AVG. At first I didn’t think it worked too well because it didn’t detect the trojan on my system (even when I ran a full scan). I was about to uninstall it when I discovered it’s real strength: e-mail scanning. I had problems with Gmail one day so I launched Microsoft Mail, which promptly downloaded all the virus-infected emails that Gmail wouldn’t download. Clam AntiVirus quickly stepped in and quarantined the viruses before they infected my computer. Thank you ClamAV!

You know what else is great about ClamAV? It won’t interfere with other anti-virus software. As a result, you can run more than one anti-virus programs at the same time (I have AVG and ClamAV running at the same time on my computers). Here are some other features of ClamAV:

  • Command-line scanner
  • Fast, multi-threaded daemon with support for on-access scanning
  • Milter interface for sendmail
  • Advanced database updater with support for scripted updates and digital signatures
  • Virus scanner C library
  • On-access scanning (Linux and FreeBSD)
  • Virus database updated multiple times per day
  • Built-in support for various archive formats, including Zip, RAR, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, OLE2, Cabinet, CHM, BinHex, SIS and others
  • Built-in support for almost all mail file formats
  • Built-in support for ELF executables and Portable Executable files compressed with UPX, FSG, Petite, NsPack, wwpack32, MEW, Upack and obfuscated with SUE, Y0da Cryptor and others
  • Built-in support for document formats like MS Office and MacOffice files, HTML, RTF and PDF

Anyone out there have other recommendations?

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