ClamWin Free Antivirus
ClamWin Free Antivirus is a freeware antivirus product that comes with regular definition updates, powerful scanning tools and a dedicated task scheduler.
Although it's supposed to perform such an important task, that of defending your computer of malicious files, ClamWin Free Antivirus has a rather old interface.
It helps the app get the job done, that's true, but it's pretty far from what we’ve seen in other antivirus products out there.
The main window allows you to pick a location to scan, but also offers you access to the update tool in order to get the latest virus definitions as fast as possible.
There's one major downside to ClamWin Free Antivirus: it doesn't provide real-time protection, so if you want to find and clean and infected file, you have to do it manually. Pick the folder where you believe the virus resides and scan it, ClamWin Free Antivirus knows what to do next.
The scanning process is fast, but the application requires a moderate amount of computer resources, so older systems may be stressed up a little bit.
On the other hand, make sure to have a look in the settings menu. There are tons of options in there, including dedicated tools for the Internet updates, proxy servers, scheduled scans, email scanning and reports.
ClamWin Free Antivirus can take care of your email client as well, checking incoming messages to make sure they're clean.
The installer also comprises a third-party toolbar and attempts to change the default search provider in your browser, so pay attention to every single step when setting up the program.
All in all, ClamWin Free Antivirus is a good project but still needs a lot of improvements. And the first aspect to work on is definitely an implementation of real-time shields.
Also available: Portable ClamWin Free Antivirus