On 12/4/2007 12:56 PM, Andrew Crawford rambled on about ...:
>>> Those looking for a free solution might also want to check out the
>>> ClamWin anti-virus scanner:
>>> http://www.clamwin.com/ <http://www.clamwin.com/>
>> Are you using ClamWin and, if so, what do you think of its capabilities?
>>> Andrew Crawford
>> Pat Swovelin
>> Cool Guy @ Large
> I am only using ClamWin as a secondary malware scanning tool on a custom
> Windows PE boot disc. It seems to work pretty well for that. My chief
> complaint is not really specific to ClamWin: the different scanners all
> use different names for the malware, making it difficult to find enough
> information to actually remove some malware items (from other people's
> computers ...).
> ClamWin can be used as an active real-time scanner on Windows
> workstations. From my limited experience with that, it seems to work
> okay. Have you had a different experience?
No, my only use of it is on a USB drive with PortableApps for when I'm
on the road and can't take my notebook with me.
> I do use ClamAV on my Linux-based file servers to do regular scans of
> all user data.
> More to the main topic of the thread: there are various built-in
> services that can be disabled, which may also improve performance some:
Great stuff, thanks.
> The thing I see slowing down most Windows machines the most is all the
> unnecessary hidden things running - MSFT Messenger, Adobe Acrobat
> Assistant, MSFT Office Quick Launch, etc. Stuff like that eats up the
> RAM and, sometimes, the CPU time, too.
> Honestly, it takes a few hours to un-gunk a new Windows XP installation
> to where it performs optimally - even those that come pre-installed on
> new machines. That's a task that is beyond most normal users. Even for
> computer professionals, it takes some work to sort out how to do it. I
> expect most people here are at least "power users" and can probably
> manage, with some research.
And help from people like yourself.
> Andrew Crawford
Cool Guy @ Large