Vanquishing Viruses: A Primer for the Hunter
Consider yourself under the threat of constant attack—viruses aren’t going away. Here, we examine five network anti-virus solutions that can aid you in your fight.
- By Chip Andrews
PC-cillin is yet another virus scanner hoping to cash
in on the feature-hungry crowd. It supports limited POP3
email virus scanning (Outlook Express 4.01 and above and
Eudora 4.0 and above only); Internet download scans; and
Web site filtering by IP address. As a welcome new feature,
PC-cillin supports the download of virus updates incrementally,
so it’s not necessary to download the entire virus list
at every update.
PC-cillin’s standout features include a highly configurable
scan manager (scheduler), detailed event logs for each
scan type, and myriad virus update options.
PC-cillin’s virus scanner and real-time scanner have
a solid look and feel and perform well, but like many
of the other packages tested, seem painfully slow when
scanning ZIP files. I also found PC-cillin slow to recover
when a scan was canceled.
|PC-cillin offers granular
scheduling, plus a slick incremental download feature
that keeps package updates small for users with slow
Internet connections. (Click image to view larger
Still, PC-cillin is a solid
contender overall in the anti-virus protection arena and
is a good fit for small to medium shops and even home
users seeking power with simplicity.
Chip Andrews, MCSE+I, MCDBA is a software security architect at (Clarus Corp.). Chip maintains the (sqlsecurity.com) Web site and speaks at security conferences on SQL Server security issues.