ClamWin is a free antivirus software based on ClamAV engine. It uses GNU General Public License by the Free Software Foundation. It supports Microsoft Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / Me / 2000 / 98 and Windows Server 2012, 2008 and 2003.
ClamWin Free Antivirus is one of the best-known among free protection software. It’s used by more than 600,000 users worldwide on a daily basis. As you can guess, it’s perfect for novice users: it comes with an easy installer and open source code. After you download it, you can run it free of charge forever.
Maybe it’s not the best choice, but nonetheless ClamAV is an excellent tool that assures a scanning scheduler that lets you set the frequency of the scan (hourly, daily, workdays or weekly), the time and the location of the folder you want to be checked, automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database, high detection rates for viruses and spyware; a Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to the browser, and an add-on to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically. In the settings menu, we can also find dedicated tools for proxy servers, Internet updates, and reports.
Talking about downsides, we must notice ClamWin Free Antivirus doesn’t provide real-time protection: to detect a virus or spyware, you have to scan manually a file and manually remove the virus.The scanning process is quite fast, but the software needs a moderate amount of computer resources.
ClamWin is a basic but reasonable alternative to the subscription-based premium tools, but it’s best for infrequently used machines as second PCs or for a temporary period.
|Usability: 6.5 /10||Speed: 6 /10||Features: 7 /10||Support: 6 /10||Price: 10 /10|