Monday, January 15, 2007


Clamwin, the only free Anti Virus for Windows 2003

I have used AVG for a while on my Windows 2003 laptop, but AVG is dropping support for free AVG in the new 7.5 version. Avast does not install on Win2k3 either so the only free alternative I have found is ClamWin, that offers:

  • High detection rates for viruses and spyware;

  • Scanning Scheduler

  • Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.

  • Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;

  • Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

Note that it does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

YMMV as the addin seriously slows down Outlook on my laptop. It should be OK on faster machines though.

Thanks for the tip Michele


  1. Just a comment - the statement about AVG not being free in version 7.5 is simply not true. AVG Free edition 7.1 will not be supported as of February 18th and you have to install the new version - but it is still free.


  2. Sorry if I was not clear in my post. AVG is free on some operating systems like Windows XP but it is NOT free on Windows 2003.