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Iím desperate in search of the best SMTP gateway virus scanner. Our current virus scanner ( http://www.gfi.com/mailsecurity ) runs on MS Windows 2000 Server and believe me, its goanna make ...
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    Desperate in search of the best SMTP gateway virus scanner!!


    Iím desperate in search of the best SMTP gateway virus scanner. Our current virus scanner (http://www.gfi.com/mailsecurity) runs on MS Windows 2000 Server and believe me, its goanna make you more nervous every day: not stable, not fast, not 100%.
    I decided to take a look at Red Hat Linux 9, configured Sendmail on it as a mail relay server, installed a demo of Vexira virus scanner (http://www.centralcommand.com) and tested it. It is fast and filtered every fake and real virus that Iíve sent to it for testing. But I still donít know if itís the best virus scanner for Linux and that it can keep my Microsoft domain 100% free from viruses. F-secure claims to be the best (http://www.f-secure.com), but it seems not when reviewing the awards on http://www.virusbtn.com/. Vexira isnít listed there at all. I read that RAV (http://www.ravantivirus.com) was the best, but not anymore since Microsoft bought it (did they?). Maybe you all can help me out and give some good advice? I appreciate it!

    Thank you in advance!

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    Since I am fortunate enough not to have M$ clients on my network, I have not had to worry about such things. However, if I were you, I would continue to try out that Vexira program for a while. Since it's yielding such good inital results, isn't it better to keep evaluating it than to go on using that W2k virus scanner?

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    I did not make a final decision about the options yet, but I think it will be using a Linux server or outsourcing it. I think its goanna be Linux.
    I did some tests with Vexira for WinXP. Results: can't get worse. Manual and auto update failed a few times and although it claims that it can scan mime files, it cannot! I'll keep on testing Vexira for Linux mail servers, since I believe that the XP results can't be used to qualify the Linux scanners of the same product.

    Iím having this idea to use more then one virus scanner, al using different ports, on one Linux machine (e.g. Vexira(25) -> F-Secure(725) -> Sendmail(825) -> Delivery). What is your opinion?

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    Well, let's just say it's your money to waste. =)
    If you find it justifying to use several virus scanners, then I say go for it. I wouldn't, but that's just because I'd think it would be overkill. There's nothing wrong with it technically, though, except possibly for the fact that it could be quite hardware-intensive.

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