ClamAV Antivirus Add-In?

A few months back I was tinkering with creating Windows Home Server Add-Ins in Visual Studio.  I started work on an Anti-Virus Add-In based around ClamAV, the open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit.  I’m considering continuing the project and I’m interested to know how much interest there would be in such an Add-In.  If you would use such an Add-In then please leave a comment below.

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  1. Richard says:

    Hi Al,

    That sounds like a great idea – what kind of functionality are you planning for your Add-In?


  2. fate says:


    I would definitely be interested in such an add-in!

  3. Al, I have taken the liberty of putting up a post on We Got Served asking for anyone there who is interested to head here and add themselves to the list. I would also like to see this happen.

  4. Phil says:

    I too would like to see such an add in

  5. Thomas says:

    Of course there will be very much interessts.

    I think its the first open source and that definitily will be cool.

    Especially with special features like: Scanning clients before a backup automatically at night.

  6. val says:

    would be interested in trying add-in out. im looking at AV app to use and have not decided which to use. maybe clamav would be a good app to try out.

  7. Paul says:

    I would definitely use such an add-in – great idea!

  8. Christophe says:

    Just starting with HP EX490, this will definetely be a very important point …

  9. Thomas says:

    Big interest here for such addin!!

  10. Bob Crook says:

    More importantly for non-profit environments where WHSes are used for computer lab environments this would be a boon. FYI – Anyone using Symantec Endpoint Protection software you should install an unmanaged client with just AV chosen.

  11. Ed Reames says:

    We would use such an add-in as a back up for the Security Essentials running on the machines being backed up.

  12. Jeff Beckitt says:

    Yes, I think there would be a lot of interest in an open source AV solution to compete with other COTS options…

  13. Matthew says:

    would be nice.

  14. Sean says:

    Most certainly! I think the community can benefit from the open source aspect of this – especially running as a service on WHS.

  15. lordzurp says:

    Hi !
    I’m very interesting by a WHS version of clamAV !
    currently running clamAV on whs with RDC to scan new stuff on my server

    Ti nicO

  16. Raul says:

    Hell yeah, there is no free antivirus for WHS right now, it would be a great thing for the community

  17. dvn says:

    +1 to all the above. Do it!

  18. BWentler says:

    I currently has installed and using WinClam 0.95.3 but the problem with it is you need to use the console (either remote or local) to update & run scans. I would love to use ClamAV via plug-in to do all my updates and schedule scans!!!!

    Another thing would be a TSR/Realtime scanner for ClamAV!!!!

  19. dave says:

    I’ve used it for a few years now and I have never had a problem with it.

  20. Pzych0 says:

    I’m very interesting by a WHS version of clamAV

  21. kevin says:

    +1 for me to – great to see a WHS version of clamAV – Specially if it designed to run on your WHS box without hindering performance and WHS integrity.

  22. Jeb says:

    Wow – great idea! I’ve had good success with ClamAV and would love to run it on my WHS.

  23. Ian says:

    I have been using and advocating Clamwin on WHS for some time. I’ve used ofr about 2 years without a glitch.

    So – yes an addin would make life a little easier.

  24. Rob a says:

    Yeah, sounds good. And would be great to see the source & contribute too!

  25. Sheldon Rosenberg says:

    I have been using clamav on my ubuntu server and another Unix SA from a previous job used it on our solaris server. I have been looking for a free solution at the moment since I am unemployed and am a security nut. I would definitely be interested. Please do and thank you if you do.

  26. Martin says:

    Yes, i already thought about testing ClamAV several times but didn’t make it for different reasons. An add-in version would be very interesting!!

  27. Ben D says:

    I’d use it if it’s done

  28. Craig says:

    I would definitely be interested in a Clam AV add in. Thanks for taking the time to do something like this.

  29. Jim Collison says:

    You kidding? Great idea!

  30. Zack says:

    I need this..

  31. Luke T says:

    Would also be interested in the plugin, good luck

  32. DJR says:

    Very interested. Thanks for asking. Please let me know when it is ready!

  33. Just remember to exclude c:\fs\*\de\, d:\de\ and D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4}

  34. montgom says:


  35. Ka Lam says:

    This would be very interesting to have.

  36. M Sun says:

    That would be awesome actually. Would definitely install if one was made.

  37. Z Lah says:

    I would like to have that add-in if you make it.
    1. It should have in one of its tabs the current version of the software install on the machine.
    2. Run the virus scan (remotly – I do not schedule)
    With the log of progress and findings.

  38. Carl Brown says:

    I have tried the McAfee version and am totally disgusted with its operation (or lack thereof). I wiould support you in this endeavor .

  39. Dave A. says:

    With the installation of hmailserver which uses ClamAV antivirus I think it would be a big plus as I have installed but have to use either the Admin addin or drop to the desktop on WHS.

  40. Fredrik says:

    Sounds interesting…I would be interested!! Looking forward to a great AV-add-in…

  41. Brant chen says:

    Yes, it is what I need. While it is done, I won’t need to log-in my WHS by remote control to check the ClamAV status any more.

  42. Orlando says:

    This would be a great add-in to have.
    Currently I am running Avast trial on my WHS which is going to expire next month and I am planning on purchasing it even though you posted a link in the past couple of weeks about false positives…..

    I didn’t experience the issue though… I don’t run backups on my systems though. I use WHS as a repository.

  43. Hans says:

    That would be a great thing to have. I’v got Clamwin installed on my WHS server but sure could use an add-in to control it.

  44. Caddyl says:

    That would definitely be a great add-in for the home server!

  45. Troy says:

    Count me in!

  46. Jim says:

    Agree with all above. Is an excellent option. If a time table for runtime is included (suggestion), would be a ‘must have’ add-in. Thanks for providing!

  47. Scooter says:

    Yes, Yes… YES

    This would be a GREAT addin

  48. Mattias says:

    A great idea!

  49. TK says:

    For sure. I’m going commando right now and it’s a bit, um, breezy. Would love an add-in friendly ClamAV to snug things up a bit.

  50. thekaz says:

    I vote YES on a Clam Addin :o)

  51. steve says:

    ClamAV is always a good option. I assume it would only be an on-demand scanner like the ClamAV normally is?

  52. Mathew says:

    I vote YES !!!

  53. […] scanning file servers.  It has been ported to many different operating systems, and now following this posting here on MSWHS,  it has been implemented on Windows Home Server as WHSClamAV courtesy of one of our software […]

  54. nigel Jones says:

    Is here the right place to discuss?

    You mentioned it scans

    I’m new to WHS but have been very careful with a few scripts I have (specifically for ssh/rsync based backup using SFU) to only use the UNC paths, ie /net/myserver/share or \\myserver\share, since drive extender manages the sym link etc underneath the covers.

    Is it safe to access d:\shares directly. I feel very uncomfortable about that, but perhaps I shouldn’t be?

  55. nigel Jones says:

    Thanks. I started the scan on “sys” (which seems to include c:\fs\xxx) on my EX490 with 1+1.5Tb, of which 26% is used.

    The scan has been running around 18 hours — it is making progress, but very slow. Of course that’s clamwin, not the plugin.

  56. nigel Jones says:

    Turns out that my clamscanlog.txt has had no additions since 18:07 yesterday. It’s now 12:09 and clamwin is still running (checked with task manager via RDP) and taking 100% cpu

    Have now killed it, although neither of the status/buttons on the clamav plugin are claiming either the updater or scanner is idle

    Ran mem test ok, now trying a scan of DATA. (I don’t know WHS well, but with 2 drives what’s the relationship of C:\fs\xxxx (reparse point) to d:\ ?

  57. nigel Jones says:

    Having read the original article & screenshots, I think “scan system” should exclude c:\fs ?

  58. LoneWolf says:

    You are the MAN. Thank you for taking the time to make this very useful add-in for Windows Home Users. I get to use an Open-Source product I like (ClamWin) and in an easy manner, thanks to you.

    I appreciate your work, as I’m sure everyone else here does.

  59. Bob says:

    Would be very interested in a free open source option, just starting out with WHS so would like to get it protected without too much further outlay.



  60. kurt says:

    Hi Al,

    that is the Add-In I am looking for.
    Great Idea !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope your are able to realize the next version with virus removal soon.

    Best regards from Germany


  61. Travis says:

    Great IDEA!!! I would totally use it!

  62. Louis BERUT says:

    Hi Al,

    This is what i was looking for since a long time.
    Keep up the good work.

    Best regard from France.


  63. Jonathon Racine says:

    I think this would be awsome as I cant seem to find any great free options. Thank you for your time spent on this project.

    Thanks again!

  64. Mike Matthews says:

    Excellent from what I have seen so far, keep up the great work …


  65. amazingly superb product… keep up the good work. I was about to buy McAfee for WHS that is shipped with EX495… now I’ll donate the same for this project… I encourage others to do the same… support good projects

  66. luke newmann says:

    installing clam now, hope it works, will help me sleep better at night! Looking forward to your next release!

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