> Does anyone here use Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for OS/2? If so, could
> you please give me your opinion of it, in terms of:
> 1. How good is it compared to other OS/2 anti-virus products.
> 2. How good of an anti-virus product is it?
> 3. How good of an OS/2 application is it?
> Does it have a command-line interface? I'd like to be able to use it from
> Rexx scripts.
3. I use it here, and it seems to work well. I've only used it as a
scanner and not as a background watchdog. It does have both a PM and
cammand-line interface. The "Virus Encyclopedia" of the OS/2 version
appears to be somewhat out of date. However, the the anti-virus engine
is the same as for the Windows product. It will not bowl you over as a
great OS/2 product you can use to show off what a great user interface
OS/2 has. However, that is not something I look for in an antivirus
product. It does what it's supposed to do and appears to do it
2. It has always had a good reputation as one of the best antivirus
products around. I'm not an anti-virus expert, but it appears to have a
good reputation among anti-virus experts.
1. I don't know. The only other OS/2 anti-virus product I've used is
McAfee which appears to be generally regarded as a mediocre anti-virus
Dr. Solomon was purchased by Network Associates (McAfee's parent) maybe
about a year ago. I suspect that this is a bad sign, though probably
not as bad a sign as IBM AV being purchased by Symantec. For now, I'm
taking an "If it ain't broke (yet), don't fix it (yet)" approach.
There are two other possibilities worth looking into.
F-prot. See http://www.commandcom.com/html/products/fprot.html
I believe this is (or at least was) supposed to be somewhat weak on
type of virus (IIRC, polymorphic viruses) but otherwise has an very
anti-virus reputation. I think that it's orginater is supposed to be
of the big heros of the anti-virus field. I haven't tried the OS/2
F-secure. See http://www.datafellows.com/anit-virus/prodinfo/
This supposedly combines the anti-virus engines of F-prot (see above)
AVP has an excellent anti-virus reputation. I used to use an old DOS
AVP (and of F-prot), but have not tried this DataFellows combined
The old DOS versions of f-prot and AVP had command line versions. I
don't knonw whether current OS/2 versions of F-prot or F-secure do.
"The actual user of the PC -- someone who can do anything they want --
is the enemy." -- David Aucsmith, Intel Corporation
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