As the author of one of the AV packages, my answer may be biased, but
I'll try to answer anyways :)
Quote:> Could someone explain to me the reason why I should bother getting OS/2
> anti-virus software? I've heard that there are "three" OS/2 viruses out
> there, but I've never heard of anyone actually having one of these, nor
> have I ever heard any explanation as to what these viruses supposedly
These viruses are not in the wild, so thay shouldn't bother anyone.
Still DOS and Win16 viruses may infect your machine, while they
probably won't do as much damage as on a real DOS or Win system. But
these viruses aren't too common any more either. With Odin, I do
suspect you could be subject to Win32 viruses, and of course there are
Macro viruses that are the most common type of virus these days.
How much this will affect your system depends on what software your're
running and how often you back up. What you may want to avoid is to
pass on attachments containing viruses to others that may be running
other less imune systems. You may not need an on access scanner, but
an on demand scanner for checking attachments or files you are sharing
with other may be a good insurance.
Quote:> The primary problem with the OS/2 anti-virus software I've seen is that
> it only scans files on the hard drive. On Mac and Windows, the most
> recent AV software will actually scan your email attachments as they
> arrive (the software acts as an intermediary POP3 server). Does any
> OS/2 AV package do that?
Not quite yet, but we're working on it. We'll also handle news (nntp)
and web (http).
BUT: Since we already scan everything saved to a file (if you run the
on-access scanner), we'll still catch most e-mail viruses and infected
attachments when they're stored away by the e-mail client. Depends on
how the e-mails are stored, but in cases like PMMail, we should catch
Quote:> How about 16-bit Windows apps that I run under Win-OS/2? Won't I need a
> 16-bit AV package instead?
No, our scanners will find any kind of viruses, both 16bit, 32bit,
binary, macro, Win, DOS, Linux.... A 16 bit package will not be able
to scan large parts of your system, a native package will be able to
Quote:> And what about 32-bit apps run under Odin? Will anything protect me from
> those viruses?
Yes. Our on-demand scanners will recognize them as Win32 binaries
regardless of what system they're hosted on. Our on-access scanners
will do the same, the moment you try to access the file. This should
be the same for the other products as well.
In the end, you have to decide for yourself if you actually need an
anti virus solution or not, and which package will work the best for
you. But the day you pass on an infected powerpoint macro to a
customer or something you'll find it a cheap insurance.
For more info, and a trial download, check:
You should also find a beta of our on-access scanner there. A new beta
is going out as soon as I get time to update the docs and package it
Norman ASA -- http://www.norman.no/