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Anti-virus addon

Printed From: LogSat Software
Category: Spam Filter ISP
Forum Name: Spam Filter ISP Support
Forum Description: General support for Spam Filter ISP
Printed Date: 21 August 2018 at 12:12pm

Topic: Anti-virus addon
Posted By: Guests
Subject: Anti-virus addon
Date Posted: 23 June 2004 at 10:32pm


As a new feature it would be great to have a way to kick off a anti-virus scan on the incoming email once the messages have gotten through all the filters.  Some kind of hook that we could run what ever anti-virus program we want (command line version) or even two different ones.  Can something like this be done?



Posted By: LogSat
Date Posted: 24 June 2004 at 1:00am


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Roberto F.
LogSat Software

Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 26 June 2004 at 5:27pm

I would actually prefer that SpamFilter does not get any "fatter". It does a lot already. 

Use McAfee WebShield or similar SMTP service by an anti virus company. You could even do this on the same server running WebShield on an alternate port and have SpamFilter send email to localhost:alternateport so then WebShield scans for viruses and then relays to your mail server.

New features in SpamFilter should focus on the ever changing SPAM challenge. That's a huge undertaking in itself.  SpamFilter should not be a "kitchen sink" strategy or we'll all be running QUAD XEON processors soon just to move a few email transactions per minute.


Posted By: JimMeredith
Date Posted: 27 June 2004 at 4:38pm


The concern about SpamFilter getting "fatter" is a legitimate concern, but in this situation, there's nothing to worry about.  Roberto has already said that this capability will be added as a plug-in feature -- an optional feature for SpamFilter, not something that is going to bulk-up the code base, slow down the application or make all SpamFilter users pay for a feature that only a subset of SpamFilter users will want.

Personally, I'm looking forward to the eventual release of this capability.  I am currently using an older (unsatisfactory) mail filtering solution in series behind SpamFilter, but have turned-off everything but the antivirus it provides (because antivirus is just about the only thing that works reliably on this filtering solution).  I am *definitely* going to replace it with something else.  As a customer of LogSat for nearly two years, I have come to trust the reliability of their product and the fairness of their pricing policy, and would give them the "first shot" at selling me a replacement solution.  If I can incorporate antivirus into SpamFilter, I could completely eliminate this old filtering software, and the server it is running on.

And if LogSat comes up with a way to let users like me (and many other users who have asked for antivirus) install it as a plug-in, but not force other users to install and/or pay for something that they don't want or need, then it becomes a win-win situation for every one of us.


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