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Email Anti-Virus Protection

With the great amount of viruses circulating on the Internet today, it is crucial for both individual and business users to have a reliable anti-virus protection enabled for their emails.

What is an Email Anti-virus protection?

The email correspondence is one of the basic methods of spreading viruses. Some of the most deadly email worms and Trojan horses can be delivered to your personal or office computer as an attached file in an e-mail. The Email Anti-virus protection service enables your email provider to scan automatically all your e-mails for viruses, Trojan horses and worms and block them from being delivered if a threat is found. In this way, the Anti-Virus software installed on the server helps improve the server's and your personal computer's security at once.

With ClamAV, one of the most widely used and efficient mail security solutions available online, NTC Hosting guarantees that your email addresses will be protected from any kind of threat including known and unknown viruses, worms, phishing and Trojans.

What is ClamAV?

ClamAV is an open-source solution, which is always kept up to date with the latest virus versions out there. Using ClamAV on a regular basis, our administrators scan all incoming and outgoing e-mails related to our hosting environment to make sure that your mailboxes stay away from any unsolicited attack. The service includes a link following functionality, checking for infected URLs contained in the emails, detection of new threats, as well as detailed and scheduled reporting.

How to get an Anti-Virus protected mailbox

If your mailbox is hosted on a server or VPS which doesn't run Anti-Virus software, it is highly recommended that you get a virus-protection package. The installation of the popular, open-source ClamAV program on an Ubuntu web server can be done in a few simple steps. First, you can obtain the ClamAV package from the Universe repository using the apt-get command:

An example of how to install ClamAV

sudo apt-get install clamav

If you install the 'clamav' package you should run the ClamAV software manually using a command line. For example, you need to run 'freshclam' to update the virus definitions and 'clamscan' to scan you mailboxes.

If you want to set the ClamAV application for a more regular use, you can install the ClamAV's daemon package instead.

An example of how to install the ClamAV Daemon

sudo apt-get install clamav-daemon

The daemon will always run as a system service. This will allow the ClamAV package to automatically update its definitions and scan all incoming e-mails.