mail shields/guards and web-based mail service

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by coldplay, Apr 3, 2007.

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  1. coldplay

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    Almost every paid AV and some free AVs have mail shield/guard service.
    And many users of those AVs also using web-based mail service like Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. These web-based mail service all have Enterprise level AV scan emails. So my question is: do we still need mail shields/guards on our AVs? Isn't enterprise level AV superior than personal level AV? well, to make things easy , lets say we dont use outlook and its likes, we only use Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.
     
  2. Arin

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    You are quite safe that way. But its always good to consult two different experts. One from yahoo/gmail/hotmail and one from your computer. I wouldn't say enterprise level AVs are superior than personal ones as they mostly use the same engine/technology.
     
  3. lodore

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    a while ago there was a virus that yahoo scanning engine found (symantec)
    but couldnt remove it.
    at the time i had f-secure on my pc it found the threat and removed it.
    so its better to have mail scanning on your pc as well.
    lodore
     
  4. coldplay

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    Are you talking about spams:cautious:
     
  5. ethan_arends

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    The mail shields/guards from rezident av/suite is useless if u don't use outlook, thunderbird or any other mail client that is install on your comp.
    When u check your web-mail(yahoo, hotmail, gmail) with IE/Opera/Firefox is like u surf normaly on internet.
    U can read your web-mail with mail shields/guards off. And when u download an attachment is the rezident av that scan the file, not the mail shields/guards.
    And lodore, when the yahoo scanning engine(norton) has found a virus on an attachment, it won't let u download it.;)
     
  6. Woody777

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    I have often believed that indeed Web based mail services are better. It would seem to me that your computer is protected by another layer of security. Iodore is however correct. I also have a service that is protected by yahoo's security (at&t ) There have been times when my wifes outlook express was in fact not protected by my isps mail security. NOD32 took care of the matter quickly. There have also been a few times when NOD 32 used its hueristics to stop unknown virii. Indeed a short time later I would get a virus update from ESET. I feel that Outlook Express is one of the biggest failings of security applications. The amount of junk passed around by people guarantees malware of fertile new avenues to propagate. In a related note we get so much spam (some infected with viruses) that I need a good spam filter. It is becoming clear that Zone Alarm's Mail Frontier spam filter is not working very well. Does anyone know of a similar filter for free that needs little or no user intervention that we can use for awhile until ESET's new security Suite comes out to a full release?
     
  7. WSFuser

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    if you have webmail and dont use email clients, then no a mail scanner is not necessary.
    afaik, an enterprise av uses teh same antivirus engine as consumer av.
     
  8. coldplay

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    I would definitely delete mailguard module of Antivir PP if I am not so much hating the big red "mailguard is not installed" section.
     
  9. lodore

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    lies it did let me download it.
    it said norton tryed to disenfect it but failed so part of it is still there so be careful.
    i was using outlook express at the time.
    lodore
     
  10. WSFuser

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    so you were using a email client?

    if access yahoo mail using the site, then it wont let you download infected objects.
     
  11. ethan_arends

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    You can live with "the big red":D and since avmailc.exe use 256k (on my comp) you can even install the mail shield.

    Lodore u said "norton"...say no more ;)
     
  12. lodore

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    yes at the time i was downloading via outlook express pop3 client.
    lodore
     
  13. lodore

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    yes yahoo use norton for there servers
    and ye your right norton sucks:D
    i was using f-secure on my pc at the time thou
     
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