SquidGuard & ClamAV for protection really useful?



  • I run SquidGuard & ClamAV setup but don't know if it really makes sense.

    I think Adblock Plus is better because some sites don't work if you block the ad's and it's easier to temporarily disable Adblock in your browser.

    The reason for me to use ClamAV was that i want to protect devices where you can't install AV-Software or where i think AV-Software is to much - TVs, consoles, Android…
    Everything today is connected to the web...
    But on the other side: are there really viruses for that kind of devices?

    What do you think/use?



  • For us, we use Squidguard & ClamAV in a home setting.  They have a negligible impact on browsing speed & offer a centralized tool for content management & basic defense against viruses & malware.  This doesn't negate the need for a proper virus scanner on each pc/device, but rather, adds an additional layer.  It can take some time to create your custom squid bypass list of sites, but once you do it, it's done for all devices.  I would venture to say, the risk of infection for android boxes, consoles, etc. is relatively low.

    Hope this helps.

    @MrGlasspoole:

    I run SquidGuard & ClamAV setup but don't know if it really makes sense.

    I think Adblock Plus is better because some sites don't work if you block the ad's and it's easier to temporarily disable Adblock in your browser.

    The reason for me to use ClamAV was that i want to protect devices where you can't install AV-Software or where i think AV-Software is to much - TVs, consoles, Android…
    Everything today is connected to the web...
    But on the other side: are there really viruses for that kind of devices?

    What do you think/use?


  • Banned

    Shrug; I commented on ClamAV in the FAQ. As for Android, I'd frankly get something like free Avast version there, I didn't test this but I seriously doubt there are any definitions for similar malware in ClamAV.



  • Ok doktornotor, if ClamAV is a toy the only thing left is blocking.

    And here i see sometimes sites don't work if something (Ads) are blocked.
    So Adblock Plus is the better solution?
    But what about Ads on TVs, consoles or in-game Ads (Android, Windows Phones)?

    It's not that i don't have a Adblocker on Android but i want to check the possibilities.
    I saw somewhere it's possible to use the EasyLists in SquidGuard?

    If blocking Ads is better on the clients then there is from the Shalla's Blacklists left:
    Spyware (Trojans, phishing sites) and Tracker

    At the moment i pay for squidblacklist.org and want to get rid of it.
    I use from them:
    Malicious (Virus, botnet, malware, adware, apt, drive by, infectious) and Proxies (Http proxies users may attempt to use to bypass your filters)

    I guess it would make sense to block:
    Virus, Botnet, Malware, Adware, APT, Drive-By Download, Infectious, Espionage, hosts that perform IP tracking for media companies and associations like RIAA/MPAA, Http proxies users may attempt to use to bypass your filters

    If all this is not really usefull the only thing left is caching with Squid and i ask myself if all the hassle with getting wpad to work is worthwhile for a normal household?


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