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eScan 1 for Windows
Anti-virus software for Win 9x.
Price: Single copy: Rs 5,500 (Win 9x);
2-5 licenses: Rs 3,025 per licence (Win 9x); 6-10 licenses: Rs 2,200 per licence (Win 9x)
Features: Background, e-mail, heuristic and archive scanning.
Pros: Daily updates of virus definitions.
Cons: Expensive for a single user; lacks protection against malicious ActiveX scripts, cookies; can’t disinfect files within archives.
Source: MicroWorld Software
Shobha Nivas, 1st Floor
Tejpal Rd, Vile Parle (E), 
Mumbai 400057. 
Tel: 22-6108415 Fax: 6180842 

"I-Worm", "Love Bug",
"Melissa"… everyday, computer users all over the world wake up to
the news of another deadly virus epidemic. Living in such times, therefore,
requires an effective anti-virus solution to protect your PC against such deadly

eScan for Windows is an anti-viral solution meant for
standalone PCs and networks. It’s available in Client and Server versions for
Win 9x and NT. We checked out the Win 9x Client version, which is easy to
install and requires about 10 MB of disk space.

Virus definition updates are one of the most important
aspects of anti-virus software. These should be updated frequently enough to
keep your PC safe from new viruses. This virus scanner’s definitions are
updated daily on the company Website (www.

You can update your software through two methods–using the
"update monitor" provided with the software package for automatic
updation, or by going to the site and downloading an executable update file
which updates the virus definitions upon executing. The former method saves
time, if used regularly.

The software detected all viruses we tested it on–old ones
such as "Die Hard" as well as the latest ones including Love Bug,
Melissa, and their variants. It also scans your files, as you run applications
or access floppies, etc, in the background. You can configure it to deny access,
disinfect or delete infected files. It also includes heuristic scanning (for
unidentified or unclassified viruses), and archive scan to search for infected
files within archives. You can record all its operations in a report for later

A good feature of eScan is its support for scanning mail
databases of Outlook Express and Microsoft Mail as well as attachments received
by other common e-mail clients. Though it detects viruses inside archive files
and e-mail message bases, it can’t disinfect them. For this, you have to
extract the infected files manually to a temporary directory, let eScan
disinfect them, and than put them back into the archive.

One feature we missed in eScan was protection from hostile
cookies and ActiveX scripts, which could attack your system while browsing the
Net. The price of the software is also high for the single user option.

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