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23 April 2008, 15:29

F-Secure beta for Windows Home Server

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Finnish anti-virus vendor F-Secure has published a beta version of its anti-virus solution for Windows Home Server. Network shares and user backups can now reportedly be kept free of contaminants. Because Windows Home Server is based on Windows Server 2003 a number of anti-virus products for consumers, especially the free versions, do not run on it.

F-Secure's antivirus solution seamlessly connects to the Windows Home Server console.
Zoom F-Secure's antivirus solution seamlessly connects to the Windows Home Server console.

As is usual with desktop products, F-Secure's anti-virus solution for Home Server automatically updates itself. It monitors all file access events on the Home Server, including for files in shared directories. The software can also check the entire server or individual directories and set scheduled intervals to run a scan to detect contaminants. F-Secure puts any malware it detects into a quarantine folder. Customized solutions can be integrated in the console for management of the virus scanner.

F-Secure says that the minimum system specification required to support their anti-virus product is a 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or AMD Sempron 3400+ or faster, at least 512 MB of RAM, a 300 MB hard drive, and at least a 100 Mb connection to the local network.

After registration with F-Secure, the beta version will run until September 30. Testers who provide useful feedback to improve the product will receive a one-year license of the final version in return. The vendor has not yet indicated what the price will be.

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