One key element in any web developers portfolio of responsibilities has been growing for those who manage their own servers or the servers of their clients. That is the constant battle against spam and viruses.

One excellent open source tool is out to save them time and score them some points with their clients. Amavisd New, found at, is a Perl-based solution that sits as an interface for anti-virus and spam tools to a webmaster’s mail server (Postfix, Sendmail, etc.). Amavisd New natively works with 21 anti-virus tools as well as working with Spam::Assassin, found at

This adds a layer of security between you and your clients inboxes and further gives you the tools to possibly reduce unwanted email reaching them currently.

Some of the tools Amavisd New supports for anti-virus include:

ClamAV –
F-Prot –
Kaperspky –
Trend Micro –
Vexira –


  • datums

    Links are broken.

  • bwarrene

    Somehow the links are broken in the blog but not in the forum version of the blog.. Sorry about that – am looking into it

  • AlexW

    Hi Guys, Not sure what’s going on with the links but we are looking into it. Very strange. Magically getting ampersands from somewhere. Apologies.

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