LISTSERV Virus Protection

LISTSERV is the first email list management software to provide email lists with built-in virus protection. The integrated F-Secure Anti-Virus system scans every message and attachment posted to a mailing list for viruses. If a virus is detected, the message is automatically rejected. The F-Secure Anti-Virus system is engineered for fast, automatic virus database updates and uses multiple scanning engines, providing LISTSERV lists with the best possible virus protection.

This virus protection is available for Windows Server (2019, 2016, 2012 R2, 2012) and Linux (64-bit Intel), and through the Anti-Virus Station (AVS), to all other supported LISTSERV platforms.

Partial support for anti-virus systems other than F-Secure is also available. Other anti-virus systems, however, cannot be fully integrated with LISTSERV in the same way as F-Secure Anti-Virus.

What is the LISTSERV AVS?

The LISTSERV AVS extends this virus protection to operating systems other than Windows and Linux. The AVS operates transparently to the user. It runs on Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 R2/2012 and is separate from the main LISTSERV server. The AVS works by having the production LISTSERV server forward messages to the AVS server, where they are scanned for viruses by the anti-virus system. If a virus is detected, the message is automatically rejected. The AVS enables all customers running LISTSERV Classic or HPO to benefit from virus protection, regardless of operating system.

LISTSERV Anti-Virus Station

Why Do I Need Virus Protection?

Today, virus protection is commonly viewed as a crucial component that no one can afford to go without. Why then have email lists gone without virus protection for so long? The possible spread of an email virus can be disastrous when sent to an email list or posted to a discussion group with hundreds, thousands or even millions of subscribers. Imagine the damage to your company reputation if you accidentally sent a virus to your subscribers. The integrated LISTSERV anti-virus system protects those subscribers with outdated or no anti-virus protection and provides peace of mind to you as a sender.

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