November 10, 2010
Hello to all you network administrators out there who fight against spam emails! Here, at BitDefender, we have some of the best antispam engines in terms of detection rate and speed. You might ask yourself: says who? Well, us ofcourse, and the VBSpam team who periodically tests our spam detection rate.
In the latest test from this September, BitDefender won the first place, ahead of Symantec, Sophos and Fortinet. Even better, BitDefender is the only company in the world that won nine consecutive VBSpam awards.
After a couple of talks among ourselves, we decided that the best way to celebrate this achievement is to give it for FREE (as in “free beer”) to the Linux community. Say welcome and applaud please, for our new free product called BitDefender Free Antispam for Mail Servers, or FRAMS as we like to call it. The only thing you have to do (aside from downloading it) is to register on our web site to receive a free license.
If you wonder why you should consider dropping SpamAssassin and install our solution, the answer is very simple: BitDefender’s antispam technology is 8 times faster than SpamAssassin’s, while achieving comparable detection rates. Here is a simple test we conducted on a CentOS 5 with Postfix (10k messages):
Spam scan time : FRAMS: 10m7s SpamAssassin: 80m35s Spam detection rate: FRAMS: 99.57% SpamAssassin: 94.87%
FRAMS is very easy to install, thanks to its automatic MTA detection and integration (remember the sendmail.cf nightmare?). At this point we support CommuniGate, Postfix, Sendmail (via the milter interface), qmail and Courier. If your MTA is not in the list, we have an SMTP proxy which will work just fine.
FRAMS is FHS compliant, as it installs all its files in /opt/BitDefender and makes backups to all modified MTA config files, so if you ever need to uninstall it, the system will be left in a clean state, no leftover files, no broken MTA config, no daemons running wild. The directly supported package formats are rpm and deb. For all other distributions we use ipk.
If you’re not a big fan of the command line, we also have a web based interface (Radmin). It is user friendly and very easy to use. To top it all off, the antispam signatures are automatically updated via a dedicated service, so there is no need for you to create a cronjob.