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Run anti-virus on "spare" pc and route your traffic thru it?

by Patrick Vadnais / June 30, 2008 9:32 AM PDT

My biggest complaint about anti-virus software (besides being necessary) is that it is a resource hog. Then I had an idea and wondered if I am making it too difficult or if my idea is even plausible.

My idea is to use that ?old? Pentium3 Windows pc that I have lying around and make it my anti-virus work horse. Maybe this is in the realm of a mini-enterprise version?

Basically, I would have the P3 installed between my main computer and router. All email and web traffic from the main pc would filter through the old P3. The main pc would not have anti-virus software installed, the old P3 would, and the P3?s entire purpose in life would be to act as an anti-virus machine, therefore freeing up resources on my main pc.

Is this possible? Is this relatively easy to do? Am I nuts?

Should I make the P3 a Linux box and run it as an email and web proxy server or???

I am hopeful this would be a great use of an otherwise unused P3 that many of us have laying around.

I appreciate your input, both pro and con.



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