Clam Sentinel v1.22

webfork on 5 May 2018
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Nov 2014
  • Suggested by jonezrin

Clam Sentinel is a real-time malware scanner using ClamWin Antivirus as its engine. The program also has its own system monitor that scans for unknown malware that does not yet have a ClamWin signature. It also detects new drives and monitors these units until the program is closed or until the device is disconnected.

NOTE: There have been no updates to this program since late 2014.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: ClamWin Portable - You must have this program before using Clam Sentinel.
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/GPL (Version 3 or higher)

Source code
How to extract:
  1. Download ClamWin Antivirus
  2. Download the Clam Sentinel ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice Follow the configuration instructions on this page
  3. Launch ClamSentinel.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ClamWin Portable

18 comments on Clam Sentinel  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Loner 2012-05-06 00:40

Nowhere does it say this is an anti virus or anti malware in the description. I figured it out by the category its in. It would be nice if the description was more accurate.


freakazoid 2012-05-06 01:58

@Loner - I have updated the description. You are also welcome to make edits yourself since you're a TPFC member like me!


jonezrin 2012-05-06 04:51

For Clam Sentinel to work consistently on different computers from a portable drive with different drive letters I found it necessary to edit ClamWin Portable's ClamWin.conf file located in App > DefaultData > settings. Here's what I did (the ClamWinPortable directory is at the root of my portable drive and quotes are for clarification only):
REPLACE "clamscan = clamscan.exe" WITH "clamscan = ..\..\..\..\ClamWinPortable\App\clamwin\bin\clamscan.exe"
REPLACE "quarantinedir = ..\..\..\Data\quarantine" WITH "quarantinedir = \ClamWinPortable\Data\quarantine"
REPLACE "database = ..\..\..\Data\db" WITH "database = \ClamWinPortable\Data\db"
Also: COMMENT OUT from ClamWin.conf "logfile = ..\..\..\Data\log\ClamScanLog.txt" and in the ClamSentinel.ini file ADD "PathLog=\ClamWinPortable\Data\log"


carbonize 2012-05-06 07:21

So to confirm we must first run ClamWin Portable and then run this?


jonezrin 2012-05-06 13:20

@carbonize - The developer's instructions say: "After Sentinel is installed on the USB, you do not have to start ClamWin Portable any more—Sentinel will find the ClamWin Portable files it needs on the USB key. You do not need ClamWin Portable running in order to use Sentinel, but you should have both programs configured on USB as mentioned. You will need to start ClamWin Portable, however, in order to update the ClamWin signature database." Instead of starting ClamWin Portable to update the database I use ClamWinPortableDBUpdate referenced in the ClamWin Portable page . (The DB Update link isn't working properly at the moment.)


emmanuel d 2012-05-06 16:12

why is it not mentioned that this app writes to appdata?
it asks me te edit the ini there.

whats the purpose of havin Portable clamwin and then having this one not portable?


carbonize 2012-05-06 16:47

@emmanuel d - Did you read the configuration instructions linked to in the description?

Next, as mentioned above, you will have to configure Sentinel to use the .ini configuration file that is in the same folder from where Sentinel is run (in the ClamWin\bin directory on the USB). The configuration item is UseLocalIniFile (1=yes; 0=no, which is the default). This option is enabled by manually changing it to 1. Open the Sentinel.ini file in Notepad or similar text editor and make the manual change and save the .ini file.


carbonize 2012-05-07 18:20

@Loner - TPFC = The Portable Freeware Collection ie this web site.

If you have the right to edit entries you will see the edit link to the right of the file size at the top of the entry next to the Post comment link.


guinness 2012-05-08 09:08

@Loner, stop abusing the comments section. Post in the Forum if you want to discuss about the entry.


Checker 2012-10-01 21:49

@ Midas: Thanks.
Download link is updated now.


ixz 2013-11-24 15:30

does clamsentinel also work under win8.1 64bit?


ixz 2013-11-25 09:52

forgot to ask, if the level of protection is comparable to win8 defender or will there be missing something of importance?

i would like to give clamsentinel a try, as it's freeware, portable and hopefully light on ressources.


Midas 2014-03-17 10:19

ClamWin can be heavy on system resources if kept always running -- but it can be stopped and (re)started at will from its tray icon.

I have it scan memory at system start, and then I run it /ad-hoc/ to scan any suspicious files. But then, I'm not relying solely on ClamWin for malware prevention, I also use Winpatrol and (portable) Malware Bytes.


Midas 2014-07-18 11:04

Note: I'm posting it here to see if anyone can help...


MKonar 2014-07-20 18:14

@Midas The link no longer works. (It was a dynamic DNS entry. Sad that they eliminated their free dynamic DNS service ... but I digress.)

You can get to the ClamWinPortableDBUpdate website through either of the following links:
* (which forwards to)


Midas 2014-07-21 01:00

Thanks for the info, MKonar. I see you carried it over to the ClamWin Portable entry, too. :)

Unfortunately, seems that afterall ClamWinDBUpdate is not adequate for a Sentinel configuration.

I tested it and even after correcting the "clampath=" key inside 'ClamWinPortableDBUpdate.ini', it doesn't work because my executable is 'ClamWin.exe' and not 'ClamWinPortable.exe'; also, it's located in a folder named 'bin', while the \/irus Database files are in a sibling folder named 'db'.

And just FYI, the 'thumbs.db' inside 'rsc' cause Explorer to complain when moving the extracted folder tree as instructed...


ishldgetoutmore 2015-07-23 14:01

When I decompress Clam Sentinel, I don't see any .ini file. What am I missing?


ishldgetoutmore 2015-07-23 14:16

Nevermind. I ran ClamSentinel.exe and it created the .ini file for me.


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