There are currently no known viruses which infect OpenVMS systems. However, it is often useful for an OpenVMS system to scan files for viruses which infect other operating systems.
This could be the case when an OpenVMS system is used
- As a file server for Windows computers and Macs (e.g. Pathworks/Advanced Server).
- To provide an ALL-IN-1 file cabinet.
- For processing email with attachments (e.g. PMDF).
In addition, Sophos Anti-Virus for OpenVMS installed as an InterCheck server for central virus reporting can provide on-access logging for client computers.