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CompHelpNJ
We all have our favorite and least favorite anti-virus software choices. I am setting up a new network for a small company (10 or fewer employees) and I need to choose an anti-virus program for the server and desktops. My hardware supplier is recommending a popular (yet very ineffective) product. I need to choose an alternative but I can't decide which product to use instead.

Any suggestions?
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    CG IT

    I like Symantec Enterprise AV. They have a central management console and can do remote install of AV.

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    Roger99a

    And I can't really say anything to recommend it.

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    phodges0921

    We have been using Sophos Enterprise for about 3 years now. It has worked great. It is easy to deploy, has a very fast scanning engine and uses "on access scanning" which consumes no system resources unless a virus is activated. Sophos detects viruses, trojans, spyware and adware.

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    pworlton

    Just curious what version you are using. One of my clients has the new version and it is radically different than the older ones. While the management console has become much more complex, it also has expanded capabilities. I definately wouldn't call CA "intuitive" though.

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    Villas

    Not to heavy, remote control over clients, fast and small download updates.....the works.

    Best LAN working AV I've seen so far.

    You can control all your clients trough the server and has a lot of nice features. Support for lotus notes, Exchange server....everything

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    kymerd

    I have been using the corp. version of Trend for about 4 years and love it. I was using Norton Antivirus at home and have really mixed feelings about it. I used to love it, but last year I had to deal with Tech Support several times and was extremely disappointed in their service and responses. My Norton at home expires this month, so I am dumping it and trying Trend at home. No thoughts about the home version of Trend as of yet.

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    wb4alm

    I have used Symantec products in both the corporate and personal environments.

    After MAJOR support issues, I no longer recommend Symantec. Period.

    After a long search, and recommendations from other professionals, I selected Trend-Micro's Pc-Cillion Internet suite for individual systems. Have found it to very very flexable, and kept upto date better than most. During my testing, Pc-Cillion discovered more "problems" then did the others that were tested.

    Have had some "unique" problems that required
    calls to Trend-Micro's support, and have been very happy with the results.

    TrendMicro also hase some "corporate" solutions for larger networks, and were very fast in responding to questions and suggestions.

    By the way, I have six personal machines that I protect in my homelab, along with several machines at several remote sites...

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    jdmercha

    I've seen problems with the prepackaged McAfee and Norton Suites. If you can just install the AV part of it then they are both fine.

    I use McAfee at work and have home use rights. But I use <b>AVG</b> at home.

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    omar.mendez

    I had worked with Symantec,McAfee,Trendmicro CA and Sophos products in a network environment and the one better works for me is from TrendMicro so, I recommend a solution from Trendmicro.

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    davidtek

    Both have become HUGELY bloated POS's IMHO and I've run into issues with AVG at home like it kindly notifying me that a file was infected as it let the infection run rampant through my laptop, however it's still what I'm using onmy laptop until something better comes along in the free market, like comodo, who's personal firewall ROCKS but their AV/AS is still in beta.

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    lindfalas

    Well there is only one that I can call a good antivirus program and thats Nod32.
    Norton and that kind of trash I would never install in any system.

    Greetz

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    L.grange

    We had this type of debate once where people where mentioning that well known products tend to be more reactive and have more functionailites than new products from small companies that started ercently. On the other hand more "confidencial" anti-virus get less attention from hacker and virus maker, their security hole (don't dream every program on earth as security holes somehow) tend to be less exploite...
    In my opinion one very good add-on is a 1 hour course to the user about security and the promise of a big smack to whoever doesn't respect these and get the network infected....

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    lindfalas

    Well thats true, but its also how the program is done. Norton suck big time in everything. There alot other big products thats a way better.
    There is not any system thats 100% secure.

    Greetz

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    ed.adams

    For those who are willing to pay for AV, Windows OneCare is excellent and offers much more than AV. Integrated with free Windows Defender, it handles 2 way firewall, internet cruft and cookie cleanup, defrag, and even backups and does so for up to 3 computers for $50/yr. For those needing to spend the $1.39 a month on beer, if you are running 64 bit OS, Avast might still be your only bet, althought the bigs must have something by now? I run Avast on Vista Beta with Defender with no problems. AVG works well, especially with old OS like 98. Keep in mind this is biased from having to fix so many Symantec/Norton installation issues and NAI/McAfee issues in general, and Panda too for that matter.

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    Jerry B

    I would suggest looking at some of the major PC magazine web sites to see what they recommend. Here are a couple links from PC World: For AV - http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475-1/article.html. For AS - http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,126818-page,1/article.html.

    Also, here is one from about.com - http://antivirus.about.com/cs/beforeyoubuy/tp/aatpavwin.htm

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    Zeppo9191

    I've had the opportunity to use each of the major products (McAfee and Norton/Symantec) in both a home (standalone) and network environment.

    Personally, I prefer Norton for home use - it seems to be easiest to set up, use, and update. McAfee, in my experience, was a little unwieldy, when compared with Symantec's products.

    On the other hand, in a workplace environment, I much prefer McAfee. It seems to be much more stable in a network environment, and is easier to administer. I've had far more problems with the Symantec client than with McAfee's.

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    solotech1

    When I took my current job, my company already had Symantec Enterprise AV running on our servers and workstations. I have never had any problem with it to date so instead of replacing it I've kept it running. If it's not broke, don't fix it, right?

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    lindfalas

    You are lucky.
    You cant belive how much problem I had with Norton.
    I have removed 100:s of them from computer, just for they dont work and they use to much system resources. They also use to tresh every system there in.
    This is both in workstation and servers.
    I cant point out how much I hate that crap.
    When I swith to other progam they work and dont get all crap thet norton/symantec stuff do.

    Greetz

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    tlapointe

    I'm not a fan of the commercial favorites Norton and McAfee. I have had great success with the Trend Micro products in environments like your are describing.

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    VisionBender

    After using Symantec Enterprise, and client versions of McAfee, we decided to go the Trend Micro route. It has served us well for about 2 years now without any major issues. They even have a beta version that works with Vista.

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    sventek_krishti

    Symantec NAV - deploy AV to desktops and servers alike. Perfect manageability with minimum desktop legwork required.

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    lindfalas

    But its junk.
    Use other anti-virus if you want a better security and dont want to trash you system.
    Nav is also huge on take system resources.
    Use Nop32 insteed..
    Better, faster, more secure, low on system resource, dont trash the system, safe.

    Greetz

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    allan.claunch

    I have used Symantec Corporate AV & Firewall for years on
    literally hundreds of machines without any of the problems
    you are mentioning. It has never "trashed" a system. I've run
    it on every flavor of Windows and OSX. I can remote install,
    lock user settings, repair, push different sets of firewall
    rules, sweep entire network, view status of every machine,
    etc... all from a centrally located console. It is elegant.
    Perfect it isn't, but it's closer than anything else I've seen,
    and I have played with them all.

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    NabilMish

    We use Symantec (Norton) here because Corporate buys the licenses for us. I've had problems with it because workstations occasionally just stop connecting to the server and the only way I can get them to talk to it again is to uninstall and reinstall the client on that workstation. I have to keep a close watch to be sure that all the clients stay up to date with signatures.

    I also have had problems with Symantec when they purchased a company that I had bought a product from (Quarterdeck Cleansweep) and then they refused to honor the license that I had paid extra for - but that's another issue.

    With that said, I haven't had enough experience with other enterprise systems to be able to recommend a good alternative. I personally just try to stay away from Symantec when I can...

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    CompHelpNJ

    Just as I suspected - everyone seems to have their own favorites. Personally, I had to clean out too many systems infected with viruses and spyware that got past Norton. I've heard and read some good things about NOD32, so I am currently testing that on one of my workstations and Trend Micro on another.

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    lindfalas

    No I would not use Norton att all.
    AVG is better and free if you dont want to buy one..
    Else is Nod32 or Norman better choice.

    Trust me. I have done a resersch for company?s about anti-virsu prgram.
    Only 3 was good and they ware Nod32, Norman, F-secure.

    Norton was so far behind these 3..

    Greetz

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    jwittenburg

    I've been using a Trend Micro Client/Server suite for several years now. It has performed very well without requiring much attention from me. I've been happy with the product but the customer support is what really keeps me coming back.

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    CG IT

    I like Symantec Enterprise AV. They have a central management console and can do remote install of AV.

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    Roger99a

    And I can't really say anything to recommend it.

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    phodges0921

    We have been using Sophos Enterprise for about 3 years now. It has worked great. It is easy to deploy, has a very fast scanning engine and uses "on access scanning" which consumes no system resources unless a virus is activated. Sophos detects viruses, trojans, spyware and adware.

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    pworlton

    Just curious what version you are using. One of my clients has the new version and it is radically different than the older ones. While the management console has become much more complex, it also has expanded capabilities. I definately wouldn't call CA "intuitive" though.

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    Villas

    Not to heavy, remote control over clients, fast and small download updates.....the works.

    Best LAN working AV I've seen so far.

    You can control all your clients trough the server and has a lot of nice features. Support for lotus notes, Exchange server....everything

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    kymerd

    I have been using the corp. version of Trend for about 4 years and love it. I was using Norton Antivirus at home and have really mixed feelings about it. I used to love it, but last year I had to deal with Tech Support several times and was extremely disappointed in their service and responses. My Norton at home expires this month, so I am dumping it and trying Trend at home. No thoughts about the home version of Trend as of yet.

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    wb4alm

    I have used Symantec products in both the corporate and personal environments.

    After MAJOR support issues, I no longer recommend Symantec. Period.

    After a long search, and recommendations from other professionals, I selected Trend-Micro's Pc-Cillion Internet suite for individual systems. Have found it to very very flexable, and kept upto date better than most. During my testing, Pc-Cillion discovered more "problems" then did the others that were tested.

    Have had some "unique" problems that required
    calls to Trend-Micro's support, and have been very happy with the results.

    TrendMicro also hase some "corporate" solutions for larger networks, and were very fast in responding to questions and suggestions.

    By the way, I have six personal machines that I protect in my homelab, along with several machines at several remote sites...

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    jdmercha

    I've seen problems with the prepackaged McAfee and Norton Suites. If you can just install the AV part of it then they are both fine.

    I use McAfee at work and have home use rights. But I use <b>AVG</b> at home.

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    omar.mendez

    I had worked with Symantec,McAfee,Trendmicro CA and Sophos products in a network environment and the one better works for me is from TrendMicro so, I recommend a solution from Trendmicro.

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    davidtek

    Both have become HUGELY bloated POS's IMHO and I've run into issues with AVG at home like it kindly notifying me that a file was infected as it let the infection run rampant through my laptop, however it's still what I'm using onmy laptop until something better comes along in the free market, like comodo, who's personal firewall ROCKS but their AV/AS is still in beta.

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    lindfalas

    Well there is only one that I can call a good antivirus program and thats Nod32.
    Norton and that kind of trash I would never install in any system.

    Greetz

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    L.grange

    We had this type of debate once where people where mentioning that well known products tend to be more reactive and have more functionailites than new products from small companies that started ercently. On the other hand more "confidencial" anti-virus get less attention from hacker and virus maker, their security hole (don't dream every program on earth as security holes somehow) tend to be less exploite...
    In my opinion one very good add-on is a 1 hour course to the user about security and the promise of a big smack to whoever doesn't respect these and get the network infected....

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    lindfalas

    Well thats true, but its also how the program is done. Norton suck big time in everything. There alot other big products thats a way better.
    There is not any system thats 100% secure.

    Greetz

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    ed.adams

    For those who are willing to pay for AV, Windows OneCare is excellent and offers much more than AV. Integrated with free Windows Defender, it handles 2 way firewall, internet cruft and cookie cleanup, defrag, and even backups and does so for up to 3 computers for $50/yr. For those needing to spend the $1.39 a month on beer, if you are running 64 bit OS, Avast might still be your only bet, althought the bigs must have something by now? I run Avast on Vista Beta with Defender with no problems. AVG works well, especially with old OS like 98. Keep in mind this is biased from having to fix so many Symantec/Norton installation issues and NAI/McAfee issues in general, and Panda too for that matter.

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    Jerry B

    I would suggest looking at some of the major PC magazine web sites to see what they recommend. Here are a couple links from PC World: For AV - http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475-1/article.html. For AS - http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,126818-page,1/article.html.

    Also, here is one from about.com - http://antivirus.about.com/cs/beforeyoubuy/tp/aatpavwin.htm

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    Zeppo9191

    I've had the opportunity to use each of the major products (McAfee and Norton/Symantec) in both a home (standalone) and network environment.

    Personally, I prefer Norton for home use - it seems to be easiest to set up, use, and update. McAfee, in my experience, was a little unwieldy, when compared with Symantec's products.

    On the other hand, in a workplace environment, I much prefer McAfee. It seems to be much more stable in a network environment, and is easier to administer. I've had far more problems with the Symantec client than with McAfee's.

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    solotech1

    When I took my current job, my company already had Symantec Enterprise AV running on our servers and workstations. I have never had any problem with it to date so instead of replacing it I've kept it running. If it's not broke, don't fix it, right?

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    lindfalas

    You are lucky.
    You cant belive how much problem I had with Norton.
    I have removed 100:s of them from computer, just for they dont work and they use to much system resources. They also use to tresh every system there in.
    This is both in workstation and servers.
    I cant point out how much I hate that crap.
    When I swith to other progam they work and dont get all crap thet norton/symantec stuff do.

    Greetz

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    tlapointe

    I'm not a fan of the commercial favorites Norton and McAfee. I have had great success with the Trend Micro products in environments like your are describing.

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    VisionBender

    After using Symantec Enterprise, and client versions of McAfee, we decided to go the Trend Micro route. It has served us well for about 2 years now without any major issues. They even have a beta version that works with Vista.

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    sventek_krishti

    Symantec NAV - deploy AV to desktops and servers alike. Perfect manageability with minimum desktop legwork required.

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    lindfalas

    But its junk.
    Use other anti-virus if you want a better security and dont want to trash you system.
    Nav is also huge on take system resources.
    Use Nop32 insteed..
    Better, faster, more secure, low on system resource, dont trash the system, safe.

    Greetz

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    allan.claunch

    I have used Symantec Corporate AV & Firewall for years on
    literally hundreds of machines without any of the problems
    you are mentioning. It has never "trashed" a system. I've run
    it on every flavor of Windows and OSX. I can remote install,
    lock user settings, repair, push different sets of firewall
    rules, sweep entire network, view status of every machine,
    etc... all from a centrally located console. It is elegant.
    Perfect it isn't, but it's closer than anything else I've seen,
    and I have played with them all.

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    NabilMish

    We use Symantec (Norton) here because Corporate buys the licenses for us. I've had problems with it because workstations occasionally just stop connecting to the server and the only way I can get them to talk to it again is to uninstall and reinstall the client on that workstation. I have to keep a close watch to be sure that all the clients stay up to date with signatures.

    I also have had problems with Symantec when they purchased a company that I had bought a product from (Quarterdeck Cleansweep) and then they refused to honor the license that I had paid extra for - but that's another issue.

    With that said, I haven't had enough experience with other enterprise systems to be able to recommend a good alternative. I personally just try to stay away from Symantec when I can...

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    CompHelpNJ

    Just as I suspected - everyone seems to have their own favorites. Personally, I had to clean out too many systems infected with viruses and spyware that got past Norton. I've heard and read some good things about NOD32, so I am currently testing that on one of my workstations and Trend Micro on another.

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    lindfalas

    No I would not use Norton att all.
    AVG is better and free if you dont want to buy one..
    Else is Nod32 or Norman better choice.

    Trust me. I have done a resersch for company?s about anti-virsu prgram.
    Only 3 was good and they ware Nod32, Norman, F-secure.

    Norton was so far behind these 3..

    Greetz

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    jwittenburg

    I've been using a Trend Micro Client/Server suite for several years now. It has performed very well without requiring much attention from me. I've been happy with the product but the customer support is what really keeps me coming back.