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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--8/3/00

By ebott ·
While cruising through the TechRepublic forums, I found this question from a member who goes by the alias HeavyDuty: "I'm looking to switch from Command Antivirus to some other AV solution. I have Win9x, NT 4.0, NetWare 4.11, and will soon be addingWin2K Pro and Win2K server. I want real examples of why not to use Product X, or why I should choose Product Z." Great question, and I've decided to promote it to this week's Microsoft Challenge! I'll add my specific concerns: It should be foolproofto update and ideally should have a way of detecting new viruses before they can do damage to networked PCs. If you think your antivirus software is the very best (or if you have a cautionary tale to share about an AV program you don't recommend), add your insights here.

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by sdfgsdf In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

i run macaffe total virus defense for my network which consosts of nt4, win98, win2k pro, win2k server, and backoffice.i am in the process of upgrading my entire network to win2000 family exclusively. Total Virus Defense (hereafter referred to as TVD) worked well with my exchange, proxy, web, and nt servers as well as my nt and win98/98se clients. However, the autoupdate processes are a complete pain to use (i now manually update), their documentation absolutely sucks, and their support is lacking. not bad for a total out of the box solution, but not great either. it does have a fantastic exchange server solution though (protects client and server side). i am having blue screens in my win2k systems (eps. ones with cd-rw - go figure) and plan to dump it all. norton is great, but plan to stick with it as it is near impossible to remove later.

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by randy48 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I use PC Cilin98 and Anti Virual Toolkit Pro both on Win98 and NT 4.0 boxes. They are updated at a minimum of once per week, frequently there are updates available twice a week. They both scan web pages, e-mail, and downloads, I haven't had an "infection" since I gave up Norton95!

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by Aaron_Wurthmann In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

For me, I run Norton Antivirus 2000 on the clients and McAfee on the Serves. Here is why:
Norton on clients, well basically I like to set it and forget it, Nortons LiveUpdate is very easy for the users to understand, doesnt require much user interactions and runs all on its own in the background away from the users. Perfect, no ftping no file dumping, just good old fetch the dats weekly and alert me if there is a problem.
Network Associates on Servers, well as far as NAI I goes I trust their Exchange Server solution a bit more then Nortons. I have heard horror stories about Nortons. I have used GroupSheild for Exchange and Extension blocking so I am comfortable with it. The updates arent as seamless as Norton but it is a server so I check on it often anyway. The other NAI tools are purchased in a bundle, so since I paid for them I use them on the servers, still the same issue with ftping updates down, but again I have to touch the machines weekly anyway, so I check those too.

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by jdroland In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I'm going to side with response #1. I run McAfee, and although their autoupdate among many features is below par, their point of truth is excellent and their release is always on time, almost. Mcaffee has an Enterprise console to push the updates out to the clients which is worth about the same as the cardboard box it came in. I've had to create my own kixtart scripts that run the autoupdate at login, which still isn't perfect because every now and then their new dat files will blue screen some 95/98 clients, or show false messages about corrupted dat files, but a after you figure out those types of errors, it runs pretty smooth with minor babysitting. We've got about 3000 clients and we keep over 99% updated using the kixtart. That'sabout 2 cents, isn't it?

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by Village Boy In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I will go for McAfee.
1. The Groupshield that protects Exchange and extention filering make it easy to block known and potentially dangerous file attachments and inform receipant about it.
2. Scheduling option that enables install and forget for the users, that don't have to download updates. You can schedule to download updates from internal server or NAI FTP server, automatically, by just a radio button.
3. Multiple platform support, so far, I personally used McAfee and Total Virus Defanseon NT, 95, 98 as well as 2000, while my classmate is using it on Netware 4, without complaints. Just install it, a little configuration on the applets, and just forget about it.
4. I do use kixtart, and when I logon I know whether McAfee has been updated or not.
5. Remote users never need to remember to download updates or sent email updates to remote users because it is done by scheduling. No more help! for antivirus.
6. So far, I have never encounter a BSOD due to McAfee, I am considering myself lucky to get

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