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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 Its a secret In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

We were using mcafee total virus .... It does not load on old novel boxes very well. The updates are tricky to automate. The desktop version have sp1 release. The desktop version require lots of system resources. We needed to turn off most features. Delphi and solomon do not seem to be very compatible with mcafee. We switched to trend enterprise solution. What a pleasure. The scripts work! updating is a breeze. The system resouces are not depleted. At the user level speed is not adversly affected. Even Microsoft use it on their networks.

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

At a previous employer of mine, we implemented an Anti-virus software called Antigen. It runs on all major platforms and is easy to adminster and manage. Here are the reasons why I've chosen it as one of the best I've seen.
1. It scans all incoming and outgoing email in realtime.
2. You can customize the alerts to notify senders, recipients, and administrators of infected files. If you want, it will notify outside emailers of their infected file.
3. It specifies in its alert what type ofvirus it was.
4. If it can, it will clean it and continue to send the email with attachment. If it cannot clean it, it will notify the sender, recipient and administrator of this action.
5. You can set up filters to filter out and remove any vbs,exe, or bat files that you think might make your company vulnerable.
6. If a malicious user tries to rename a file thinking they could get it through the filter, it won't. This program checks the file headers for the actual type of file rather than looking at the name of the file. This way, vbs viruses don't come through disguised as something else.
7. Customer support is excellent. When the vbs virus first errupted, we called them up and they immediately showed us how to filter out the vbs file attachments while they updated their updates to include these new viruses, which only took a few days.

Off the top of my head, thats all I can think of. Hope this helps.

TJ

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

At my major client we are running NAV Corp Ed 7.03. Don't try 7.02 it doesn't work.
My feelings are mixed. The autoupdates to clients are wonderful, except every now and then one of the clients decides to not come to the party. We were scheduling it every night with a dialup connection. Once we had a permanent connection to the net, the scheduler didn't work, although going and pressing live update on the server does!
We are running MailMarshal www.mailmarshal.com on the proxy server, with McAfee TVD. This is great. MailMarshal gets really picky about emails that are not rfc822 compliant and deadletters them! the lifestages virus didn't even get to be virus checked. For what its worth we also run webmarshal and they are both excellent and reasonably priced.
At home I am trialling McAfee's online ActiveShield. Seems good so far and really easy. Could work well in a corporate lan.

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

You want to go with InoculateIT. I have been using it for 3 years now. Once installed the Inoc. server auto downloads updates and clients update from there. Had some initial setup pains but were resolved with simple settings change. Best thing is being able to "touch" any server/client from my desktop or rollout global changes just by changing the controller.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I think almost all AV software use the same method to detect virus, and work almost the same way like scan incoming email, running on background ... , choosing AV software is mostly base on how many virus the software can detect and delete, and it'sinterface, its update software.
If you looking for an Anti Virus software, I suggest use Norton AntiVirus 2001. It has nice, friendly interface, and it easy to use.
However, that's just the minor. I suggest it because it's "live update" program are easy to use and it handles everything. All you need to do when update is click some button. The "live update" program will handle the rest. Since for antivirus softwares, update is one of the most important thing to do and do frequently, "live update" is realy helpful. You also can set it to seek for new update weekly or daily.
Norton antivirus is my favorite AV software. However, if you want to protect your computer from virus effectively, you should not use only one AV program. Each AV software can detect some virus that other AV software cannot. Since you have Win9x, NT 4.0, NetWare 4.11, and will soon addWin2K Pro and Win2K server, I suggest use one or too more AV virus like McAfee or PC Cilin. The most important thing here is not what kind of Antivirus software you use but how frequently you update it. Remember to update as minimum of once per week, frequently.

Hope this help,

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

I think almost all AV software use the same method to detect virus, and work almost the same way like scan incoming email, running on background ... , choosing AV software is mostly base on how many virus the software can detect and delete, and it'sinterface, its update software.
If you looking for an Anti Virus software, I suggest use Norton AntiVirus 2001. It has nice, friendly interface, and it easy to use.
However, that's just the minor. I suggest it because it's "live update" program are easy to use and it handles everything. All you need to do when update is click some button. The "live update" program will handle the rest. Since for antivirus softwares, update is one of the most important thing to do and do frequently, "live update" is realy helpful. You also can set it to seek for new update weekly or daily.
Norton antivirus is my favorite AV software. However, if you want to protect your computer from virus effectively, you should not use only one AV program. Each AV software can detect some virus that other AV software cannot. Since you have Win9x, NT 4.0, NetWare 4.11, and will soon addWin2K Pro and Win2K server, I suggest use one or too more AV virus like McAfee or PC Cilin. The most important thing here is not what kind of Antivirus software you use but how frequently you update it. Remember to update as minimum of once per week, frequently.

Hope this help,

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