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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 veronica.emery In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

We use Sophos Sweep on our networks. It was the only Virus software that we found that could cover all of the platforms that we are running and will also cover the ones identified in HeavyDuty's environment. Monthly we get a update to all platforms and once installed, it has a central upgrade feature that automatically updates user's workstations when they login. It has an intercheck feature that will prevent you from opening an infected file. You can be added to their mailing list so that you can get virus updates for newly identified viruses the day that they are available. If you have a file that you are having unusual problems with, you can e-mail it to their tech support and they will test it for possible virus activity and createa new virus identity if they find that it is a new, unidentified virus. Their tech support is available 24/7 and is very quick to respond to any questions that you send them. I have used several virus products in the past and this is the best that I have seen. Their w

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

I too am using Command Anti-Virus (CSAV) for a portion of the enterprise. CSAV has a lot of strengths especially in the detection arena. However, CSAV does not seem to react quicly enough to market changes like the introduction of CSAV for Win 2000 Pro, etc. My main complaint is the Enterprise scability and ease of distribution (product and AV updates) which I consider not as strong/easy as I would like. Norton's enterprise AV products seem to be getting good reviews at some of my locations, but historically Norton/Symantec product seems to be a "Jack of all trades and master of none". Therefore my vote goes to Trend Scan (which I have also implemented on the groupware side) http://www.antivirus.com. They have excellent enterprise support to cover groupware, SMTP gateways, and PC servers. Distribution and updates are easy with the built in tools. Trend also has good tech support and seems to be ahead of the tech curve in providing native support for other platforms like the AS/400. Essentialy, i

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by mark.tassin In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

We use Norton Enterprise Anti-Virus 7.0 and it runs wonderfully on all of our NT/2000 servers and 2000/95/98 workstations. Not only that, but it's manageability is likewise spectacular. Setting up configuration profiles and sites as well as being able to email virus signature updates to our various road warrior users has saved use loads of work. While we aren't running it under Novell here, I have installed it on Novell networks time and again without trouble. The only issue is that after it automatically installs intself on a client via login script it reboots the client. But that's well worth it for the protection and automation that it provides.

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

I use Mcafee on the desktops. Using Novells Zenworks I update the dats on 400+ workstations each week, the process takes about 30 minutes.

Next I scan my networks with Mcafee then again with Norton 2000. Norton picks up what Mcafee leaves behind,and vice versa.

Forget about Mcafes's autoupdates, it causes more problems then anything else.

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

Well, I use McAfee TVD. I have had very little problem with the auto-update feature. Of course, I run ONLY NT4 and Windows 2000 machines. I have installed and run McAfee on several 9x machines in the past. It runs reasonably well on them, but I findthat after updating, it frequently requires a reboot. NT updates do, too, but much less frequently. With updates every week, I find VERY few (read: 1 in two years) virus problems on my machines.

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