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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 mongon In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

My enthusiastic vote goes to InoculateIT, the network antivirus program from Computer Associate's security suite of products. It is ICSA certified for detection of viruses in the wild, has real-time alerting/curing, automatic updates as soon as they are released, is easily configured, and can be integrated into web browser. It runs on Windows 95/98/NT and I currently have their newest version running on 2000 Pro. There are also versions for Windows CE, NetWare, Macintosh, and for use with Lotus Notes. I use InoculateIT PE (Personal Edition) on my laptop, which is free for download and free updates as soon as issued with a newsletter that thoroughly describes the newest viruses. CA is one of the few companies that were invited to Washington for the security summit. I've been working with the product since it was designed by Cheyenne.

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by wvfd_32 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

We run CA's antivirus solution, InoculateIT, for all of our systems. The only system running a different solution is the exchange server. Exchange is a unique animal, and I think requires a different package simply because of the special needs of anemail server. Other than this exepction, we are happy with the CA solution.

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

I currently use McAfee TVD for our product here in a very mixed and diverse environment. As we migrate company wide however to a Win2k environment, the reporting features and greater security with McAfee AVD will have us make the transition from the management console to the E-Policy orchestrator and the Virus Scan ASAP will free up some administrators to fight other fires. Virus Scan ASAP allows a web based service to updates clients with latest DAT files and product upgrades. This might put some fear into even the most security minded folks, but you can take some steps to protect your network from any threats.

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

I have used McAfee, Norton, and Computer Associate's InocuLAN. I would have to say that my recomendation goes to InocuLAN. The Software is easy to configure and allows greater control over the type of protection you want. It can be customized foreach computer and works equally well with WinNT, Win98, and Win95 systems. The automatic updates are customizable, more so than my experience with McAfee and Norton. The support that Computer Associates give is fantastic, and their website is alsovery helpful. The software can be configured over the network via a server, and you can also give each computer/workstation customized settings. The server gets the regular updates and delivers/distributes it to each computer on the network whichin turn takes some of the work off of the administrator's back. If an immediate update is needed...it is simply done through a mouse click on the server. The server and each computer notifies the administrator when the job is performed and done. If a virus is detecte

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

It looks like ebott is running a similar environment to our system. We have a multi platform environment consisting of NT,Exchange, Novell 5.0, Linux,and VAX servers. Our users are running predominately NT workstation. In the past, our solution was heavily dominated by the need to hand install AV updates on the clients and individual servers. About six months ago we moved to NORTON AV Enterprise. This package allows us to place AV updates on one NT server that acts as primary and have the rest of the NT servers automatically updated on the fly. Workstations are also updated. Our sysadmin also likes the fact that with a simple admin console package on his desktop he can ask the same NT primary to feed updates to all the Novell boxes.Exchange can also be added to this mix. Our cost analysis indicated that 250 workstations was about the price breakpoint to justify this Enterprise package. It has certainly paid for itself already in reduced labor and maintenance costs and has proved to be an incredi

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