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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 White Wolf In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I've been supervising a multi-building WAN at a service bureau for over 7 years. So as you probably can guess, I've seen more than my share of virus try to make thier way into my systems. Being in a service bureau where work is often fast & furious, I need something I didn't need to be coaching my users on how to continually update. Plus alert me on which users got infections but weren't informing me about! In short, what I need is Computer Associates InnoculateIT. (The Web address it is - www.cai.com/products/inoculateit.htm). Now the only problem I have to deal with is, when my users ask how can they keep thier PCs at home virus free, is teaching them how to download the Free Personal anti-virus product from CAI on the web at antivirus.cai.com!

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by sbolton4211 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Once again I would strongly recommend Aladdin's Esafe Protect Enterprise package for all LAN based pc's/laptops.(www.esafe.com) The desktop program runs on win3.x win9.x nt4.0, win2k and even has a TSR for DOS based equipment. The enterprise console can be a nt/2000 server or a Novell 4.x/5.x server. The big advantage esafe has over the standard A/V product is the "sandbox" technology that protects the pc from vandals, even if you do not have that latest virus signature files. Deployment, configuration, and updates are all controlled via the enterprise console.

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by maj0709 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I have been using Norton AV for a long time now. I have loved the product more than any other AV software out there. I run Norton Coporate Edition V7 with out any problems. I agree with the other people about it, the managability is great. Pushing the AV updates to the workstations without them knowing about it, nor having to deal with it makes my job alot easier. Also, Symantec has great support, both on the web and thier Tech Support personel. One time I tought I had crashed a VP's laptop, but there was a patch and a work around that Symantec's Tech Support knew about it and walked me through it. I would choose Symantecs AV any day!

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by Tony K In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I have used and tried every AV package out there, and I overwhelmingly recommend Inoculan. (Which is a surprise, because I hate every other CA product on the market with a passion! <G&gt

My reasons are:

1. Universal client/server support. I've used it on Novell, NT, 9x, 2000, Mac, etc. There's even support for Exchange and, I believe, Notes.

2. Quick updates, and good virus coverage. Norton and McAffe, IME, don't catch enough viruses. Even with the latest patches, those two stillmiss about 3 out of 10 that Inoculan will catch.

3. It's not a pig. Again, IMO, Norton and McAfee, along with the Real SmartStart (that little blue balloon with a note in your tray) are the #1 reasons people think Windows-based OSes are slow (did you know that Real SS takes up 16M of RAM??). On most machines Norton and McAfee run at about 8-12M RAM usage. Inoculan is generally 2-4. That's a huge difference on those older workstations with 32-64M. Even with sufficient RAM, N an M seem to have a MUCH higher

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

I like McAfee's Defence Package. (Not sure of the full name). I have used it on a network that is running 1 W95 machine, 7 W98se machines, 1 W98 1st machine, 1 2000 pro machine, and an NT Server machine. I have found this to be working great, unlikeNorton.

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