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McAfee or Symantec?

By gshort ·
Time to take a look at re-purchasing anti-virus for our company...
I was just on hold for 22 min with one of the top two and I suspect that the other one may not be any faster. Setting that aside, any suggestions as to what is the best to use primary for anti-virus?

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Honestly....

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to McAfee or Symantec?

...if possible, I'd recommend looking at a third party.

I'm currently using McAfee in a business environment, and it leaves much to be desired. False positives, system drags, etc.

As for Symantec, if poor service, poor performance and choppy updates are your thing, this is the anti-virus suite for you. Given the choice between unnecessary root canal or dealing with their customer disservice reps, I'm seeing the dentist--far less painful!!

Avast, AVG or Panda would get my business, if I had the choice and were spending my own money.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck!

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None of em

by Snuffy09 In reply to McAfee or Symantec?

Save some money and download AVG Corp, more trouble free too

Spybot S&amp and Ad-aware are great to run on the side.

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Re: Anti-virus

by christianshiflet In reply to McAfee or Symantec?

If I were to do it all over again, I would also probably go with Avast. I am currently, however, tied in a way to Symantec. For all of the grief that it receives, it honestly is fairly easy to maintain across my network and its Exchange security is decent, as well. My biggest gripe, unfortunately, is what appears to be a very inefficient scan engine on the client side. Of course, like most complaints about AV, this is all IMHO, so take it for what it's worth.

One thing I did learn that helped alot, regardless of which vendor you choose, is to first try going through a third party supplier such as CDW or Lifeboat if you select one of the mainstream brands. They are just a lot easier to work with on purchasing. Once you have a maintenance agreement in hand, contacting the vendor (Symantec, McAfee, et al) is much less painful.

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I wrote a blog piece and took a TR poll on that very issue

by Joe_R In reply to McAfee or Symantec?

Check out the poll results and the ensuing discussion. It genetated a lot of comments, and it seems the product of choice was actually AVG.

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/helpdesk/?p=301

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Neither

by aron.bury In reply to McAfee or Symantec?

Without repeating what others have said too much, I agree that Mcafee isn't on the top of my go to list... and Symantec is quite easily at the bottom for a multitude of reasons.

I have always quite liked Avast, however I have recently been using the Panda Security suite and was fairly impressed. Their "Security as a service" feature that they are currently pushing is definitely something worth looking into as well if thats what you need.

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by Ty_Sec In reply to McAfee or Symantec?

I would say it all depends on your business requirements and scope.

Are you looking for just an anti-virus or a suite (firewall, port controls, policies, centralize management, etc.)? Do you need 24x7x365 support, what about support for an outbreak, upgrade support only, etc.? Are you looking at shrinking the agent footprint size on the your systems, performance, management, auditing capabilities, multiple OS support, etc.?

It's really hard to say which of the two is better or even a third vendor such as Microtrend that is similar to their offerings or are you simply just looking at an anti-virus program only solution?

I am familiar with both of these products and both have their positives and negatives and your miles will vary depending on your requirements and environments compared to others.

Also, remember they both have different support level tiers, so you obviously pay to get a faster response.

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