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Educational Software Thread, Which Anti-Virus Software? in Technical; Originally Posted by teejay Just uninstall in add/remove programs. You can get a removal tool if you phone Symantec, or ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Just uninstall in add/remove programs. You can get a removal tool if you phone Symantec, or re-image the workstations. I would also recommend installing just the Antivirus and Antispyware, the rest of the stuff does not work well out of the box and needs fiddling with and is probably the cause of your problems.
    OKay - We have the removal tool from Symantec after our last spate of problems! We will give that a run and try re-installing the MR4 Client

    We only have the Antivirus and AntiSpyware bits running as like you've found - it requires alot of fiddling with!

    Incidentally what issues if any have you had with Symantec Endpoint?

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    The main issues we had were to do with the clients not updating properly and problems with the Threat Protection etc causing loads of issues.
    Cleaned the machines off, put MR4 client on them all and they work fine.
    Also, change the communication method from Push mode to Pull mode and set the heartbeat interval to something sensible like 30 minutes.

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    Aaah OK -Thanks; we have issues with roaming profiles and Symantec

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    Sophos... just... don't do it!

    Resource usage is ridiculous - had problems with an Access exam a few weeks ago when all the machines started crashing out midway through... turned out Sophos was running an update and hogged 100% CPU until it was ready to give the machine back to the user!

    Back when we had HDGuard the machines took about 5-6 minutes to be usable while Sophos downloaded masses of product updates - never seen a product go through version revisions so quickly, the v7 update was a mess as well, far too many large updates constantly being sent down.

    Management console doesn't update properly, tells me we have a virus on the machine... from 9 months ago Can you clean it? No you can't

    Looking at Kaspersky at the moment, wouldn't touch Symantec at the moment with the huge client installation - although if their corporate software gets the same treatment as the Norton line has I could be tempted one day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by towen View Post
    Aaah OK -Thanks; we have issues with roaming profiles and Symantec
    What issues are you having? We use roaming profiles and haven't had a problem.

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    On checking, www.sophosisshit.co.uk is available.........

    Joke btw, just in case one of the Admins gets all hot and flustered over it.....
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    We just moved away from Symantec (bloated) to Avira
    Educational antivirus license for institutions

    Very happy with it.

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    We get our Antivirus from LA, used to have Sophos till they though it was a nit resource hungry and when the contract ran out took the oppurtunity to drop it

    Now use Nod32 and find it really good, Management console is easy to use. Has ability to update from server and/or internet so useful when installed on staff laptops that go home.
    Only slight annoyance (maybe it's cos I haven't found the correct option) it will not update program version automatically e.g from 3.0.667 to 3.0.684, need to create new package and redeploy to pc's.

    Other than that great.

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    +1 for Nod32.

    I have used McAfee, Norton, Sophos and Panda (and probably some others I've forgotten) in a networked environment and although it's not quite perfect, Nod32 is easily the best I've used.

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    We had numerous problems with Symantec as well, bloated, resource hungry AND didn't actually stop any viruses
    Had a few staff take Flashdisks home from school and come back telling me their AVG free picked up heaps of stuff that Symantec didn't!

    Either way, we've just moved to F-Secure, in the process of rolling it out now, I'll post my findings when I've got my head around the system

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    I haven't had a problem with Sophos and the CPU. What spec are they?

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    I have Panda at our school & it's been great, didn't like Sophos as on Celerons it slowed them down quite alot. AVG Network edition is ok, but not very friendly when it comes to upgrading between major versions (on the server, client is not problem).

    -ken

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    I use Sophos and have done for years, it works for me and its very cheap

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    Kaspersky for us and I love it, it replaced sophis on our network and imediatly picked up stuff sophos had missed. Brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    What issues are you having? We use roaming profiles and haven't had a problem.
    Mostly corupting users roaming profiles and leaving half a profile on a workstation... need I go on

    We've started with the first release of Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite some nearly a year ago and we upgraded to MR4 just before christmas... still having issues though

    Hence now we are looking at switching to another Anti-Virus Product to replace it..

    Looks like Sophos is a no go aswell; going on the views...
    Last edited by towen; 16th January 2009 at 06:44 AM.

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