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    Which one would you choose and why

    Hi

    Our AV software is up for renewal and I am wondering which of the following I should seriously consider. We have old/very old hardware (laptops mostly) so resource hungry AV is a NONO.


    1. Sophos
    2. Eset (good reviews and easy on resource requirements)
    3. Kaspersky

    I have also been offered as part of the LEA deal free McAfee but I am not sure about them. Used to swear by them years ago but now feel they have lost their way a little and are uncertain about the resource requirements. Moreover just because they are a free option for us does not make them an automatic choice (IMHO)!

    Grateful for any experience with the above so I can draw a shortlist of 2.

    Thank you very much for any input.

    Regards
    H

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    ESET has been good for me for the last 4 years.

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    I would avoid Sophos due to numerous bad experiences with it in the past. Same goes for McAfee, so I agree with your decision not to shortlist them.

    I evaluated ESET and Kaspersky a few years ago and both seemed good choices at the time; we went with something else in the end but I'd have been happy with either of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqua View Post
    Our AV software is up for renewal and I am wondering which of the following I should seriously consider.
    We use ESET - good price (£500 a year for a 400 pupil, 100 staff sized school), seems to deploy round workstations okay, doesn't seem to heavy on resources, seems to be quite discreet for end-users (doesn't produce endless popups). It did recently let a workstation here get infected with a Zeus botnet virus, but seemingly no antivirus client actually stops all threats these days - that infection was more the fault of our email filtering system, which should have been looking out for infected emails.

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    Have you thought about Vipre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    We use ESET - good price (£500 a year for a 400 pupil, 100 staff sized school), seems to deploy round workstations okay, doesn't seem to heavy on resources, seems to be quite discreet for end-users (doesn't produce endless popups). It did recently let a workstation here get infected with a Zeus botnet virus, but seemingly no antivirus client actually stops all threats these days - that infection was more the fault of our email filtering system, which should have been looking out for infected emails.
    Where did you go to get that price I have been quoted £1600 for 2 years (200 devices, 50 mailboxes and some servers)??

    Thank you.

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    Of the three - I'd give ESET alook. Never heard great things about Sophos and I've used Kaspersky. But... Are you an EES school? If so then you already have Microsofts Endpoint Protection, although that does require a SCCM server which is a pig to set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    , although that does require a SCCM server which is a pig to set up.
    But worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqua View Post
    Where did you go to get that price I have been quoted £1600 for 2 years (200 devices, 50 mailboxes and some servers)??
    I rang up ESET directly, their sales staff were very good - simple, straightforward. We have 160 devices, which might explain some of the price difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    although that does require a SCCM server which is a pig to set up.
    Doesn't actually require an SCCM server. You can simply extract the MSI's and install it. You are then able to manage it through GPO's.

    All you don't have by not using SCCM is a central management console, but then how often do you look at that anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simongrahamuk View Post
    Doesn't actually require an SCCM server. You can simply extract the MSI's and install it. You are then able to manage it through GPO's.

    All you don't have by not using SCCM is a central management console, but then how often do you look at that anyway?
    Can you still set up detection alerts (e.g. by email) without SCCM?

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    No you can't. Reporting should be seen as essential with AV - that's a big box ticked for e-safety, data protection etc. It's great for a workaround but please don't use a product without reporting, alerting etc permanently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    I rang up ESET directly, their sales staff were very good - simple, straightforward. We have 160 devices, which might explain some of the price difference.
    Thank you.

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    ESET and Kaspersky would be the two I would look at, been looking at Kaspersky in a school today and I am quite imrpessed with it.

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    I have Kaspersky and although it is ok I find it hard to do some things which I believe should be simple along with its huge renewal price (about £10,000 for 950 clients for 2 years). Am currently looking into Sophos at the moment.

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