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    Choosing antivirus supplier

    Just looking at our options this year as Sophos has been a right pain and from reading around it's down to Sophos, Symantec or Kaskersky.

    Reading these on AV-Comparitives.org to help make an informed choice...

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/seite...e/report19.pdf

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/seite...ummary2008.pdf

    ...which should give some detection rate \ scanning speed etc figures. The other issue is system resources but there doesn't seem to be any official figures around for this so guess it's experience and recommendations on that front.

    If anyone wants to put their current product and their views on here as well it would be much appreciated.. particularly if it's one of the 3 above

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    Nod32 is apparently good and I'm looking at going with that when we get our money through.
    ESET - Antivirus Software with Spyware and Malware Protection
    education prices are half that of normal - quotes are quick and easy to get.

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    I'm also looking at dropping Sophos as soon as the license expires. Then I'm off to ESET most likely. Used the home product for years and only heard good things about the business / enterprise version plus they give (i think) 50% discount on Education purchases.

    http://www.eset.co.uk/

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    Just moved from Symantec to Kaspersky, and very happy with it! Wouldn't touch Sophos with a barge pole - also worth looking at Eset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    Been using NOD32 here for years, great product and great telephone support.
    And here

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    Another vote for NOD32. It's the best anti-virus available.

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    I'll throw in my vote for NOD32 as well - very quick scanning.

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    I recommend, er, let me think, Sofos, no: Sophos

    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Sophos has been a right pain
    I love feedback. Can you define "pain" so I can hit Product Management over the head? For instance what top three features would make you happily stay with Sophos?

    NOTE: All my own views. I don't respresent the company's views, et cetera.

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    One thing Sophos annoys me is the amount of memory it uses. one suggestion i could say it make an uninstall utility in the enterprise console.

    Other than that i haven't had any problems with Sophos myself.

    But today i still don't know of any enterprise AV package i can recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    One thing Sophos annoys me is the amount of memory it uses. one suggestion i could say it make an uninstall utility in the enterprise console.
    Interesting. Why would you want to uninstall it (I'm being serious - no jokes please )? OK you might be moving to another supplier but they have their own tools to help you. We've integrated an AV removal tool into our product to help all our customers displace other AV vendors and make it simple to switch over to us...

    Endpoint Security and Control 8: removal tool

    I wouldn't think too many people happily running Sophos would want a mass uninstall option in the console. If you're removing a number of machines from the network then you have to remove all software including the OS. I'd be interested in daily situations where you would find it vital. Where are these machines going and why don't you want to protect them any more? If they're staying on the network then they should have AV on them (as the Conficker virus has helped to highlight).

    If you really need a en masse central uninstall then...

    osql command from the database for hostnames (spat into a text file) + psexec @hostnameList.txt .... + vb script to call uninstall strings from registry = the feature you're after. 10 minutes work. No big secret.

    Any other requests?

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    Another one here for NOD, Sophos used to be great till the newer versions, saying that I havent used it for around 5 years!!

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    I wouldn't think too many people happily running Sophos would want a mass uninstall option in the console.
    Oh dear, what about the people who want to go with another product ?

    If you really need a en masse central uninstall then...

    osql command from the database for hostnames (spat into a text file) + psexec @hostnameList.txt .... + vb script to call uninstall strings from registry = the feature you're after.
    All that just to do a mass uninstall ?
    Trend - Click on the group in the console, click on uninstall, click on ok. DONE.

    No commands from the database to get names into a text file, no psexec, no vb script. Some people would have problems with all that as they are teachers and not IT Techies.
    Keep It Simple
    Last edited by mattx; 26th February 2009 at 09:41 AM.

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    <Excitedly puts hand up> ooOO!!! Me Me!! Nod32 Here as well

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    Another for Nod32

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    Sophos really processor heavy. Hopefully we will be looking at alternatives soon. Probably Nod32.



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