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    Best Anti Virus

    For performance which do people think is the best anti virus? I see antivirus as a necessary evil, i hate how most of them kill the performance of Windows, so i'm after opinions on which kills the pc least.

    We run Symantec Anti Virus Corporate, and have since 2003, its only our latest PC's that we do not notice the AV killing the PC and it would make PIII PC's die.

    We may be getting some Netbooks soon, and since the speed of these is less, i'm wondering which AV will not kill them. The version of Symantec we have does not support Vista or 7 , so were going to have to change it at some point. What i do like is the way symantec updates silently, which i think is important on managed stations.

    Any recommendations?

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    Have a look through this recent thread it maybe your best bet.

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    Thanks for the link, seems NOD32 is the way to go. Anybody have any idea on there educational prices?

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    I'd wager symantec corporate being lighter than most network based AV solutions around, the only one that's similar is Sophos. The former being the only real choice for CC3 based networks though, if you're RM'd up.

    Otherwise nod32 is very good but takes a LOT of work. It works on guilty until proven innocent theory, i.e. absolutely everything is a threat unless you say otherwise. I've grown rather fond of Avast! personally, it's light and fairly unobtrusive, works on all the system's I've got around the building from everything from XP up to 7/2008 without issue and is free too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    For performance which do people think is the best anti virus? I see antivirus as a necessary evil, i hate how most of them kill the performance of Windows, so i'm after opinions on which kills the pc least.

    We run Symantec Anti Virus Corporate, and have since 2003, its only our latest PC's that we do not notice the AV killing the PC and it would make PIII PC's die.

    We may be getting some Netbooks soon, and since the speed of these is less, i'm wondering which AV will not kill them. The version of Symantec we have does not support Vista or 7 , so were going to have to change it at some point. What i do like is the way symantec updates silently, which i think is important on managed stations.

    Any recommendations?
    When our network was CC3 we used Sophos and it was great. We controlled it through the Enterprise Management software on our servers and we had no real issues.

    We are now with the LEA and they have central servers running Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate. However I do believe they have updated their installation to support Vista (I may be wrong). We have noticed no issues with performance - but by that I mean nobody has complained LOL.

    Not much help - but both seem to be excellent products.

    GJE

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    Just moved to Kaspersky here from Symantec Corp - and absolutely love it, whatever Symantec does, Kaspersky does it better. NOD32 came in a close 2nd when we evaluated them all.

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    Not seen a Kaspersky installation as yet (managed on a network) - what's the general opinion on it? I quite like it (in fact it's the only paid AV solution I'd consider going near if there were not better free solutions available) on standalone machines.

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    as far as networks go I thought it was between NOD32 or mcaffee ? Not sure though, Have heard of kaspersky but never seen it in action.

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    Well i've put the home edition 30 day trial of nod32 on this netbook and it seems ok performance wise. Cannot tell its on really which is what i like. I've not tried our current Symantec on it yet will do on monday, but newer vesions have a habbit of getting worse as they add more unwanted gunk. Like AVG 7 use to just work and be fast, now AVG 8 seems really bloated.

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    Quakers -

    I am still in the Eval stage of NOD32 - but I just got a quote from my sales rep and the pricing for NOD32 in education if fabulous. I have been on TrendMicro for several years - it has been a very good product that scales great.

    I have just been looking at a different solution that I hope will handle protection better. It has been a battle lately with Trend for me - especially with malware - it seems to be getting in way to easy and then successfully pulling down Tojans. I get alerts but my NOD32 has picked up a number of things that Trend has missed in the last two weeks of eval.

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    I recommend AVG to my customers and have very few problems with it. I know they do an Enterprise version too.

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    Out of interest which resellers are people using to get Nod32?

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    Kaspersky all the way here. Quick, easy and affordable.

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    Sophos in use here but it's going in Summer, too bloated and doesn't like to tell you what's going on, apparently visiting each PC to find out whether it's cleaned or deleted a virus is an acceptable behaviour for an Enterprise level product

    Testing Kaspersky at the moment to replace Sophos, heard lots about NOD but a bit concerned at the detection rates being mentioned at the moment. AVG8 is a bit lumpy now and really see it as a home product rather than business personally.

    Symantec too resource heavy for me at the mo, might change my mind if the engine gets upgraded to the same as the new Norton home products that are meant to be light as a feather from what I've read

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    Make sure you have the latest Symantec corporate version, early versions did indeed bring computers to a stop because they had an automatically generated system scan run each time the computer turned on.

    This was fixed about 2 years with a patch and ever since then I've hardly even noticed it running, even on older pcs.

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