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#1 sari

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Posted 28 August 2005 - 09:12 AM

I'm currently evaluating anti-virus solutions for a Windows 2003 server with MS Exchange. I currently run Norton Corporate Edition, but as I'm upgrading to a new server and my subscription is expiring, I'd like to explore other options. I'm looking at NOD32 and Panda, among others, and just wondered if anybody has any useful input one way or the other. I'm looking primarily for reliability and response to new threats, plus the ability to push updates automatically to users with no intervention. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted 28 August 2005 - 09:20 AM

I personally use NOD32 and I would definitely recommend it. It's give a 5 star rating here and it has been awarded at many other places too.
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Posted 28 August 2005 - 10:18 AM

I've used Kaspersky's Anti-Virus 2 years , Server Edition, on win2k server.

I have no complaints, or desire to try another anti-virus.

This program was chosen after much testing as the ONLY alternative to NOD32...

The scan speed (manual) is less. The resource use (footprint) is slightly more in background use, (not hugely significant to ME).

KAV scans slower than NOD32. On virus updates it's a toss up. Both are excellent. On certain trojan exploits, KAV is slightly more robust than NOD32. Both have an exemplary record on virus ID in the wild.

As I am experienced and comfortable with the record of KAV, I have no desire to change programs. It's trustworthy, robust, and rapidly updated.

To the best of my knowledge, there is NO other choice, which disregards these two scan engines, that exceeds their performance. There is, however, a new program (not tested yet by me) .. that uses BitDefender engine *and* KAV engine. While it would seem this would slow performance, it also offers a 2nd set of virus defs, and heuristic filters, that likely would marginally improve recognition of the newest exploits.

My recommendation would be for anyone considering a program purchase: Nod32 for freestanding, espcecially if there was a resource bottleneck on a workstation.. and KAV for network use, (as I know for a fact it's stable and reliable under those conditions)..

As both programs have a free trial, and I have received responses from both companies to emails, my sincere recommendation is to try both programs in an enterprise setting to make an informed decision. It seems to me that the speed of performance is less significant than the reliability of the protection.

Were I the person responsible for an enterprise's security, I would not make a decision based entirely (nor even mostly) on scanning speed.

Edited by mitchshrader, 28 August 2005 - 10:27 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 03:35 PM

I recommend Kaspersky as well, it's probably the best suite around...

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