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Best cost benifit ratio for AV software

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Hi, a little subjective but I will try.
I am runing 3 XP clients protected with Norton. I have recently installed a W2K server to contol everything.
What do you recommend to protect the server? We have an always on broardband connection.

Thanks
Dave
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A: A hardware firewall, broadband router at least.
B: All operating system and application patches.
c: Turn off all services that are not needed, disable unneeded shares.
D: rename Administrator, have good passwords  and disable GUEST (at least)
    Do not routinely connect as administrator. A misbehaving application, virus or trojan on the workstation you connect from won't be contained on the server.
E: Develop a backup and retention policy and backup
F: backup
G: did I mention backup?
H: Now you can start to examine AV products:

http://www.icsalabs.com/html/communities/antivirus/certification/certprod.shtml
Is a list of products ICS labs has certified. Some of the smaller players should be considered. Running a different product on the server has pro's and cons. The vendors react to different threats with different approaches and at different times, using more than one product may mean one will detect the virus sooner than another, and one may be able to clean a file another cannot. The upside to a homogenous platform is familiarity with the product and it's quirks, although often the server product is rather different.

I'd look at:

Avast $399
Kaspersky $370
Grisoft $70


I: Backup
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by:Muskett
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Thanks, better than I expected,
I have HW firewall router (am using SIP VoIP)
All patches up to date
Good point and often overlooked re Administrator and Guest, They are now gone!
back up is half daily to a second HDD weekly to DVD
Like the idea of different vendors for Server and W. Stations

Cheers
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