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Opinion Needed on Virus Software

Posted on 2004-10-09
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Last Modified: 2013-11-16
First I would like to asked a question of those currently using Computer Associates Inoculate ver 7 Antivirus software. Are you pleased both with the protection it provides and it's features?

Secondly for those running the Symantec Enterprise Antivirus software. Do you usd the Symantec software with Cisco's Network Admission Program for securing the connection of remote clients?
Are you pleased with the performance and how do you've this configured?
Below are some url's I've just looked at.  

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mayb you wil hv interest to read on this
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by:Tim Holman
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My view on virus software is that it will never protect against zero day attacks.
For example, someone writes a virus, but your system is exposed until a patch is written - average 6-7 days.
You really need some personal firewalls / host IPS to add that extra layer of protection.
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Used them both; Symantec is a better software, more stable and more reliable.

If you want the reasons for that; just say so... I have a list.

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i recommend avast! or sophos they are both good and i used it i have no problems at all, you can have avast for free
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Avast is Great!!! just dont sleep neer the server with the speakers on... otherwise youed go deep underground whenever you got a virus...



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i would recommend using Sophos, with Sophos update client this will update the IDE files on demand so you will allways be protected, best AV i have used to date

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ferg-o earned 300 total points
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Depends what you are after. We have been able to quickly demonstrate ROI to clients with McAfee's ePO, which makes it an easy sell to management.

As far as detection goes I do not see much between the better products.

In terms of zero-day attacks McAfee VS8.0i has some great port blocking features that can mitigate potential virus/worm/mass-mailer damage without requiring a desktop firewall on every machine. But they are all good at what they do - heuristics on all of them are valuable and available. They don't have such a large enterprise market share for nothing. Ask your Symantec integrators about that.

Asides from that - my experience is that CA products are only as good as CA's sales focus. They have over 1000 products apparently. One day security, one day storage, the next day who knows?  Symantec is an excellent security company, their main issues are internal and to do with rapid expansion and a very wide focus.

They know where their bread & butter is however - and that is SAV & NAV.

So my suggestion is go with the people in the yellow suits, or look at McAfee.



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Apologies for responding to my own post - however Trend & Cisco are also teamed up together to do similar things to SYMC NAC at a network level.

May want to look into whether Symantec or Trend are carrying the concept through to production and at what level.



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knoxj81 earned 150 total points
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I strongly disagree with the choice of AVAST very poor detection rate. Also Sophos is an okay choice. However, when choosing a Antivirus product, the only choice is the BEST.Below I'll provide you with the best security products, with free alternitives as well.

Kaspersky Antivirus 5.0 (new version) http://www.kaspersky.com/personal
This program is the best by far. It updates every 3 hours, scans web browser scripts also.
I've tested many other virus scanners through the years and this is by far the best.

AVG is also a great virus scanner (more for home user) not to mention they have a wonderful FREE edition.

Sygate Personal Firewall Pro - Compared to ZoneAlarm or Nortons which both have tons of exploits to drop their service like a fly. Sygate is the choice for a software firewall.

Sygate has a home editon for free as well.  www.sygate.com

AD-AWARE - www.lavasoftusa.com
If you can afford it by the PRO version, the extra feature AD-WATCH is well worth it for it monitors your registry and notifies you of any changes made allowing you to ALLOW or REJECT the request on the fly.

RegistryProt 2.0 - http://www.diamondcs.com.au/index.php?page=regprot
This is a free program to monitor all changes to registry. This is a must in security for you windows machine. Big help in eliminating spyware, Trojans, backdoors, etc..

BHO Demon - www.majorgeeks.com/download3550.html  (mirrored)
This is a must now-a-days if your running Internet Explorer! BHO is used in a lot of the recent IE exploits as well as keyloggers. Windows XP SP2 offers something along these lines, but why trust M$.

Intrusion Detection:
IDS ( Intrusion Detection System ): - snort.org
I was reading my Windows & .NET Magazine, and it has a great article on SNORT. Setting it up and everything. Page 51! Or you can buy the book SNORT 2.1 Second Edition. This program is absolutly promising, this is for extreme paranoid users & advanced users.

Backup Browser:
Mozilla Firefox – mozilla.com
It’s always a good idea to have a backup browser. Incase your default browser has exploits and your waiting for patches, or maybe your default browser isn’t working.

http://isc.sans.org/index.php?off=diary -Everyday info on the latest exploits/virus/security issues.
http://eeye.com - perfect for advisories and the best security software.
www.majorgeeks.com - Every program a nerd could think of!!
www.sygate.com – Great Software firewall.
www.kaspersky.com – Best AV on the market.
www.lavasoftusa.com – Best spyware removal program.
http://www.grisoft.com – Wonderful FREE AV.

Good Luck,


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cwkhang earned 150 total points
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take a look on these

ICSA Labs AV Laboratory Testing Report for August 2004

virus bulletin: a summary of the most comparative test
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by:Tim Holman
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I would also take a look at the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report -


This is ESSENTIAL reading and summises the attack/virus trends that Symantec have seen over the last 6 months.  Even Symantec admit there is a window of vulnerability, between virus release and patch release...

You have to put in your details before you can pull it down, but it's well worth it (that includes all you other experts reading this !!).

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The links proves that AVAST is no good.

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