Best Anti Virus Filtering for exchange and SPAM control

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Please advise the best anti virus filtering for exchange and spam control for exchange.

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
clearswift MIMEsweeper and Sophos Anti Virus (bolted together)
Hello jibran =)

For controlling Spam and Viruses,,,, my vote is for Mcafee for both the things :)

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Hi SheharyaarSaahil,
Don't rule our Mailscanner ( It is very good and completely free.
Even if you run it on an old PC and use it in addition to a commercial solution such as MIMEsweeper two virus scanners are better than one.
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jibranilyasAuthor Commented:
I couldn;t locate the windows installer for mailscanner..
jibranilyasAuthor Commented:
Do you guys recommend message labs mail filtering...

its the one in which you don't do much... they filter the mails for you...  

Does anyone use that? does it protect well against VIRUS + SPAM?
Mailscanner is Linux/Unix only.

We were using Messagelabs and it does work extremely well and even blocks the phising emails. However using a service such as this means you cannot effectivly do spam filtering yourself.
We went for amavisd-new which is like mailscanner and spamassassin for spam filtering and canceled messagelams instead of getting the spam filtering option from messagelabs aswell mainly for cost cutting reasons but also so that we could tune the spam filtering ourselves.

I am using exchange for 2year, my anti-virus was symantec version 8.1.. for me this is gud.

i have fullcontroll on all network clients, automtic sychronize update with my server.

these package also incluse. anti-virus for exchage that specialy made for exchange. it has spam filtering on eny types of parameter or screen you want. virus would be capture as soon as they arrive on the server even badmails. update would be 1 together with anti-virus.

try it, antivirus depends on the update but it helps me allot, i always recieve a 1 day old virus and they cant get throught.


Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
I use Symantec Mail Security for Exchange.  It incorporates both.  I have heard very good things also about GFI Products for SMTP servers and the AntiSpam
jibranilyasAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the info so far...

Any mail filters that stand out.......

we are using symantec AVF ... its not perfect... it has bugs
For the greatest bang for your buck - Believe it or not, go with an outsourced solution provider such as - they perform AV and Anti-Spam for only a few dollars per email address per month.  Plus, if you are ever down they cache your incoming mail until you are back up...  They have Level3 datacenters, so their connections are fast and reliable.  All you do is point your MX records to them, and they redirect SMTP to you.  Plus, the anti-spam portion allows the most basic of users to be able to handle their own "questionable" emails while offloading that from IT / Helpdesk.  

Do the math:

MacAfee / Symantec for Exchange
A/V Server software = $1000 + (100 users x $25 = $2500) = $3500 for 2 years
A/S Server software = $4000 + (100 users x $15 = $1500) = $5500 for 2 years

Total Layout = $9000
Adjusted Cost per year = $4500 for 100 users
Don't forget your time required to install and hope that it doesn't bring down your server.

100 users x $2 per user = $200 month = $2400 / year
Total Layout = $0
Less Risk - Nothing to install, just redirect your MX records in DNS.

Take care,

Rich Corbett

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jibranilyasAuthor Commented:

I was looking at messagelabs for the outsourcing.... any apparent differences between content catcher and messagelabs?

Thanks so much for the detailed analysis
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