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What virus scanner solution?

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What virus scanner solution would be suitable for a company of 15 -20 employees.
I would like it to be remotely managed and controlled centerally and work with or proxy server.
The virus scanner most be a light weight process as the computers are used for programming and graphics editing and need alot of processor resources.
Any suggestions on what would be needed? Are they any gateway scanning software and is this effective? we have a windows xp machine with two network cards as in briged mode running softperfect bandwidth manager would it be possible to put a gateway virus scanner on this machine?
I would be grateful for any ideas.
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I think a gateway solution is good, but clients on the PC's are better overall. I prefer McAfee for managed solution, mcafee clients installed on servers and pc's and they can be managed from one location. McAfee clients as well as the Exchange virus scanner scan emails as they arrive, on the clients it looks for viri, and on the exchange server it looks for spam and viri.
If it's possible, taking away admin rights from users is the best way to mitigate against viri and spyware
http://richrumble.blogspot.com/2006/08/anti-admin-vs-anti-virus.html
McAfee's on-access scan is very non-intrusive and over the past 8 years has served us very well. Others will say, mcafee sucks, or norton sucks etc etc... everyone has their own experiences with these solutions, and mine with mcafee have been very good.
-rich
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ePO

I've been using McAfee/NAI ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) for almost 5 years and recomend it every chance I get.
It is scalable (from very small to several 100,000+ host networks) and configurable (settings, scans, updates, etc) for all time zones and all functions.
My networks have typically been in the 1,500 - 2,000 host range.
On a daily basis, 100% of my computers (that have touched the network in the past 24 hours) have the most current definition files.
The detailed information (hardware, software, firmware, user info) collected from the 'agent' running on the remote host is enough to make even a crusty old Security Manager smile.
I have gone through four NT - AD migrations. Two with ePO and two without. The grunt work involved in the migration is probably halved with it.
BTW - asking Security folks which is the 'best' anything is bound to raise a ruckus.
The efficacy of several applications is about even - AT THE HOST LEVEL.
Nothing I've seen (11 years in Network Security) matches up to ePO/McAfee.
And it is configurable (repeat) for % of processor used and time of scans.

The Administrator configures all of the settings and it is taken out of the users hands - a highly desirable trait for this Administrator.
Good Luck,
Vic
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WillMorr06,
Any new info on this one?
Vic
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