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Evaluating Network Antivirus/Security Suites - Microsoft Forefront, Avira Antivir, Kaspersky, Symantec


I'm currently installing a Windows SBS 2003 server for our new network of approximately 20 client PCs (16 Vista, 2 MAC, 2 Linux), and I've been evaluating different antivirus/security suites, but I can't seem to make up my mind, which products give the best value for money (There's not all that much of a price difference between them anyway).

I want to move away from Symantec and McAfee as they've caused us so many issues. What do the experts make of Avira Antivir, Kaspersky Security Suite, Forefront to protect an SBS 2003 server, Exchange 2003, and mainly Vista clients?

Has anybody had good/bad experiences with the above?
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Vic, have you tried installing AVG on an SBS server before? I am very familiar with the desktop client and while it is a good product, and cheap, Kaspersky and Avira security products are rated as far more secure in independent penetration tests...

Also how does AVG do in a server-client environment. Can you push/administer the client software from the server? Are there any software conflicts with VPN clientts?
I have only done one - but it was as simple as you would expect from your desktop client experience.

For large Enterprises, my first choice for years has been McAfee ePO - but I had no budget constraints (world-wide site license).

These days I am going with AVG from a cost, simplicity, and effectiveness standpoint.

Just to help me out, give me a link to the tests you mentioned. In the old days many of the different AV companies would fund their own studies - and win the evaluation.

Everything I've seen and read about AVG is that it is definitely top-tier.


Avira is the top rated product. I am curious of the tech support. Plus, it works on linux.