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Antivirus email protection on Symantec Endpoint Protection

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I'm deploying some antivirus packages and had a couple questions. With Endpoint protection is it OK to disable the Antivirus email protection if you are ONLY using Exchange. Or i guess in other words is there any benefit of this feature for Exchange clients. I was under the impression that this only protects clients who have POP3 accounts or does a direct send to/from the workstation itself. Here is the deal anyway, I have a few clients that have some automated email reports using IIS and the SMTP feature on the workstation. The Symantec stuff messes with that and I was told to remove it. Rather than create yet another group of clients I was wondering if ALL clients could be without the POP SMTP email if they were using Exchange.
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Does your Exchange Server have antivirus protection? If so, you don't need it on the clients who only use Exchange. Clients that retrieve emails from external POP servers are a different story. Having said that, I don't use the email protection at all - if there is a malicious attachment, the regular file protection will catch it when the attachment is saved or opened.
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Yes, the exchange server has the same AV protection installed - with only the AV and antispyware features. We actually have AV protection on a sonicwall device (gateway security suite) and we use a service called Postini for SPAM and Virus filtering. I ike having several layers of preotection but I was kind of thinking the same as you in just letting the file protection filter what little may get through. DO you think any of the higher end Syamtec products are worth buying - don;t they have a version of the software that integrates with Exchange and Exchange clients?
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And one more thing - I have just used AV and antispyware on my servers and all features on workstations. I remove the email protection for everything, so just those two packages with the minor tweak of removing email protection.
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