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it seems that my company's virus protection contract with Symantec has expired. i thought i would take this oppurtunity to look into other companies. We were using Symantec endpoint protection, anybody like something different?
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by:TheMammoth
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We use Symantec Endpoint corporate as well, its reasonably priced, updates well and doesn't seem to put too much load on PC's or Servers. It could be a case of "If it ain't broke - don't fix it...
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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We use SEP as well.  the university also offers the Sophos product - both seem to work very well.  I personally feel that the ESET product line is a whole lot better.  We have one installation here of ESET NOD32 witha perimeter firewall including upwards of 140 computers and they have yet to have an infection of any type.  The installations of ESET Smart Security 4 are on machines that have also not had any infections.  I admit this is probably partially due to user education and admin oversight (the ESET admin console is very powerful and easy to use).  If I had the authority to choose a solution it would be ESET, unfortunately we are currently locked into the Symantec contract.
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by:younghv
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Give us some more details about the topography of your network(s) and we can give you some more targeted advice.
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by:JeffBeall
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i have an active directory enviroment with 2 windows 2003 servers that are the domain controllers. there are only about 50 users. my domain has a trust relationship with another division over our tunnel. but we only share files, we don't share virus protection, email or things like that.
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by:Tolomir
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You can take a look at prevx business edition, with centralized maintenance: https://www.prevx.com/freenetworksecurityscan.asp
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by:lancecurwensville
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Kaspersky Business Space Security is an excellent solution.  The price point is reasonable, centralized deployment and management, relatively low memory footprint, and very dependable security and updates.  The one thing I have found with Kaspersky is that depending upon which reseller you select, the prices can vary significantly from reseller to reseller.
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When we switched off Symantec/Norton, Kaspersky offered a competitive upgrade price which also included 1-for-1 home-use licenses for every desktop license we bought.  YMMV, but the big discount and the free licenses was a big plus.  At the time, it was far less impact to the desktops (XP on P4/512-768MB), and didn't suddenly cut off users from the internet when the definitions fell behind.
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For the price (and $10/seat) and the performance I've seen so far, I don't think you can do better than MS MSE/Endpoint:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ff182914.aspx
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I'm quite happy with our Sophos solution, having used it, Symantec and McAfee at different companies over the last 15 years.
The pros are good detection, flexible client config, centralised management console with decentralised updating architecture, eminently scalable logical topology and good client component design.
The cons are some really poor reporting features, some difficulty with status alerting ("warnings" are classed as "errors" in the console for example) and the most recent console version suffering from some performance issues.
We've had plenty of infections - we have plenty of users with internet access! - but for me if the product prevents mass infection from one "patient zero", and gives me the option of an up-to-date Linux LiveCD for cases where one computer failed to keep up, I'm happy.
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thank you for the suggestions.
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