enterprise anti-virus suggestions wanted

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We currently use Sophos and are looking for another anti-virus solution to move to. Centralized mgnt console, centralized client deployment. I have been searching the web and see viper and bit defender out there. I am aware of Kaspersky,Trend Micro, McAffe. We had symantec before and it became to expensive to keep and pushing out to the clients had problems. All suggestions and comments welcome. Let me know your experience if you have used any of the programs mentioned.
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Sunbelt/GFI's Vipre is excellent - have moved most of my (former Symantec) clients to it and their claims are valid: small footprint; push installs work (most of the time ;); console control is effective, etc. etc. (Note: we do small business so can only vouch for installs of up to about 50 machines or so; but they are moving to hosted solution (GFI MAX) so they are confident it scales).

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oops - mean to add... make sure you mention your existing product. They are very aggressive price-wise under competitive upgrade (including 'buying out' any existing time you might have remaining with SEP).

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I have about 400 clients. a mix of pc's and laptops.
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At our business we are using the newest version of AVG.

The network installations, updates and management is a snap. Plus, it operates similar to WSUS, so you can set up a download server that downloads all the updates and then serves them to the clients as necessary. This way the clients aren't constantly trying to download from the cloud.

Plus, the biggest benefit with AVG was the fact that the price match.

I got a quote from Vexira because they were the cheapest guys around. Didn't hear a lot of great stuff, but I was on a tight budget.

I looked into AVG because I read great things about their Admin Console. They did a whole screencast with me and gave me a price. I told them I loved their product but the price was too high.

Then he asked me to fax a quote from Vexira. I did. They matched their price.

I got licensed for a REALLY good price. And so far it works awesome. That's my two cents.
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(We have 100 clients, a mix of XP, Vista and 7)
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I strongly recommend VIPRE as well - all my clients use it and it's very inexpensive.  The management console is great and the support is excellent.  They offer a 30 day trial - I suggest you contact them and get one to check it out yourself.  (I also find it VERY effective - it's not perfect, but then again, nothing is).

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Thansks jonahzona and raoool.  i have 99percent xp and a handful of windows 7. my servers are 2003 up to 2008R2.

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Thanks leew.

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Vipre's running fine for us on Win2K3, SBS 2003, Win2K8R2; XP, Vista and Win7 (32 & 64-bit). Have a couple clients on AVG and it works; but even 2011 version still needs to reboot too often. Vipre initial install will need to reboot (twice if you're removing something else with their admin scripts) but after that it just works.

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any other suggestions?
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