Which antivirus shall I go for?

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which Antivirus shall do you prefer for 400 PCs and 30 servers, currently we use Avast.  I cant to change is. which one is the BEST?

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The same discussion is going on here (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_27676816.html)
I won't repeat my recommendations, but they all apply.

As an aside, please don't expect too much agreement on which is "BEST" - that is always going to be highly debated and/or hotly contested.
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I use Symantec Endpoint protection. I lik eit it beacsue I NEVER have to touch a users computer to upgrade to client, scan, or push out new rules to it. It's all done from a acentral location. I can recomend it to you.
Tony JohncockLead Technical Architect
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You will never get an agreement on what is the best.

Even professionally conducted reviews will throw up disparities in the basic operations - some will catch things others miss; some will use more resources for one particular type of scan than the others and others yet may have better management (again, subjective).

Some people swear by ForeFront on their Windows boxes as it's written by Microsoft and the argument goes that who better to patch their vulnerabilities plus the tight integration with other management products such as SCCM. Others still won't touch a MS product with a bargepole if they can absolutely avoid it.

What I would consider, personally, are the following (in no real order of preference or importance, because even these will vary between people:

Cost per node - fundamentally, this can vary massively and is still important;
Efficacy - what kind of detection rate does the product show in various reviews;
Performance - how much load does it put on the end points;
Management - does it have a centralised console of some kind? How easy is it to get reports and see, at a glance what is or more importantly what is not protected;
What is included - do you get antimalware or just antivirus? Web protection? You get the idea;
Is it compatible with all of your clients or does it only support a subset of them?

Good luck.

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How about "Microsoft Security Essentials", do you think this is good.  at the end of the day i use windows, they must be professional in their environment.
Tony JohncockLead Technical Architect

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I use it on my personal system and it's fine, but there's no centralised management etc.

Plus I believe the license for business use only allows up to ten PCs.
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This is part of the comment I posted in the other question (mentioned above):

"You should also evaluate MS Endpoint (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/forefront/endpoint-protection.aspx).

Both products have free download trials which you should always do before deciding.

You should also plug in all the numbers to find your actual operating cost for each product."
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Regardless of what you choose, you should take advantage of the "Free Trials" offered and actually install/test anything before you buy it.

You are going to be the ultimate judge of what works best for you and you need to be satisfied before pulling out the checkbook.

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I have used Eset NOD, very light on computers and excellent support
I have used Office Scan 9 and 10 - Pathetic support and poor against viruses, sucks resources
Symantec EndPoint Security, Ok support, great AV, light on computers

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