Recommended anti virus and anti malware programs

Posted on 2012-08-17
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
I'm setting up a dozen new computers for our business.  They are dell optiplex 390's that come with a 30 day trial version of Trend Micro Client Server Security Agent.  I also have access to Symantec's SEP 11.

Should I uninstall Trend Micro and install SEP 11?  Is Trend Micro good and should just pay for it?  Is SEP 11 out of date?

Would would people recommend for other anti malware programs?

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    by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
    definitely do your own research.  there are as many opinions here as there are experts.  That said, DONT install trend micro or SEP.  Use only one antimalware product.  I tend toward GFIs Vipre Business.
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    by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
    Windows security essentials is doing very well:

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    Kaspersky PURE 2.0 Total Secuirty

    On sale right now and is one of if not the best available today. AVG is a good one as well.

    Stay away from Norton - enough said... Those who know... know. Don't install anything from Norton.

    In the interim until you have something installed, Microsuck Security Essentials is Okay.
    Remember, only run ONE security program at a time. Running multiples will cause problems.
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    by:John Hurst
    Symantec is NOT Norton and has never been in any recent past. There are lots of good products around and SEP 11 and 12 are amongst them. SEP is easy on workstation resources (I don't even know it is running) and the same product will go on a Server and be managed from there if you have a server.

    Pick one of the main line products and use only one. If you choose to use Kaspersky, put it on a machine with every conceivable software application you will run and make sure it does not block anything. Double check iTunes (which appears to be picky but works fine with SEP).

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    Since you are using for business then best to play safe with a light but performing antivirus.
    Bitdefender is recomended.

    Never install more than one antivirus software as they clash with each other and slow your PC to a snails pace.

    Hpe ths hlps.
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    If you want to look into different options then look at eScan ISS, Works very well in CS environment. Very good technical support round the clock
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    The recommendation above for "Microsoft Security Essentials" is incorrect. There is a maximum of 10 users/business free.

    If you want to use the MS product (which I do recommend) you should take a free trial of their "Forefront" product:
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Re: Microsoft Security Essentials  - what younghv said.

    Re: Norton/Symantec - they are made by the same company and might as well be the same product.  I have about a dozen clients and every one where I have control, I use VIPRE - I haven't had to clean a virus in months from those systems; in all cases, since I switched them to VIPRE.  BUT, the one major client I don't have control over in an a publishing office (you'd think fairly low risk) gets infected about once per month and they are "protected" by Symantec.  

    But I agree - asking for the best product in this category is like asking for a definitive answer on the best ice cream flavor.  There is none.  Everyone has their favorites...
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    Everyone has their favorites. Mine is Orea Cookie Ice Cream :P at leew

    For basic users that don't use much web browsing- Microsoft Security Essentials. The others that use higher web surfing, I would do AVAST on them. IF you wanted to go free route.

    However- Since you have multiple computers in your environment, I would really recommend getting a Sonicwall put in place probably a TZ100 on the WAN. Also pay for the security bundle. We have deployed multiple of these for different clients and its awesome because you can see real time the attacks and breaches that it blocks.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I'd rephrase Ben_b3n's SonicWall recommendation - you want a UTM device (Unified Threat Management) that can do these sorts of things.  SonicWall is just one vendor.  Another that I've used is Fortigate.  Then there's Cyberoam, Calyptix, and many others.  Further, you do not want to use these devices INSTEAD of an antivirus - you want to use them INCLUDING an antivirus program.  Multiple threat mitigation applications and protections will increase your security and stability when they aren't run on the same system.
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    I get the impression that attempting to provide you with solid advice is a waste of time.

    You give no feedback to the suggestions posted, then arbitrarily award half the points to a link to an advertising magazine, a quarter of the points to a suggestion that is flat wrong, and ignore solid suggestions from experts who took the time to try to help you.

    I have no way of knowing how much thought you put into closing this question, but you should give strong consideration to actually reading the advice that is posted.

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    I should have a commented.  I chose to go with Webroot software, which I use my own computers. The fact that it was also recommended in the PC Mag link factored into my decision to use it.  As far as the Microsoft security essentials I had not considered using it until I saw the posts.  I need to put it on too many computers to use it.  My site has a firewall.  I simply did not want to use the AV - Trend Micro that shipped with the computers from Dell. And I don't like Norton.

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