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Best virus scanner for Exchange 2010?

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We're looking for an email virus scanner to run on our Exchange 2010 server (2 client access servers, 2 DB servers in a DAG). We're currently using Kaspersky for our client AV and have been happy with its performance so far.

For Exchange we'd want something lean, simple, and non-intrusive.  We run a virus scanner on our email gateway (Sonicwall) so this would server as a second line of defense and for any internal emails.

Also, it would be preferred to have the anti virus software run on the Exchange Client Access or Hub Transport server instead of the database servers, though I don't know how possible/realistic that is.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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All AV products have their issues, so it really comes down to some simple choices.

Avoid the big players (Symantec, McAfee, CA, Trend) because the malware writers test against those mainly.
Also rule out whatever you are currently using elsewhere.

Then it comes down to what you can buy outside of a suite.
My previous favourites was Forefront from Microsoft, but that has been dropped.
Currently the most widely deployed I have is GFI Mail Essentials, Security Edition. Multi-engine like Forefront.

It is licenced per mailbox, so you can have it installed on all servers - I don't have any sites with separate roles, so the question has never come up.

Simon.
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Hi donohoe1,

I prefer ESET NOD32, it has one of the lowest impact on system resources as well as provided one of the highest detection rates (see VB100): http://www.eset.com/us/business/whyeset/compare/

Here is the product: http://www.eset.com/us/business/#tab=baptab-3053

Here is a free trial too: http://www.eset.com/us/business/free-trial/

Cheers!
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by:Tony Giangreco
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We also use ESET. it puts a very light load on the system and out tests showed it caught infected files that Symantec endpoint protection never found.
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We're going to look into ESET. Its light load and reasonable performance is the key for us.
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