Free anti-virus that runs on Win 2008 R2 & Win 7 64bit

To be able to run Cisco AnyConnect VPN on my Win 2008 R2 (x64),
I'm required to install one of the anti-virus below on my laptop:

avast!, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, McAfee, MS Forefront (Client Security & Endpoint
Protection), Windows Defender, Bitdefender, Norton/Symantec, TrendMicro.

Which of the above are free version (the free Edition is acceptable by
AnyConnect) could run on Win 2008 R2 & Win 7 x64?

If it could support Win 2012, so much the better but this is not crucial.
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Open the following link from your server OS, or from a 64 bit version of Windows 7 (otherwise you may get a 32 bit version or other wrong version):

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/security-essentials-download

It updates automatically, or if you go to Windows updates, do so manually.
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awawadaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
For Windows 7 x64 I know Microsoft Security Essentials (free / also Windows Defender under Windows 8 & 8.1) will work.
For Servers you need a paid version.

Have also a look here:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/security/anyconnect-secure-mobility-client/products-device-support-tables-list.html
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awawadaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
After researching for you AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition and Avira AntiVir Personal should also work with Windows 7.
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Only m$'s security essentials will run on server 2008 (r2) and is also free. As far as I know, you are allowed to use it in commercial environments for up to 10 PC's. On 2011 servers it no longer works.

The other free AV utilities you can only run on desktop OS's, not server OS's, and you are only allowed to use them on private PC's (not PC's used in companies).

Clamav is an OpenSource and free AV tool you can use on as many PC's you want, also on company PC's, but it has one large disadvantage. The Windows version doesn't do automatic on-access scans, so you have to manually scan every new file, and run system scans regularly. This means you aren't automatically protected like with the other AV utilities, and it requires lots of discipline on the sides of the users to be of any use.
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awawadaCommented:
Hi Rindi how are you?

Just a note:
According to MS, Security Essentials will not support Server OS and we had many problems on our temporary Servers with it.
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It does support Server 2008 (r2). I've installed it and it is running on my 2008 r2 servers. But as I mentioned above, it won't run on the newer servers (2012 and above) anymore.

One other thing, m$ security essentials is mainly meant for PC's running XP, and m$ has guaranteed that it'll keep on getting updates for at least one more year. I'm not sure what exactly that means, maybe after that it will be dropped completely, also for higher OS's. So possibly next year you may have to replace it with another AV utility.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
The free AV for Win 2008 R2 is most crucial for me.

Care to point me to a good link where I can download a copy
of the free MS Security Essentials for Win 2008 R2?

How do I keep it updated?  Cisco AnyConnect requires it to
be updated every 7 days else the VPN won't work
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awawadaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Rindi we installed it and also ran on some of our temp 2008 r2 Servers before we had some problems. After we opened a MS case.

We were pointed to:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-product-information#tabs1=sysreq

As you can see support OS are only:
Operating System: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)*; Windows Vista (Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2)*; Windows 7
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awawadaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
@sunhux
I would not install Microsoft Security Essentials on any Server 2003 - 2008 R2!

Please have a look:
https://www.google.com/webhp?tbm=dsc#newwindow=1&q=Microsoft+Security+Essentials+Server+site%3Amicrosoft.com+&tbm=dsc
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rindiCommented:
What types of problems did you have? I haven't experienced any yet. But I only use my 2008 servers now and then.
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awawadaCommented:
@rindi
My team had some strange poblems with some Roles and Features. I can't remember or ask because today is a holiday day in Switzerland :)

Microsoft told us that Security Essentials have never been tested or designed for Servers!
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rindiCommented:
So you are also in Switzerland, like me:).
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awawadaCommented:
Yes Rindi :-) You are not alone...
Freude herrscht!
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
I'm not so concerned as the Win 2008 R2 is running on my
laptop used by me for AnyConnect VPN only: so long as
the VPN is happy, I'm happy.

I don't use Roles etc.

avast!, Kaspersky & Symantec is not free for Win 2008 R2

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/security-essentials-download
Will download/install from above link & update
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awawadaCommented:
I'm not so concerned as the Win 2008 R2 is running on my
laptop used by me for AnyConnect VPN only: so long as
the VPN is happy, I'm happy.

Ok then you can use Microsoft Security Essentials. Avast has a free version, but has problems with Cisco AnyConnect.
No Kaspersky & Symantec are not fee yet.
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rindiCommented:
Besides that, the free version of Avast!, like so many other free AV versions won't install to a server OS's, but rather only to Desktop OS's, so they aren't really an option.

One thing you could also consider though, if this is just a trial environment, is to use commercial trial AV software. As far as I know most of them allow you to download, install and test their software for a trial period for free. Just don't ever get anything from Symantec, as all their stuff isn't much better than malware!
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awawadaCommented:
I hate Symantc too Rindi! :)
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
The MS AV installs without error & even run a Quick Scan on
my Win2008 R2 laptop.

Then AnyConnect launches.

If there's no objection, I'll close this thread tomorrow
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