Antivirus for Small Business

Hi Experts,

I am looking for an Antivirus software which meets my requirements below;

- cover at least 100 computers
- Cost is not an issue, I need good security
- manageable from the server or webconsole
- no user interaction needed, for updates etc.
- not resource intensive.

Best Regards,

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Danny RobinsonIT Support ConsultantCommented:

I would recommend ESET node32, we use this in many business environments and is very easy to manage and it is very  resilient.
Automatic scans can be scheduled through remote administration and also remote installations.

I would however make sure you go for version 5 as version 6 has proven very flaky and unusable for ourselves.

Hope this helps.

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helpfinderIT ConsultantCommented:
Also you can go for Symantec - very decent solution

Regarding ESET, I have it in one company (30+ clients) and it´s OK and woring but as Danny said, version 6 (I do not mean AV version bud Remote Administartor version 6) seems not so good as 5. But on other hand if you are not used 5 you won´t be disappointed. Little plus for ERA6 is that you can run it as Virtual Appliance, so separate VM without need to install it on server and share with another roles and features maybe.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Newest versions of Kaspersky, Bit Defender and Symantec Endpoint (not Norton) are all top rated.

My clients all use Symantec Endpoint Protection. Cost is competitive, Manages from Server (and has an unmanaged client if needed), updates occur without user interaction and CPU resource is very low.
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
I will have a look into ESET. thanks for the help guys
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would advise AGAINST Symantec - in my experience they do a very poor job of testing the product.  I will grant you the last 6-12 months has been better, but for YEARS before that, while I had to regularly clean viruses/re-install systems that were "protected" by Symantec, my preferred product, VIPRE Antivirus didn't allow a single thing through at my clients that used it.  I think you'll find that roughly half the people recommending a product will swear by Symantec - the other half will swear AT Symantec.  VIPRE offers a great console for management and deployment, doesn't interfere significantly with the performance of the machine, allows for policies and machine groupings, and is low cost.

It's been years since I tried Nod32 but it wasn't very effective either.  That said, you should keep in mind that you are asking a "what's the best flavor of ice cream" type question - EVERYONE has their opinion and experiences.
peggiegregAuthor Commented:
well at the moment we are using f-secure, which seems very solid and picks up everything but the issue is that I need something which has a management / deployment console. something that will flag up a virus.

thanks for all the help so far guys!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
F Secure is OK as well.
Adam LeinssServer SpecialistCommented:
Another vote for ESET.  We use to run Symantec in the early support wasn't very good.  I suggest using a web filtering solution + AV.  Our virus incidents dramatically went down when we put a new Internet filter appliance in.
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