Need anti-virus for lab with no Internet

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Can someone recommend a good free anti-virus and how I can have it updated as well even though there is no Internet in that lab
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Personally I find BitDefender quick and easy to install, and lightweight in terms of resources, but most of the major players will install in this way.
http://ccm.net/faq/3286-updating-your-antivirus-anti-malware-without-internet-connection

But, to be honest, without the internet, your lab's pretty safe.

However, if the point of the lab is to test compatibility of course, then you'd want to have it there just to simulate the real world.
Not so safe.  One infected USB stick could bring the whole thing down.  If it is a windows 7 lab, I highly recommend a paidd solution, Faronics DeepFreeze.  The best part about this app is you can set it so when ever the computer reboots it boots back into a state you select.

For instance,
you setup a pristine machine
install faronics deep freeze on it
machine gets infected or someone fools with it and messes something up or deletes a file
reboot machine and you are back to pristine

We use it on all our lab computers (used to use Microsoft Steady State before windows 7).
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any antivirus will need the internet to update it's virus lists regularly - so without internet, you would need to download these yourself, and install them on the lab PC - which seems not practical to me
the most practical suggestion is from Thomas imo
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ok well this is for a school and i think students store their documents on it.....

unless i tell them to store the documents on a flash drive

is there any free alternative to deep freeze??? cause i doubt they will purchase the software.....
There is a windows 7 compatible version of steadystate. Check the ms site. There is also a way to get steadystate working for 7 (I used both alternatives for a while)
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These computers still running Vista
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should work
Windows 7 solutions generally work on Vista.
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I read that steadystate is no longer available
That is true, but a quick search found a download here.here

The download stalled on me so I  looked a little further and found this discussion

http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/what-is-the-new-replacement-for-microsoft-steadystate-for-windows-7/

In which one of the comments points to this article:

http://www.instantfundas.com/2010/09/5-alternatives-to-windows-steadystate.html

Several people seemed to like the Returnil software.

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