AV on internet-facing servers

Is there any logic why you would not put AV apps on internet-facing web servers? I would have thought due to their public exposure they are a higher risk for AV infection.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
actually they are a low risk as they don't have users with the ability to run exectuables. .. browse malware sites. the only real execuable that is running is the web server software itself
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McKnifeCommented:
Services have errors, all the time. So if your webserver suffers from some 0-day explout, attackers might be able to run code using the service account (of the web service). Not quite what I'd call "low risk". AV software might stop that code.

But AV software is not the best measure. You should turn on applocker and whitelist only the components needed by the web server.
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