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Anybody have a suggestion with regards to good antivirus programs for "windows server 2012"?

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John Hurst earned 400 total points
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We use Symantec Endpoint Protection on Server 2012 (All clients) and use that to (a) protect the server and (b) manage the client computers which also use SEP.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Asking for a preferred antivirus is a bit like asking for a preferred ice cream flavor.

For example, I've had nothing but negative experiences over the years whenever encountering Symantec Antivirus and I would never recommend it.

These days I use a combination of products - a Clam AV based scanner built in to the router (Untangle; in use at most of my clients) and VIPRE antivirus (business).  Great console and I can't recall the last time my clients were infected (it's been years).
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by:Ned Ramsay
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If you are just running the standalone server and nothing else then pretty much any antivirus will do, ESET is very good for the price and performance.

If you are using this server and wish to manage many other workstations from it, then I recommend using Sophos as it allows granular control and is not as bloated as symantec.
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> Asking for a preferred antivirus is a bit like asking for a preferred ice cream flavor.

LOL! indeed.

> For example, I've had nothing but negative experiences over the years whenever encountering Symantec Antivirus and I would never recommend it.

i actually don't recommend any AV software as technically they are virus as well as they use the SAME virus way to grab controls and resources of your computer.
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by:btan
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MalwareByte Anti-Malware & Anti-Ransomware which has been widely deployed esp in area to watch over ransomware. https://www.malwarebytes.com/products/
But I will supplement it with Malware Anti-Exploit or HitmanPro.Alert (http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert) too. For that extra layered checks against exploitation attempts.
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by:gregholl
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Thanks guys. I'm not talking about ice cream flavours, and I didn't say "best" or "preferred" AV software. Just getting some suggestions. Because I tried Kaspersky and it didn't install. Thanks John, for the help

P.S. I am using it as a standalone server.

Greg
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Thanks btan!
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by:Lee W, MVP
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All business class antivirus products install on servers.  Including Vipre.  And apparently you missed my point.  Good luck.
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Thanks and good luck with your chosen product.
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