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The Best AV Solution?

Despite vendor's claims and media hype, there is no single "best" antivirus solution. All antivirus software has its strengths and weaknesses. Some are better at detection, but poorer at repairing damaged files. Nobody has a prefect track record. When choosing an antivirus solution, weigh in factors such as vendor support and response rate, frequency and reliability of updates, software compatibility, license terms, etc., 

A smart alternative is to use two antivirus vendors for different tasks. For example, we use Trend Micro on our servers (including mail servers), and another (AVG) on our workstations and laptop. If one layer fails to intercept a virus, the other layer usually will. (And yes, some code occasionally makes it through one of the layers.) Sure it's a bit of a hassle updating different vendor solutions, but we get bombarded by so many trojans, worms, and other viruses every day, we don't want to risk ruining our reputation by propagating a virus to our clients and visitors. I'm betting your company can't afford to either. 


Anti-Virus Vendors

There are more than just a few choices when deciding on an AntiVirus solution. Companies take different approaches to the problem of identifying and eradicating malicious software code. 
Leading AntiVirus Vendors
Kaspersky Lab offers a wide range of anti-virus solutions for both individual users and corporate networks of any scale. They provides all types of anti-virus protection: anti-virus scanners, monitors, behavior blockers and integrity checkers. It supports all of the most popular operating systems, e-mail gateways and firewalls. 

Formerly AVX, BitDefender publishes a variety of antivirus products for home and corporate users. BitDefender Professional ensures antivirus protection, as well as data confidentiality, active content control and Internet filtering.

Command Software Systems
Publishers of Command AntiVirus, which is available in both single user and enterprise versions for a variety of operating systems including Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, Sun Solaris, and NetWare.

Eset Software
Eset makes the multiple award winning NOD32 AntiVirus system for DOS, Windows 9x/NT/Win2000, and Novell.

Frisk Software
FRISK Software International is a global software developer specializing in anti-virus products and virus research since 1989. Their virus scanning engine, F-Prot, detects over 60,000 viruses and trojans.
on DOS, all versions of Windows (desktop and server), as well as Linux

F-Secure is a leading strategic provider of powerful data security solutions including AntiVrus, file encryption, VPN, firewall products.

InDefense technology takes a fresh, new approach to the problem of malicious code infection. Realizing that antivirus methods dependent on signature updates can never hope to match the rapid spread of a mass-mailing email worm, InDefense technology is completely update-free. Dynamic code analysis, True ID© filtering, and macro certification provide the timely defense strategy required by today's interconnected world

McAfee/Network Associates
McAfee, the global leader in security solutions and service, provides manageable virus, malicious code, and content security for today's demanding e-business environments

NetZ Computing
Makers of InVircible, a complete generic solution that doesn't need constant and scheduled updating. InVircible uses a compact and invariable knowledge base, instead of the gigantic 'virus definition' database, with their endless updates, as in traditional AV

Norman Virus Control
Norman is one of the world's leading companies within the field of data security, and launched its first virus control software in 1989 - as one of the pioneers - and has been in the battle ever since

Panda Software
Panda Software was founded in 1990 by Mikel Urizarbarrena with the aim to offer total antivirus protection to all types of users, from large corporations to home users. Their AntiVirus software offers protection for win 2000/NT/Me/98/95, further enhanced by a powerful heuristic engine. It effectively seals off all possible entry points viruses might use to access computers, including e-mail, News groups and the Internet.

Proland Software
Proland's Protector Plus range of antivirus products are known the world over for their efficiency and reliability. Protector Plus has been tested by our clients in over 100 countries, and is available for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT server, Windows NT workstation (Ver 3.51 and 4.0), Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 3.x, DOS and NetWare (Ver. 3.11 to 5.0) servers.

Pelican Software SafeTnet
Pelican's flagship product line, Pelican SafeTnet, defends organizations from threats such as destructive Internet viruses and hackers who attempt to exploit the security weaknesses of the Windows client to gain unauthorized access to vital corporate resources. SafeTnet was the only technology to proactively block the malicious actions of the "Love Bug" worm when it first hit in early May 2000

Sophos Anti-Virus provides cross-platform computer virus protection in a single, fully integrated product. It can provide both on-access and on-demand scanning for most platforms, and on many platforms can be automatically distributed from a Central Installation Directory.
Sophos Anti-Virus is available for: Windows NT/2000/XP; Windows 95/98/Me; DOS/Windows 3.1x; Macintosh; Unix; OS/2; NetWare; and OpenVMS.

Stiller Research
Stiller Research is the developer and publisher of Integrity Master, a top-rated anti-virus and data integrity product. Integrity Master is a top-rated virus checker that also provides security, change logging, and full protection of PCs and networks from all threats. Integrity Master is the only ASP product capable of scanning for viruses.

Symantec is a leading provider of virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, and remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards.

Trend Micro
Founded in 1988 by Steve Chang, the Tokyo-based corporation is a leader in network antivirus and Internet security software and services. Its solutions protect the flow of information on PCs, file servers, email servers and at the Internet gateway, providing a complete, centrally-controlled VirusWall for enterprise networks. TrendLabs is Trend Micro's ISO 9002 - certified antivirus research and support center. Its global team of more than 250 engineers works around the clock to keep users informed and protected from the latest virus threats


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