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What anti virus software do you use?

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  1. Eric Wu

    Eric Wu Mortgage Broker Business Member

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    Hi guys

    there are lots of small business owner here, just wondering what anti virus software do you use for your business computer?

    a friend of mine, who is also an IT guy, recommended Trend Micro and Sophos.

    regards
     
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    Trend is great - cheap and lightweight.

    It will depend on your network setup - post this question on the whirlpool or OCAU forums.
     
  3. Jamie Moore

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    Same as above - I use trend micro on all PC's. Never had an issue.

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
  4. Michael V

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    There are so many different options... Personally I use BitDefender - great value and performance. I would highly recommend BitDefender or Kaspersky. ESET is also a great top performer along with BitDefender.

    Trend Micro, McAfee and Norton are my least preferred of all :)
     
  5. Eric Wu

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    Hi @Michael V, BitDefender does have good review on Whirlpool, thanks. is it a heavy software which takes up lots of RAM ?
     
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    I'm an IT guy and would personally not recommend either :) Sophos is OK for enterprise environments.
     
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    Not at all, it is very lightweight. I am running the latest on my PC as I bought a 3 user licence and it performs very well. I've also used ESET in the past and did an excellent job. Both BitDefender and ESET are highly rated software.
     
  9. Eric Wu

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    thanks @Michael V, I will be using the software for my business laptop for my small business, the laptop will be used for business purpose only, just want it to be safe
     
  10. Michael V

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    Great idea :) you can't go wrong with ESET or BitDefender - both do an excellent job. I am running BitDefender AntiVirus Plus 2016 if that helps.

    Also, highly consider purchasing MalwareBytes Premium. It is a MUST if you want extra protection - I use it on all my devices. Free Anti-Malware & Internet Security Software
     
  11. Eric Wu

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    thanks @Michael V , where did you purchase the BitDefender?
     
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    Yeah that would be fine :)
     
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    Very biased here, I would recommend Windows Defender that comes standard within Windows. It's the service I develop and test daily.
     
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    If that was the case, many large corporations that I have worked for would have saved the $$ :) Yes it might be OK for the average user, but it has a long way to come before it can be a competitor.
     
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    I also work in IT and agree with everything @Michael V has suggested.
    Malware Bytes is the absolute bomb!

    Sophos is garbage! We ran it for several years until they released a false positive update that took us a week to recover from. Then the next week they send us a training invite for the cost of $2000. Safe to say the person who sent me the email got an absolute caning over the phone.

    We run Kaspersky now which I think is the best AV you can get but even that cannot beat simple user awareness. No matter what AV you have, if you are silly enough to open an email to "confirm an account" and got hit with the cryptolocker, best be preying you have backups.
     
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    +1 to this. Windows Defender would hardly protect from a CryptoLocker and we had a big outbreak when we ran Sophos as well.
     
  19. Jasmine

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    Agreed. It's aim is not to replace a third party AV product, but to provide a baseline that other AV products should better and provide additional value-added services and functions. Having said that, a few AV vendors have exited the market after it became standard.
     
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    We got hit recently whilst running ironport as our gateway (sophos AV) and then Kaspersky as our AV. Still didn't stop cryptolocker when someone opened an email from Australia Post stating "we cannot deliver your parcel" and for whatever reason downloaded the attached file.

    Boy did that cause some damage and a lot of IT headache. Thank god for backups!

    We have since spoken to 5 Kaspersky guys and even they say you cannot stop it. You can ease the damage but that comes at the cost of user accessibility.

    It is getting very out of control at the moment all this new and improved spam.
     
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