Anti Virus Roundup

Choosing the right anti virus product for your business means more than finding the best virus stopper, it's about finding the right product that can be managed and deployed without causing chaos during working hours.

Virus scanning technology is very effective at recognising known threats using virus signature files containing data on the characteristics of known viruses. However, there will often be a time lag between the release of a new virus and the release of a new signature file, simply because it is impossible to produce a virus signature if there is no virus to work from. Therefore, the more updates and the quicker they come the better.

Any anti virus package worth is box will also have a good heuristic scanning mechanism, allowing it to pick up unknown viruses based on behaviour anomalies as a virus tries to enter and attack the PC.

The levels of centralised verses localised management of an anti virus product can vary wildly between products, even those clearly labelled as being for a business environment. While we don't expect consumer products to have such features, many do, while those intended for the corporate world can vary wildly from basic tools to extremely good tools for managing deployment and updates from a single source within the IT department.

All of the four products we are testing in this group test have proven track records in the anti-virus market, have extensive technical support facilities and are more than capable of operating in larger networks.

While some of the products tested are available for multiple operating system platforms, we focused on Windows, with all four products tested running on our test Windows XP client.

For this group test we have focused on anti virus solutions for a workplace of 25 people - all our tested products are rated and priced based on their initial 25-user licence pricing. All come with one year of updates for the price.

We installed each application on an identical clean Windows XP machine with service pack 2 installed, performed a full system scan, and then introduced numerous clean and infected files to the machine via USB sticks, CD and email. The email client used in all cases was Microsoft's Outlook 2003.

As expected, none of the systems on test failed to detect our test viruses. However, this is one occasion when the virus-catching abilities of the products are not actually our biggest concern. We expected and were proved correct that all four would be excellent virus hunters, but which is best suited to a business environment. This is the key question.

Featured Resources

How to scale your organisation in the cloud

How to overcome common scaling challenges and choose the right scalable cloud service

Download now

The people factor: A critical ingredient for intelligent communications

How to improve communication within your business

Download now

Future of video conferencing

Optimising video conferencing features to achieve business goals

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

26 Feb 2021
How to connect one, two or more monitors to your laptop
Laptops

How to connect one, two or more monitors to your laptop

25 Feb 2021
How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

26 Feb 2021