I would second Laurence's assessment. We too use a combination of NOD32,
Defender, Spybot S&D, and Spyware Blaster.
Laurence Bates wrote:
> I wish that there were a simple solution to this problem but my sense
> is that none of the current products do a good enough job on their
> own. We always run NOD32 (for its simplicity) and Windows Defender for
> its notification of new events like pending registry changes. On some
> machines we also run the free versions of Spybot Search and Destroy
> (for its adware detection) and PrevX for its detection of rootkits.
> Laurence Bates
> *From:* MSU Network Administrators Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> *On Behalf Of *Hoort, Brian
> *Sent:* Tuesday, June 09, 2009 4:00 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* [MSUNAG] Enterprise antivirus / anti-malware
> Weíre considering switching centrally managed anti-virus, again. For
> years we used Symantec/Norton Corporate Edition. Our complaints with
> it in the past were that it was bloated, and it was becoming less
> effective at detecting modern threats. (I suspect this is still true
> to some degree). Worst of all it would get hung up on updates and stop
> getting definitions, requiring manual intervention by a technician.
> Currently weíre using NOD32. While itís client is slim and trim,
> detection of recent threats has also been lacking, and the
> documentation is poor, seemingly a translation from another language.
> Iíve read that Norton was rewritten for the current version and that
> it has been reviewed rather highly. Of course these reviews are
> focused on the consumer product.
> Question 1: For those of you currently using Symantec Norton Corporate
> Edition, would you recommend the new version? Is it still getting
> hung-up on definitions updates?
> Similarly, Iím wondering what you folks think of all-in-one products
> vs. a mixture. The products which Iíve used in the past that
> originated as anti-virus, signature-based products have done poorly
> with new threats (AntiVirus 2009 scareware, etc.). One thought Iíve
> tossed around is running an anti-virus and a dedicated anti-mal-ware
> (e.g. PrevX, MalWareBytes etc.).
> Question 2: Are any of you running multiple products for anti-virus
> and anti-malware? Which ones? Howís that working for you?
> Thanks for your time.
> Brian Hoort
> Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economicsí Computer Service
> Michigan State University
> (517) 355-4701
> [log in to unmask]
> Skype: brian_hoort