Why businesses should not use free antivirus

Written by on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 21:22 - 2 Comments

Free or Commercial Virus Scanners – What’s Best For Business?

There’s not much of a question here.  Free scanners are an excellent fast and available way to detect a virus if you’re short on time and money.  They are not, however, ideally suited for use over networks, nor can they be depended on to efficiently solve a problem when infections occur.

Free virus software, particularly the online versions, are always current.  If you suspect a virus, and your company’s virus protection seems oblivious t it, these may be your first line of defense.  But they are not a substitute for a full featured commercial product, simply by virtue of their cost.  Manufacturers use online scanners and free downloadable versions as an enticement to potential customers.

Use the free version.  Explore what it can do for you and your company, and decide how well the interface interfaces with your personal usage needs.  And once you have found the product that seems to most closely work for the uses you have for it, buy the commercial product.  In case of a problem, the customer support associated with the commercial product may be worth the cost of buying.  There are thousands of dollars and hundreds of man-hours involved in making a network function, and that’s much more than anyone should entrust to an internet “freebie”. ')}

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Aug 29, 2008 3:00

Here’s something my last employer needs to know. I had no choice at the time but to cycle through the freebies available, AVG, Avira, Avast and they all act the same way. They show warnings constantly but are not capable of really getting rid of the virus.

Aug 30, 2008 4:21

Frankly, what I feel is that free antivirus softwares are almost always crap. I had used AVG free edition sometime back and it was saddest anti virus I had ever used. Avast is a better in my view, but never ever go with avg Free edition.

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