Antivirus for your small software business

We were looking around for another antivirus solution in the last weeks. We have been using Symantec Antivirus Small Business Edition or whatever it’s called and we had to renew the subscription. This was a good time to look around for some alternatives, because frankly, Symantec Antivirus isn’t great. In fact, it’s slow, doesn’t have as frequent antivirus updates as other vendors and the server software to configure all clients on the network isn’t very usable.

Why we used it in the first place? Well, first it was very cheap (you get what you pay for). The Small Business Edition allows you to install the software on up to 5 clients OR servers for $200 if I recall correctly. This means that you can protect 2 workstations, 2 notebooks and a workgroup/file server with it, for example. All other vendors I looked at had different licenses for clients and servers back then and server licenses started at around $300-$500/year. Since the last virus I saw live was Parity.B in DOS 10 years ago, I just refuse to pay a $700 Windows tax each year. But since we need to have an antivirus solution to protect our customers and our data, just in case, we just bought Symantec Antivirus. The other reason we bought Symantec’s solution was because we didn’t really have the time to look at the different options in detail. We worked on SmartInspect 1.0 and had a million other things in mind.

Well, since the last time we were shopping around for an antivirus solution, TrendMicro added it’s own small business pack called Client Server Security for Small and Medium Busines. It costs $147 for the first year and just 20% for renewals. We have been using it for some weeks now and the client software is much faster and the web management interface is nice (although it’s IE only). So if you are looking for an antivirus solution for your small software business network, I can really recommend it.

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  1. Posted April 7, 2006 at 01:17 | Permalink

    We have been using Trend Micro’s AV Enterprise software for about 5 years now on all our systems and it just works. In addition, I switched to their end-user product after I installed a version of Symantec that crashed my computer. I have been very satisfied.

  2. William
    Posted April 7, 2006 at 02:15 | Permalink

    Just wonder… why anti-virus for the file server? What would happen if an virus is found while user is copying that inflected file to the server?

  3. Posted April 7, 2006 at 08:25 | Permalink

    There was an interesting thread in Radmin’s forum about Symantecs corporate edition. I replied as I have a client who I recommended buying a 3 year license. For such an organisation to ship such a product where options don’t do what they say they do, installer broken etc. I can sumarise that I think AV software should be a bullet proof utility, not something I have had to install and re-install and talk to support for hours. I have spent a couple of days on it over the last 2 years. I won’t be recommending it to anyone.

    Trend Micro – I’ll give it a go.


  4. Michel
    Posted April 7, 2006 at 08:54 | Permalink

    I have bad experience with all of Symantec’s home-user oriented stuff, but Antivirus Corporate Edition is quite good. McAfee’s home user stuff is also crap recent years. Extremely bloated, slow, terrible user-interface etc.

  5. Nuno
    Posted April 7, 2006 at 10:38 | Permalink

    Try nod32. Prices are similar and is an excelent product.

  6. Posted April 7, 2006 at 11:07 | Permalink

    I bought the Netgear DG834G today, which is an ADSL Wireless Modem Router with Trend Micro built in. Could be interesting…

  7. Stephane Wierzbicki
    Posted April 7, 2006 at 12:44 | Permalink

    I will say that Nod32 is certainly the best solution available :

    - simple to install (this not a big fat software with tons of useless features)
    - simple to manage / update ….
    - administration is really easy
    - it is really fast
    - it doesn’t eat all your CPU power / memory when ruuning
    - check pop / http traffic
    - good prize

    Just have a look at this product…

  8. Posted April 7, 2006 at 20:45 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments!

    William: If we had live protection enabled, the file would probably end up in the quarantine on the server. But that’s not the reason we have it installed on the server. The server is used for some internal services and since worms could – theoretically – propagate over the network if another machine is infected, it’s better to scan the server, too.

    Michel: It was the Symantec Corporate Edition which we used, but I wasn’t very happy with it.

    Oliver: That’s really interesting, especially because we are currently looking to replace our old router with an appliance. I guess Trend Micro is used for a built-in HTTP proxy to check downloaded files for viruses?

    The Nod32 admin interface looks good and they count servers as normal licenses like Trend Micro does. But we are happy with Trend Micro for now, so we will use that.

  9. masterkey
    Posted April 8, 2006 at 19:08 | Permalink

    We did you get it for $147? The best price I found was €197

  10. Posted April 8, 2006 at 19:20 | Permalink

    We bought it from a german reseller for around EUR 150 + VAT, but the quoted $147 number is from Trend Micro’s online shop at:

    It’s with one year of maintenance. Your EUR 197 price is with 2 years maintenance maybe?