Securing your network – An anti-virus review

With countless computer viruses threatening to cause major damage and loss to the IT system of a business, it is important to know your options in antivirus software available to protect your company against any virus disaster.


Viruses are a real threat in today’s business environment and it is important for business owners to be aware of how their information may be threatened. The list is endless, from spyware, phishing applications and keyloggers, which steal personal information and monitor your activity on the internet, to more dangerous applications like worms and Trojans, which infect your network and replicate across all workstations. Thankfully there are a myriad of choices for defending your network against these threats. 

According to recent studies, the following anti-virus solutions have scored high marks in defending systems best:


BitDefender Antivirus

Great for home and small business use, this powerful anti-virus application works silently in the background, eliminating threats as they appear. It will occasionally request user input to deal with more stubborn threats, but in general acts as a silent guardian, making sure your workstation is virus-free. This versatile application can be installed on Windows, MAC and mobile operating systems and is also reasonably priced. A recent review by a leading online reviewer stated the only language that BitDefender does not support is Klingon, making it easy to support and use worldwide.


Kaspersky Antivirus

An extremely powerful anti-virus solution, Kaspersky Anti-Virus recently gained top marks in market tests by detecting and eliminating 100% of threats, from old as well as new viruses. The product is easy to install and will run silently in the background, only warning you of threats as it eliminates them. Unfortunately the price is a bit high, but includes three user licenses, which means that it can be installed on multiple computers.


Norton Antivirus

This versatile anti-virus application has been around for years, always improving with each new iteration. Independent anti-virus labs love using Norton because of its ease of use and its efficiency at removing threats. Installing Norton is a breeze, even on systems rendered unstable by existing threats. Norton is a bit more expensive than BitDefender, but is still reasonably priced, and can be installed on any operating system.


ESET Nod32 Antivirus 5

This fast and efficient application is famous for eliminating a wide variety of threats quickly and easily without slowing down your system. It is perfect for home users and small businesses. Everything happening on the system is scanned in real-time and threats are eliminated silently and efficiently. If you are running on a laptop, switching from power to battery will cause the anti-virus to switch to power saving mode, so as not to create a drain on your battery life. ESET is priced very similarly to Norton and is an easy to use and efficient purchase. 


Symantec Endpoint Protection

I’ve saved the best for last. Symantec Endpoint Protection is an all-round winner. It can be installed as an unmanaged client on a user’s machine, functioning as a normal anti-virus, or it can be installed as a fully fledged enterprise solution running from a server. When running in server mode, it will monitor and manage all clients installed on computers throughout the network, silently distributing updates and dealing with any security threats that arise. It is capable of full reporting for network administrators and is very easy to use. It is one of the highest rated anti-virus solutions available and is reasonably priced as well. It is the one I would recommend for all your security and threat removal needs.


There is no shortage of well-priced, powerful applications available. These are but a few of the multitude of choices. While there are free versions of anti-virus solutions available, they don’t protect nearly as well as the applications mentioned in this article. As the saying goes, being cheap always costs more in the end. 


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