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Greetings. We have been using Symantec Endpoint for AV and there is some discussion about eliminating it and moving to one of the free apps, such as Microsoft Defender, AVG, etc. If anyone has comments or any gotchas in making a move like this, I'd appreciate hearing them. Thanks much, Barbara __________________________ Barbara J. Prine Administrative Systems Manager Kingswood Oxford School 170 Kingswood Road West Hartford, CT 06119 (860) 233-3500 ext. 2265 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Message from vieird@d-e.org

The only one that is free is avast at this point in time.  The free products are for personal use, you can interrupt what that means.  Avast also gives you a free management console edition.


www.avast.com/en-us/education

Dave


I haven't managed antivirus on my campus in years, but I like Defender and use it when I consult...

The one caveat I'd give is if you want central control over your AV...free products cannot do that - that, and they tend to be more apparent to the end-user (including increased ability to stop scans and ignore warnings....). 

If this is a cost-cutting measure, maybe check out something like TechSoup to see if you can get a more enterprise product for a reduced cost before moving to a free product...

Although I see you're at Dwight-Englewood - so maybe this is for your 1-1s....in which case my approach would be to give it a shot - folks probably already have admin on their machines anyway, non? as long as folks are reliable on backups, restoring the machine to factory is only a few steps on most major brands (I'm assuming PCs?).

Message from mlederer@chapinschool.org

Hi Everyone,

 

While this, perhaps, is general knowledge, I have a copy of Malwarebytes installed on each computer in addition to whatever AV software I have.  For whatever reason, I find that MBAM will clean off the annoying “drive-by” malware installations from websites very effectively.  I use it as an adjunct program to run manually if the main AV program doesn’t catch some malware (which does happen).  I don’t think MBAM catches viruses and worms as well, which is why I use it as a backup removal tool.

 

Mark Lederer

 

Director of Technology
Chapin School

4101 Princeton Pike
Princeton, NJ 08638
mlederer@chapinschool.org
P: 609-986-1704
F: 609-924-2364
M: 609-510-1201

 

 

 

From: The EDUCAUSE ACCESS Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:ACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Jennifer Davenport RCS
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 10:12 AM
To: ACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [ACCESS] best practices for anti-virus

 

I haven't managed antivirus on my campus in years, but I like Defender and use it when I consult...

 

The one caveat I'd give is if you want central control over your AV...free products cannot do that - that, and they tend to be more apparent to the end-user (including increased ability to stop scans and ignore warnings....). 

 

If this is a cost-cutting measure, maybe check out something like TechSoup to see if you can get a more enterprise product for a reduced cost before moving to a free product...

 

Although I see you're at Dwight-Englewood - so maybe this is for your 1-1s....in which case my approach would be to give it a shot - folks probably already have admin on their machines anyway, non? as long as folks are reliable on backups, restoring the machine to factory is only a few steps on most major brands (I'm assuming PCs?).

So funny...just saw a similar thread on r/k12sysadmin

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