[afnog] Antivirus for Academic Environments

Simon Vass svass at etech.ug
Mon Mar 11 10:43:00 UTC 2013


To be honest my instinctive response, to AV questions is still just use 
Linux ;-)


On 11/03/13 13:24, Chris Wilson wrote:
> Hi Simon,
> On Mon, 11 Mar 2013, Simon Vass wrote:
>> A friend of mine has blocked all USB Sticks on his desktops and 
>> allocated a few places where you can get them scanned using a Linux 
>> Terminal. More involved but very effective.
>> Otherwise have has good experiences with both Kaspersky and AVG.
> I must recommend strongly against both of these:
> * Kaspersky has become an absolute resource hog in the last few years. 
> It now requires 1 GB of RAM and it brings every machine to a painful, 
> stick-forks-in-my-eyes crawl. I will not buy it again.
> * AVG does not but I have seen cases where a machine is clearly 
> infected and AVG does not detect it. Other AV products did in that 
> case. I suspect their database is not as good due to lack of money.
> I am currently using F-Secure for the last few months and I like it 
> more than Kaspersky. It feels light and fast and doesn't slow the 
> machine down. According to AV reviews there is a direct tradeoff 
> between detection rate and resource usage, which makes sense but is 
> disappointing:
> http://www.av-comparatives.org/
> Kaspersky's huge flashy graphics probably don't do it any favours on 
> less powerful machines. (AV-Comparatives use a fast machine with 4 GB 
> RAM for their benchmarks).
> ESET Nod32 has a similarly low impact on performance to F-secure, but 
> a much lower detection rate according to that site, so I wouldn't 
> recommend it.
> Cheers, Chris.

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