August 14th, 2011, 07:19 AM
Kaspersky or Avast for Small Business Company
We are a small business (IT Development company developing projects in asp.net,java and others) for now for 1 or 2 file servers with windows 2003 and 10-12 machines with Windows XP. Previously we have tried Kaspersky Internet security for all client machines. Then we switched to Symantec endpoint protection 12.0 for file server and workstations. But that was the worst move. I have personally tested Symantec is unable to detect even most of the viruses. I uninstalled Symantec and installed Avast on one of my client machine and it worked very well. I used avast previously as well before I purchased kaspersky but a trial one.
Now I would like to ask which antivirus is best among kaspersky and avast (our final 2 choices) keeping in mind Ė they should be able to catch most of the viruses either coming through email,browsing and others plus the biggest point is they do not slow down our server and client machines as we do development on visual studio and others and its really irritating to work on slow machines.
Here is my previous observations :
a) Symantec is unable to find viruses though I cannot comment on resource usage though my teammates tells me it becomes slow at times. But it didnít detect any viruses which were on my desktop for last 2 years. Maybe did I configure anything wrong but to be honest I just followed wizard while installating it. So I donít think I did anything wrong.
b) Kaspersky is an amazing antivirus. I have used it for all client machines. Donít have experience with server so would like to know how easy to manage all clients through server?
But I have found kaspersky slows down pc at times. While developers were developing on visual studio 2.0 and KIS 6.0 is on Ė it sometimes slows to debug even and as soon as I turned off KIS 6.0 , debugging started faster. So this is real time observation.
c) Avast is the best software in terms of detection on client machines but donít have any idea on server again? Please recommend which one is best ?
The biggest disadvantage with avast which I would like to bring out to world : if you have downloaded trial version of avast , and if you didnít register. And when 6 days are remaining of trial version : they show a popup on screen and somehow JAM your Internet. Though local area network still shows plugged in but you cannot connect to any website or outlook does not work. Then I disabled and enabled local area local network then I can browse things easily. But after again 3-4 hours , that popup came and stopped my internet. I sat down on my computer and restarted it 3-4 times and came to an observation that avast is doing this.
I uninstalled avast and internet is working fine. Though prior to this for last 24 days , I didnít have any problem with internet and avast Ė both working fine. I had same problem with this time also and 2.5 years back thatís why I chose Kaspersky because the company who is actually developing antivirus is actually doing something fishy when your trial period is towards the end.
But I think avast didnít slow my and developers computer thatís why I am still considering it to but licensed software.
Please give your expertise advise on this keeping in mind above all criteria. We want protection to the fullest but system should not be slowed down. For time being I have installed Microsoft security essentials but I need to purchase this immediately in next 1 or 2 days.
August 16th, 2011, 12:35 PM
Just don't use AVG! Avast is fine
August 20th, 2011, 03:17 AM
I use avast for a long time. kaspersky known to slow down the computer a lot. I also noticed that my radio is better than avast 4 new version, in addition to the new version is somewhat disguised by a virus
August 28th, 2011, 04:03 AM
Even though Kaspersky perhaps takes up slightly more system resources, it has quite a few more features than Avast! and in independent testing has better ratings when it comes to Real World Testing and Dynamic Detection testing. If you are a business I would spend the extra money on Kaspersky (or even BitDefender).
September 2nd, 2011, 07:45 AM
I would suggest Kaspersky for small business it's pretty effective !
September 13th, 2011, 02:36 AM
Company is not the matter. The matter is protection of your computers. Whether business is small or big Avast is always a safer option. Even in small business if you lost your data due to virus then to whom you will blame.
September 16th, 2011, 08:15 PM
kaspersky is very resource-ineffective, that eats cpu like a bear. you may go with avast or give a try to eset nod32, very nice antivirus, using it on home & office computers. its being updated like 2-3 times a day.
September 22nd, 2011, 03:26 AM
From these two choices I think Avast is good for Small Business Company.
October 8th, 2011, 01:39 AM
According to me avast is good for small business company.