[CS-FSLUG] OT: Conficker and Virus Scanners

Tim Young Tim.Young at LightSys.org
Tue May 26 08:36:50 CDT 2009

What I have found is that a number of the suite products are very slow.  
The AV by itself is fine, but having a bundled firewall, 
spyware-checker, malware-checker, etc.  All of those things together 
usually slowed down a system, regardless of which vendor one used.

I personally use the McAffee antivirus offering ("Total Protection", 
which is a business class offering) that I got through ICTA (icta.net)  
While you need to work through a representative, it is a really awesome 
program.  The idea is that they have a huge bulk subscription for the 
"Body of Christ" organization.  Anyone from within this organization can 
participate in the bulk discount.  Primarily, this is being used for 
missionaries, but lots of churches and other orgs are also chipping in.  
The more people who buy their AV through ICTA as a part of that 
organization (The "Body of Christ"), the greater the bulk discount.  
Anyway.  It has been working great for me.  The only "issue" is that one 
needs to have an account manager for your group.   So, a church or a 
mission has one person who signs up as an account manager, then they 
work with all the folks in their smaller org.

    - Tim Young

Davo Smith wrote:
> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 1:50 PM, Frank Bax <fbax at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>> Davo Smith wrote:
>>> The best advice, overall, would be to avoid Norton, which uses the
>>> most resources, for the worst detection rates.
>> I've heard this before; are there websites to support this claim?
> OK, I take it back - http://www.av-comparatives.org/ - seems to have a
> good roundup of anti-virus performance (speed) and detection rates,
> and, at a brief glance, recent versions of Norton/Symantec do very
> well (the problems with it may be historical - but I've often found
> computers with versions of Norton I've experienced 'felt' slow).
> Davo
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