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Windows Anti-Virus for Home Server

Discussion in 'Software' started by Phalanx, 17 May 2010.

  1. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a decent anti-virus package for Windows Home Server?

    At the moment, the WHS I run has no anti-virus, while my main PC has AVG Professional which expires on May 2nd, 2011.

    I'm looking for a free one at present, as I want to make my current licence on my PC run out before I purchase a 2-PC licence from ESET for NOD32 which covers WHS plus my gaming machine.

    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a free program for WHS until my AVG sub expires?
     
  2. BentAnat

    BentAnat Software Dev

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    Not sure if it'll run on Home Server, but Microsoft Security Essentials has been good to me.
     
  3. SouperAndy

    SouperAndy To Bumble or not to Bumble?

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    I'm afraid WSE doesn't install on WHS.

    I think there are some paid for AV scanners that work on WHS, but not sure on free ones. Does AVG free install?

    I looked into this a few months ago when I built my own server, the common view in the WHS community is that AV isn't required?!

    If you use the OS as designed, you shouldn't be actually executing exe files directly on the server... It's purely a file share / backup solution.

    The only supported method of interacting with the server is via the Connector software, Remote Desktop sessions shouldn't be used for anything other than very specific issues.

    Thanks,

    SouperAndy :worried:
     
  4. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    double post.
     
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  5. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    Hmmm, well I've just been handed a link to a very interesting conversation on the WHS discussion group where many people state that due to the security level of the server (ie. literally NOTHING runs without someone clicking something!), once you set it up, you simply never need to run AV due to nothing running without you interacting with it, and at that stage, anything you HAVE given access to the internet for is only going to allow those specific items.

    This is coming from MS aswell, so I'm actually quite impressed they're stating this on their own product.
     
  6. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    I use WHS ClamAV.

    Works a charm & it's free.
     
  7. jbloggs

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    For internet security would change anything for my Kaspersky - have been renewing the license year on year - it doesn't use much PC resource, updates are quick and it user friendly straight forward. No problems with gaming either. Totally customizable.
     
  9. songzila

    songzila New Member

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    for server try microsoft forefront security..
     
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  11. Bakes

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    Ok, I'd like to say two things. If this really is just a file server, proactive protection and that sort of thing shouldn't be necessary, because you won't be opening yourself up to infection in the same way. You want a virus scanner that you can just set to run at 3am when you aren't using it, which will just make sure that none of the files you've put in are infected in any way. Personally, I'd recommend Kaspersky for that task, it does have the bells and whistles but they can easily be disabled.

    What might be more important to you is that you have a good firewall, so no outside computers can access it without a fight. Personally, I don't know of any really good ones, I run my server in a DMZ so I don't have the same problems.
     
  12. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    Avira Antivir is a good free one. Much better than the AVG you have on your main system currently.
     
  13. seanbean

    seanbean Certa Cito

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    We use NOD 32 at work. Absolutely no problems and good customer service.
     
  14. songzila

    songzila New Member

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    agree with seanbean.. NOD 32 rocks
     

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