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I have Webroot SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection install on 10 computers at a customer site and even the old (really old) XP boxes aren't slowed down.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
Where I work we use Sophos - in the 3.5 years I have been in the business we have not had any infected computers. We do also have a beefy firewall which catches everything before it hits anyone's computer.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
A company I know insist on using Sophos. I find it a resource hog and have always avoided using it myself. A couple of years ago the company using Sophos got hit by a virus that infected Sophos so that it quarantined some of its own executables and in so doing shot itself in both feet. One infected computer was completely hosed and effectively unrecoverable.
On another occasion the Sophos updater detected the latest update as a virus so it wouldn't install it. Sophos had to distribute a patch by email to be installed manually to recover Sophos' updatability.
My recommendation: STAY AWAY FROM SOPHOS.
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AVG doesn't seem to clean up after itself so over a period of time its virtual memory use gets pretty high. A corollary is that about that time it presents a big popup announcing that a reboot is necessary (presumably due to an update), and won't take 'no' for an answer (although it allows delays up to 24 hours). I hate rebooting b/c I invariably have several things on-going.
Personally, I really like ESET.
It is fast and Flexible.
When I renew, the new expiration date applies to all connected computers.
It has one Issue. If you want to use it over a VPN, it wants to scan each file you touch over the VPN, no way to indicate to not do this, but to keep scanning network drives. Network drives are fast, VPN is typically really slow.
John, you are a trusting soul.
The better solution, tell it not to scan your source code files!
Most viruses are binary, there is no real reason to be scanning TXT,C,H, etc files.
PDF Files. YEAH.
I would spend the 10-15 minutes you need to tune your compile time performance.
I am INCREDIBLY safe with my surfing. Switched to web based mail to avoid downloading
stuff to my machine, etc.
I don't let my scanner scan my oracle ORA files or the Oracle Data Folder DBF Files.
By eliminating those files that are accessed all the time, but not binary, I think you
can get an optimal solution that is a FAST Computing Experience that has decent safety.