AntiVirus Solutions -64 bit and Cost Challenged Users|
By George Margolin, Editor,
There are a plethera of antivirus and firewall solutions out there. Some
include sypware scanners, and some do not. What you are looking for is a
anti-virus program that will update automatically, have the latest virus
definitions before the virus hits the mass market, a firewall program and
several spyware checkers.
There have been many reviews of all of the above, but 2 things lately we have
1. 64 bit processor anti-virus solutions are pretty non-existent.
2. For some of our users, cost is an issue.
64 bit Processors
After building several 64 bit machines and using Windows XP Professional 64
bit edition and Windows 2003 Server 64 bit edition, I noticed that the
anti-virus vendors were not addressing this market space yet. Only the
Enterprise versions of Symantec and MacAfee will work (not cheap). Trend Micro
has their 2006 product which may work but has not been released yet. There is
a company called Avast.com which does have
a free version to check 64 bit machines that you may want to try as an interim
solution. According to one Symantec rep I talked to, they are waiting and
gearing up for Vista/Longhorn instead.
For some of our users, cost is an issue. Or they happen
to be a friend's house and they tell you their computer is "Running Slow".
This usually means that they have a virus and have never updated their
software. At that point, I tell people, if they can still connect to the
Internet, to run Housecall by TrendMicro. This is a free checker, but it will
only check at one point in time, it does not protect you for future outbreaks.
www.antivirus.com, click free scan (Housecall) to scan using Trend Micro.
Running this on your own computer is also a good second check on your
own current anti-virus tool.
One virus checker many have been using with success is
the AVG product, which is free for home users.