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Best Antivirus for Windows Server 2003

I can't find one!



9:22 pm on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hello everybody!

Could you guys please tell me which is the best antivirus to run on a Windows Server 2003 Web Edition?

Or what is the best protection for a server that will be hosting web pages available to everybody (www)?

I'm afraid to publish the websites without some sort of antivirus in the machine. That would be risky, wouldn't it?


Thanks in advance,



9:41 pm on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member txbakers is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Norton, McAfee, et al all make anti-virus for W2003 now.

Ask your ISP or Server provider.


9:59 pm on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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By far the best antivirus you can run is Linux.

2nd best is to know how to correctly configure your server, shut down all unnecessary services etc, set all permissions correctly. If you don't do this, it won't matter what you are running, it will get taken over.

But if you need to use Windows 2003, I can tell you that I've been working with Macafee enterprise stuff, that's total junk, it misses so many major trojans it's not funny, it's almost like not having antivirus at all except you think you do.

I'm not a big norton fan either.

You might check into nod32 or Kasparsky, there's a few others out there that are pretty decent, nod32 got the highest recommendation from a guy who's pretty into the ins and outs of AV software weaknesses.

What's funny is that you'll think your Norton or Macafee is doing a good job, then one day you run something like Antivir, Pandasoft online scan, trend micro online scan, and lo and behold the box you thought was virus and trojan free is occupied by several major infections, happily using your server for its own purposes.


10:06 pm on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'll second NOD32. It's faster and more reliable than either of the big two and it doesn't come loaded down with lots of other junk that you don't want.

Excellent product.


10:15 pm on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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there is no more depressing moment than when you've assembled a new box, installed the os and software, it runs like a dream, super fast. Then you install Norton AV. System slows down dramatically, hard to estimate how much, I'm tempted to say 30%.

For my home use I've switched to antivir, tiny, not bloated app like Norton or Macafee, I realized that I know perfectly well when an email contains a virus, I don't use IE, I don't use Outlook or Outlook express, I don't view html emails anymore [thunderbird, in other words]. I also know when I am visiting a dangerous site, so I take the proper precautions. I don't think the free version is good enough for standard users, but I think it's ok if you are not a newbie type, and if you know better than to click on or view email attachments of uncertain origin. Plus it catches a bunch of stuff that macafee and norton miss, and can delete stuff running as processes.

Good to hear another yes on Nod32, I've been thinking of changing my clients to that but hadn't gotten around to it, but if I run some malware / trojan scans on their machines, which have been running Norton for several years and find standard worms, trojans, etc, I'm pulling norton off those permanently. Or rather, more accurately, when I find that malware, since it's certain it's there. When I ran antivir on my norton protected box it found several trojans hidden in some compressed files of dubious origin that NAV had never found in all that time.


11:30 pm on Oct 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys!

I've heard of Nod32 and after what you said will probably be going for it.

I'm glad I read that stuff about Norton and McAfee, 'cause they were my first options in the list. But not anymore!

By the way, that Pandasoft online scanner is brilliant! Does anybody know if it has a limit of usage? And if there are any more of this scanners online?

Thanks for the help!



12:10 am on Nov 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member kaled is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Whilst it may not be fashionable EZ Antivirus by Computer Associates is rock solid and does not slow down the system to any noticable degree in my experience. I don't know if they do a version for Win 2003, but I imagine they do.

Most people I know who have used Norton have ditched it. I've never been impressed by McCafee or Kaspersky products but I haven't tried either for three or four years.



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