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March 2004

2004 Desktop antivirus product reviews: Evaluating 10 antivirus products

Information Security tested 10 enterprise desktop antivirus products for attack evasion, resilience and the ability to detect malware other than viruses and worms, such as backdoors, spyware and *nix attack code. In computing our final grades for each product, we put particular emphasis on each product's enterprise management tools. Specifically, we tested: Computer Associate's eTrust Antivirus 7.0 F-Secure AntiVirus 5.42 and Policy Manager Console 5.5 Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus 7.0 and AVGADMIN 7.0 Kaspersky Labs' Anti-Virus Network Control Centre 4.5.0 Network Associates' McAfee Active Virus Defense Suite 7.1.0 Panda Software's Panda ClientShield 1.91.01 and Admin Secure 3.01.01 PestPatrol Corporate Edition (Engine 5.5.2 and Management Console 1.0.0.7) Sophos Anti-Virus 3.78 Symantec's SAV Corporate 9.0 Trend Micro's OfficeScan 5.5 Central Command, Eset Software and Microsoft declined to participate. F-Prot didn't respond to our invitation. Gordano responded to our request for products but didn't fit our criteria. Throughout our...

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