Sophos Antivirus

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  1. rbyers

    rbyers Guest

    Am evaluating AV solutions for a small company. At present, we're looking at Sophos. Does anyone have experience with this AV ... pro or con?

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  2. Arin

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    as you already mentioned you are evaluating it for a company, its good because its not meant for home usage. detection rate is OK. the configurability is very nice specially the alerting feature. the interface is not pretty though it doesn't matter. updating is a little annoying and so are the false alarms. but all-in-all a nice product with good documentation.
     
  3. Blackcat

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    Not many users here, as Sophos is not really considered a Home user AV.

    But there was a recent thread; https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=18754&highlight=Sophos Antivirus

    Overall virus detection over at Virus Bulletin does not look too hot, but a closer look at the results show that it has not failed on a Windows platform since February, 2001!; https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=18754&highlight=Sophos Antivirus

    It must be doing something right, as over 50% of the FTSE 100 Companies in the UK use Sophos.

    Depending on the size of the company, there are (cheaper) alternatives and F-Prot for Windows; http://www.f-prot.com/products/, Command AV; http://www.authentium.com/ and KAV; http://www.kaspersky.com/products
    spring to mind.
     
  4. Everton1878

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    We use Sophos at work with the automatic updates
    Works well enough, scans in the background and then displays an alert on the the infected Pc and server
    Unfortunately you then have to visit the machine to disinfect it
    It works by denying access to the file but you still have to run the scanner or remove manually
    Email scanning is extra and you can't just right click on a file to scan it

    Gives regular updates and you can receive emails as new viruses are discovered
    The website gives good information on what each virus does, how it arrives and how to remove it including which registry keys to delete

    Networked computers are updated from a central installation directory and can be managed from a program called SAVadmin
    From which you can manually update and install and check to see that it is up to date

    You are also licenced to use the software at home but updates at home have to be done manually by downloading .ide files

    If you have any other questions please fell free to contact me at peter.gaulton(at)pactrol.com

    Should add that we haven't had a virus outbreak affecting our network in over a year


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