NAC - AVG Anti-Virus
auditodd at attbi.com
Tue Dec 17 00:43:20 EST 2002
I have to strongly disagree with you Brett.
I suppose just because Microsoft is charging over $400 for
Office<pick-your-version> that it is "trustworthy" code. NOT! Microsoft
writes some of the most bug-ridden (and security hole ridden) software
on the face of the planet.
If you take the time to read Grisoft's web site, you will find that they
anti-virus uses the same "heuristic" (I think I spelled that right)
means to detect and isolate viruses as the "pay as you go" anti-virus
software. As a matter of fact, at the end of the week, when I visit my
father, the "pay-as-you-go" anti-virus software on his new Dell running
WinXP will go in the trash, and AVG will be installed in it's place.
There is NOTHING wrong with a company offering a free "private" version
of their code.
Off-hand, I can name at least 4 companies that do so.
http://www.grisoft.com (I use it)
http://www.smoothwall.org (I use it)
http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/ (installed on my dad's WinXP
and my sister's Win98 PCs, since they use a dial-up)
Here's a guy that has a GREAT image viewer/editor, for FREE:
I've found that when editing digital photos, IrfanView will retain
digital photo metadata, whereas PaintShopPro v7 will not. Not too shabby
for a "free = unreliable" program.
That doesn't even take into account the many open source projects.
Not the least of is http://www.mozilla.org (which I am using for browser
and email), AND http://www.openoffice.org, which BTW, is fully
compatible with the above named "closed source" office software, and
with a lot of other products, such as Sun's StarOffice (which was open
source, but they now charge a small fee).
Americans need to get over the idea that just because something is
"free", it's unreliable. That's a crock. There are European governments
that are telling Microsoft to take a hike and are going with open source
operating systems and software for their day-to-day business. Heck,
there's even a town in Florida that is running Linux on ALL of their
servers, the only place they have Microsoft is on some legacy PCs.
Brett Dikeman wrote:
> At 7:11 PM -0800 12/16/02, Jeff wrote:
>> Does anyone have any experience with AVG in a corporate environment ?
> No; in fact, q-list people are the only folks I've ever heard talk
> about it. Frankly, I wouldn't trust it further than I could throw it.
> Free stuff is free for a reason.
> ...are all quite popular in the enterprise environment. I've used
> Norton and Trend. Trend in particular has some sweet management
> tools and a web-rollout feature that rocks. Dan and I used it at
> iClick and we loved it. Norton charges extra for enterprise
> management widgets(Trend doesn't, I don't think) and I wasn't
> terribly impressed with the Norton tools. Your mileage may vary- in
> both situations, there were 50+ systems. Norton is the most popular
> by far on the Macintosh with McAfee hot on its tails.
> "They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin
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