The InfoWorld Test Center assesses the readiness of 10 anti-spyware operatives for active enterprise duty
Creating an end-user policy was also a little more challenging than even with F-Secure. Another tool, NOD32 Configuration Editor, was required to create an XML configuration file that was then used to define my security policy as I distributed the agent out to my test clients. It would be nice to be able to do all of this from a single UI.
The most useful tool was yet a third application, NOD32 Remote Administrator. This console had by far the most useful UI of the bunch. In fact, Remote Administrator should have all of the afore-mentioned functions for the best all-around administration experience. With Remote Administrator, I was able to manage clients, deploy NOD32 to other PCs, view alerts and reports, and also schedule tasks. Additional client configuration is available through the console as well as update management.
NOD32’s reporting engine was one of the best of those tested, creating charts that were easy to read and understand. I like that I can save custom reports as templates and schedule the templates to run automatically.
NOD32 had one of the smaller memory footprints out of the ten products tested. Even while running a deep scan of my Windows XP Professional client, memory usage only topped out around 33MB -- easily half of the usage of most solutions. During a deep scan of my client, memory usage stayed nearly the same, but CPU utilization did jump up to around 75 percent, which is to be expected during an in-depth analysis.
NOD32 handled most of the malware I threw at it, detecting drive-by virus and other spyware installs as they occurred. It did, however, allow one adware program to drop Internet shortcuts on my desktop, and it also didn’t detect or remove Virtual Bouncer, AdRoar, and AdDestroyer. A subsequent deep on-demand scan also failed to identify and remove the adware.
Eset NOD32 Antivirus System may not be in anyone’s top five list of products to consider, but given a more comprehensive administration UI, it could become a major player in the anti-malicious program market. I like the way Eset integrates the various monitors, and the Remote Administration console nearly makes up for the other rough edges.
F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security 6
F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security has one of the best, most comprehensive security bundles available, although it suffers a bit from a disjointed administration user interface. One of three anti-spyware solutions in this review that includes anti-virus capabilities in the same package, Anti-Virus Client Security’s real-time protection stopped all attempts to infect my test clients. Reporting is browser-based and provides ample predefined templates. Because of its awesome real-time protection and overall performance, Anti-Virus Client Security 6 received the highest score of the ten products reviewed.
Anti-Virus Client Security is a complete anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention and detection, and personal firewall system bundled in one tight package. There are a lot of moving parts that make Anti-Virus Client Security work, and they all come together in the F-Secure Policy Manager Console. Installation of the console on my Windows 2003 Server took little time to complete, and the auto-discovery of my client PCs was quick. I pushed out an installation package to a Windows XP Professional PC without a hitch.