I went out to client a couple of weeks back who had an emergency. The emergency was that their file server (old Vista box) wasn’t booting up. It was working when everyone went home the previous night but the following morning when they came into the office the screen was blank. As the system was the main file server for the business (4 users) this was a bit of a problem.
After doing some checks it turned out that the system had caught a virus which was removed by using a BitDefender Antivirus CD (really good by the way). Once the virus was removed the system booted back to life as normal. Great, job done I thought until I checked what antivirus was running in the first place – Microsoft Security Essentials!!
Microsoft Security Essentials is “ok” for use on a home system but is a definite NO in a business environment. I have nothing personal against Microsoft Security Essentials but in recent months I have seen a lot of viruses get past it and no end of problems caused (rootkit anyone?). Out of curiosity I checked the other systems in the office. One had Avast (free), two systems had AVG (free) and another had nothing!! All of this on a business network.
I tried to explain to the client that at the moment they were leaving their business wide open to threats by not having a paid antivirus solution in place. The response I received was “this is the first time we have got anything”. This was one of those times when I felt I was banging my head against a brick wall. No matter what I said this guy was not going to get convinced.
If you don’t value your business that highly go ahead and run free antivirus as it is your choice. Be warned though that at some point you are going to get stung (possibly big time) and you could lose a lot of time, data and money recovering from and ultimately fixing the problem. Yes free antivirus is better than nothing but there are so many better options on the market which will secure your systems.
The choice is yours.
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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.
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