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In our labs Deep Freeze is the way to go. www.faronics.com . The software allows you setup the workstations with the configuration you intend. Once the computers are setup and then "frozen" with the software, the computer will always return to the original configuration on reboot no matter what the lab user has done to it. We provide a shortcut to a network share for users to save work. Our labs have zero issues beyond occasional hardware failures.
For computers we cant freeze, we rely on Windows updates and Symantec Corporate Anti virus. Every once in a while Malwarebytes Anti-Malware bails us out of a bad malware infection.
A free option directly from Microsoft in lieu of Deep Freeze is a product called [ Windows Steady State ].
I have tested and continued to use the free Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
It is a good product and only requires a PC running genuine Windows.
Enterprise Application Solutions Architect, CGIAR
Our IT consultant has us using Microsoft Security Essentials now, instead of Norton.
Two of the Norton Antivirus applications you mention and seem to offer in this article have been discontinued ... I'm very disapointed
Jen, this thread was originally posted in 2004. A lot of time has passed since then and people have inexplicably revived the thread on several occasions. Security software has certainly evolved since then, thus changing the many offerings. Hope this is of some help to you.
Gary Network/Systems Admin Berlin, NHHost Non-profit Tech Careers, Security ForumsCo-Host Networks, Hardware, & Telecommunications Forum
Why no mention of MalwareBytes? This is also a free tool that I have found extremely useful in eliminating malware from infected computers. I'm wondering if there is something bad about this product that I don't know hence no mention of it here. ~chris
Hi mudmaven - as Gary pointed out, this thread is about 6 years old. Malware bytes wasn't around in 2004. Its a good product.
mudmaven, as this is an old thread, that would be why malwarebytes wasn't mentioned. There are many other threads made after this one was made that mention other great utilities for getting rid of malware, viruses, and spyware.
I agree. Malwarebytes has been useful and is free. I recommend it as a backup to your existing anti-viral software ( i. e. not running but installed and ready to run secondary scans) or as a free primary.