Antivirus Solutions for Business

Today, there are many options available when it comes to antivirus software for business.

The antivirus protection solution you choose will ultimately depend on the scale and type of protection you require.

Free vs. Paid Antivirus Solutions

A prudent business person looks to get the most value for dollar spent and the idea of getting something for FREE is often a relief – one less dollar spent to get our needs met!  Or so we hope. When it comes to antivirus solutions, a free solution may not be the best one. Free antivirus software usually provides the bare minimum level of protection against viruses and threats. Businesses require advanced protection to keep IT infrastructure secure and healthy, which is best achieved through enterprise-grade security solutions.

No antivirus solution, free or paid, is foolproof with 100% protection. That is why it's also important to have a data backup solution in place to ensure you can recover your business data should you ever need to.  Learn more about Data Backup for your Business.

Using Multiple Virus Protection Software Simultaneously

You may have heard it before: Never run more than one antivirus software at the same time. Not only can multiple antivirus programs take up too much system memory, this can also lead to conflicts and file corruption, and may even make blocking viruses ineffective.

Evaluating an Antivirus Solution for your Business

"Next-gen" and "AI” endpoint protection has become our recommended standard in today’s digital world. The solutions integrate accurate and near real-time threat intelligence into your network. These solutions scan billions of IP addresses and billions of URLs across millions of domains, in addition to millions of mobile apps, and leverage machine learning to classify and categorize each according to the threat it represents to your business. Because today’s cyber threat landscape shifts so rapidly, and much of the malware we see today will be gone tomorrow, cloud-based solutions making instantaneous updates must replace static and list-based antivirus solutions. 

Price is always a consideration with any software acquisition, but in the antivirus world, most vendors are comparable in price, so functionality should be the primary factor considered with your choice. Aside from "Next-gen" and "AI” real-time scanning (as mentioned above), here are a list of items to consider when looking at antivirus options for your business:

Management Console: Does the solution offer a portal to efficiently administer all PCs from “one pane of glass”? This is a must as an administrator.
Performance: Does it require a lot of resources to run the AV solution? Does it have a good detection rate?
Control: Will you have control over install and uninstall permissions? For example, the ability to set password protection for uninstalling the antivirus software.
Compatibility: Does the antivirus solution work with all your endpoint devices?
Spyware and Malware Scans: Does the antivirus software have this built in?
Email Scanning: Do you have a dedicated service for this or do you want the same solution within your antivirus software? Antivirus Protection is built on Avast Business CloudCare.

Avast Business CloudCare is one of the world's leading antivirus software programs that enables us to effectively support your antivirus solution in real time. 

Learn more about Avast Business CloudCare Antivirus Solutions

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