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I have a home network and decided to try out a cloud service - Avast Business - for my 2 windows servers because I needed an antivirus solution that didn't cost an arm and a leg. I'm not a fan of cloud and feel nervous. Are there any cons to this?  

What do you do for your home network/antivirus needs for your windows server(s)?


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According to David Perry formally of Trend Micro, 3/4 million new viruses are released daily.  At that rate, there is no AV company that can update it's .dat files fast enough to maintain defenses. When I had to choose an AV for a client, I had chosen Trend Micro only because they were the last to have phone tech support.  They don't have that anymore.  That makes them all more or less equal as far as I'm concerned.

I don't even have an AV on my home network.  At home, I use Anti Malware from malwarebytes,org & I lock the registry with MJ Registry Watcher.  Are your servers accessible from the outside?  If so, who has access & on what portss?  I wouldn't use the cloud either.
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I have had Malwarebytes Premium on my servers for many years but was feeling a bit vulnerable with no antivirus on them.  Of course, all other computers on the network have both malwarebytes and antivirus.  

No, my servers are not accessible from the outside.

This particular product by Avast has a 30 day trial and is inexpensive.  I don't know if that's good or not.  [wink] 

I'll check out MJ Registry Watcher.  

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If your servers are in-house, there shouldn't be a problem.  Use the workstations to surf the net & more importantly, to read emails.  That's how most viruses enter.  I'm sure that you know enough not to open attachments unless you requested them.  Knowing the sender isn't enough.

I don't have much faith in any AV program no matter how good the price is.  As I said before, they can't keep up with the millions of viruses being released on a daily basis.  Besides that, they try to take over the machine.
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I have a small home based business network with 2 servers and two domain workstations, plus a four PC Workgroup.

For my servers (running Server 2012 R2), I'm using Malwarebytes Corporate, which does contain anti malware.  I don't recall the price, but I do know that with My near-zero budget, it had to be inexpensive, but is doing a good job keeping up to date as well as any other product.  It can be purchased standalone (just for the server9s0) or as an endpoint product (but that can get expensive).

My workstations are using the built-in Windows Defender.  The Windows 10 version does an acceptable job and keeps up as well as any other product.  I've been using this methodology for several years (first with Win 7 and now with Win 10) without incident.

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Thank you Donoli and Creacon for responding.

Just ran into an issue with the newest virus definition by Avast.  It quarantined a lot of Microsoft files labeling them as VBS:Malware-gen.    My servers were fine.  Might have to uninstall Avast for Business.

My network consists of 2 servers Win2008R2 and Win2003 (I know!!), 1 20TB Drobo, 1 networked printer, 1 Win7 desktop and multiple laptops of various Windows - Vista, Win 8.1 on the domain and a Win10 laptop not on the domain.  The Win2003 Server is a member server which I will have to replace soon or not.  I have been considering dumping the domain controllers altogether and just using the Drobo as my file receptacle.  But I probably won't.  Having a domain is what I know and it's hard to give up.

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Mostly,out of curiosity, send an email to Avast support &/or post it in an Avast Forum.   See what kind of answer they give you. That's if they give you an answer at all.
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Yes, I'm talking with them already - I put in a ticket.  

I searched for this "malware" and it turns out that this is a false positive.  There are a lot of angry people out there right now because various vital files are being marked as malware after the newest virus definition was installed.  God help you if you reboot and your computer stops working because the files are all in quarantine.  

I'm restoring my files from the virus chest right now.  

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If it happened once, it can happen again.  You might as well uninstall it.
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