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I am trying to get a Antivirus server for my Virtual Private Server that has Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 1.5 GB RAM and 40 GB HD. I see people have suggested for NOD32 or Kaspersky but they are not offering Internet security for one server in business edition (it starts with at least 5 PC) and they says I can't install home edition on my VPS as this is for business purpose.

Is there any good antivirus/internet security program that I can buy for my single VPS? Any suggestion will help me.



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ESET NOD32 seems like a good deal at $90 for 2 years. I doubt there is a difference between the Home and Business editions except for price. –  djangofan May 28 '10 at 16:03

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We run and resell Sophos, our customers love it (much better than what we used to run).

+1 for Sophos. We use it and it's caused us relatively few problems over the years. Best of all, (to my knowledge at least) Sophos haven't released a duff IDE that quarantines system files and bricks machines. –  Ben Pilbrow Aug 14 '10 at 8:12
despite having issues with the back-end Sophos server itself (updating to the latest version is a mess), the client-side implementation is very good. It causes us very few issues. –  Chris Thorpe Aug 14 '10 at 9:33
@Chris, I share your criticism of the management server; I've run a few different versions now, and while they've gotten prettier, functionality is obviously playing 2nd fiddle. But, for the most part it's a set and forget deal; which any administrator can appreciate. –  Chris S Aug 15 '10 at 14:12
Not ALL your customers love it, especially those of us who have had to deal multiple times with the issue of viruses being detected but still allowed to execute! –  John Gardeniers Oct 19 '10 at 23:33
@John, I don't think your one of my customers; but I've never encountered that problem when the system is set to prevent execution of detected viruses and other pua. Were these new viruses? Were the users local admins? –  Chris S Oct 20 '10 at 0:34

Avast - it's a good one, and they have server edition Avast Server

I dont think so. Not at $399. You'd have to be high to pay that price. –  djangofan May 28 '10 at 16:00

I am a fan of ClamWin for servers. The only issue you might have is that it is NOT realtime protection, you have schedule scans (or start them).

Best of all, the price is right.


Do not use Norton. Used this on 2008 last year and once every month and a half all shares would DIE. The only way to fix (with 50 people wondering what the hell was going on) was the bounce the server. Restarting server services wasn't good enough...


Comodo Internet Security runs on my Windows Web Server 2008 R2 x64.

It's free to both business and home users.