Need anti virus for Windows Server 2003

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#1

Any reommendations for free anti virus software that will work on Windows Server 2003? I checked AVG and MSE and neither claim to support that OS. Even if it is not ‘supported’ I wonder if it would work.

Thanks,
RM


#2

Clamwin seems to be the only one that is designed for Windows Server 2003 and is free to use. It does not include an on-access, real-time scanner though.

http://www.clamwin.com/

You might be better off using a commercial product for a server operating system.


#3

Thanks Kerry. I’ll have a look.

I was hoping that AVG or MSE would work even though not supported.

The goal is to install, scan the system and then completely remove the anti virus software. These servers have never been connected to the internet but USB flash drives have infected some of them.

RM


#4

For a scan-only, the Clamwin Kerry56 mentioned will do the scan. I would suggest running Clamwin from a bootable CD with the latest definitions rather than directly with Windows 2003 running, otherwise if the virus is active in RAM, it will continue to infect the system as the virus checker clears it.

Another option for a temporary installation is to get a trial version. Most trial versions run for 30 days and many will run on a server OS, including AVG network edition.

For USB pen drives, I would strongly recommend only using a USB pen drive if you absolutely have to on the server and if so, always scan them with a clean PC before plugging in the server. If possible, use a shared network drive to copy data to/from the server.


#5

You could also use ThreatFire, works well with w2k3 (any version).


#6

Thanks for the suggestions folks.

RM


#7

[QUOTE=RichMan;2567991]
The goal is to install, scan the system and then completely remove the anti virus software.[/quote]Try Live CDs. Most AV companies offer them.
See: http://club.myce.com/f3/winxp-sp3-problems-314516/#post2535596

These servers have never been connected to the internet but USB flash drives have infected some of them.
Spank the guy who inserted the USB stick when logged in as administrator. Also punish the person who did not turn off Autoplay/Autorun.

Apart from the spanking on your todo-list:
On a potentially compromised system, you can’t trust any result of “security” software.
Also: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512587.aspx is valid.

Michael