Saturday, April 26, 2008

Symantec Endpoint Protection. Review

For this month, I would like to say a few words about my last few trials with antivirus software. Namely, Symantec Endpoint Protection. Unlike Symantecs' previous product line of antivirus products, Endpoint Protection is less of a resource hog. However, it still does not beat NOD32 in the "Running unnoticed game". Endpoint Protection is configurable. It includes the Anti-Virus Engine, a firewall, and a few other healthy tools.

Key Benefits

  • Stops malware such as viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, bots, zero-day threats and rootkits.

Proactive Threat Scanning

Behavioral-based protection that protects against zero-day threats and threats not seen before. Unlike other heuristic-based technologies, TruScanTM Proactive Threat Scan scores both the good and bad behavior of unknown applications, providing a more accurate malware detection.

  • Accurately detects malware without the need to set up rule-based configurations.

  • Helps lower the number of false positives.

Advanced Rootkit Detection and Removal

Provides superior rootkit detection and removal by integrating VxMS (Veritas Mapping Service-a Veritas technology), thereby providing access below the operating system to allow thorough analysis and repair.

  • Detects and removes the most difficult rootkits.

  • Saves time and money and productivity lossses associated with re-imaging infected machines.

Application Control

Allows administrators to control access to specific processes, files, and folders by users and other applications. It provides application analysis, process control, file and registry access control, and module and DLL control. It enables administrators to restrict certain activities deemed as suspicious or high risk.

  • Prevents malware from spreading or harming endpoints.

  • Locks down endpoints to prevent data leakage.

Device Control

Controls which peripherals can be connected to a machine and how the peripherals are used. It locks down an endpoints to prevent connections from thumb drives, CD burners, printers, and other USB devices.

  • Prevents sensitive and confidential data from being extracted or stolen from endpoints (data leakage).

  • Prevents endpoints from being infected by viruses spread from peripheral devices.

Right now I am actually using SEP instead of my tried and true NOD32. The only problematic area that I could find was with the firewall section. for some reason which I am sure Symantec will fix, the firewall seems to go into overdirve at times and consume to many resources for many peoples likes. Also at times it will block me entirely from connectiong to the internet. Luckily this feature can be disabled during the install. At the moment I am continuing to use the operating system firewall, since I have not any issues with it.

Where to get it? Well, if you are familiar with using torrent files you can get it here for free {Symantec Endpoint Protection}

If you are a moral, law abiding person (like me) you can get and pay for it {here } for about $200.00

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