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Friday, December 12, 2008

Study: One-Quarter Of Antivirus Apps Aren’t Working

More than one-quarter of business PCs are running antivirus software that has been disabled or was never properly installed, according to a study that will be published on Monday.  Promisec, a company that makes endpoint management tools, conducted the study on 100,000 PCs to prove a point: that antivirus management consoles from leading vendors are not accurately reporting when their software isn’t working.

The endpoint security tool vendor hopes the report will help drive users to try out its “clientless” management tools, which it says can take a more accurate reading of the status of AV software on remote endpoints.

In many cases, users had turned off the antivirus software, thinking that would make their computers run faster, the researchers say.

“What we’re seeing are companies paying Symantec, McAfee, and others for protection that is only working about 75 percent of the time,” adds Alan Komet, vice president of marketing for Promisec.;jsessionid=EA1KQQBHQNWVKQSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=212500149

Posted on 12/12