RAV AntiVirus Desktop for Windows
January 01, 2003
$10 per user
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A good bet for the smaller business model as ease of use is well developed here.
A little work needed in the performance stakes, but certainly better than some.
Looks like this product is on the move and will be a real contender in the SME anti-virus market in the future.
Installation can be for one PC or a network system, take your pick. But when it comes to updating your anti-virus protection RAV Desktop has a neat trick - instead of every machine downloading the same updates it allows one networked computer to act as the update server and collect the new virus definitions. The workstations can then collect them from a set directory. This saves bandwidth, and for the smaller office model that is important. A deployment tool is also available to allow one central installation to be rolled out across your network.
RAV gives the administrator some useful features and configuration settings to allow for a better sense of control over the SME's virus protection. It incorporates scanning to suit the enterprise, with reporting facilities, updates, RAV help and other automated scanning procedures.
Installation has been simplified to enable a one-installation process for the whole network to be protected. This enables you to utilize RAV's new central deployment method. We did not test the new deployment method as it was not available at the time of our testing procedure. In beta, we are told it comes with full support so it may be worth a try. Single installation is conducted with ease and if that's anything to go by the new process should work a treat. Docum entation is well developed and the GUI is intuitive and comfortable to work with.
With the tests we ran, we wanted to ensure that anti-virus solutions not only detected the newest in-the-wild collections but those that could re-emerge or were on their way. This caused some problems for a few solutions and RAV was one of them. In the first test it found no problem at all, returning a perfect score of 100 percent, but in Test 2 94.55 was returned.
In the third test with polymorphic collection it delivered another 100 percent result.
But, where it lost out was on the second division collection. Here it faltered, missing one to return 99.56 percent. When it came to the macro collection it failed to recognize one of the 2,344 viruses and ended on 99.96 percent. It was fast though, taking a mere 2 seconds to scan our designated directory.
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