Dngrsone, I disagree that the thread should be closed - most of these replies are civil still, I don't see any reason to bring that to a halt... However...
Originally Posted by threadmark
anti-virus is used when the user doesnít have sufficient knowledge of computer programs and features. Speaking as an IT Manager now just been promoted yay for me, we do not use anti-virus software at all. If you get access to a sufficient firewall so you can permit or deny access to resources and files thatís all a computer needs.
I pray for you then. Not having antivirus on your user's PCs does nothing to protect you should your firewall or Email filter fail to catch something. What about someone letting a rogue program in on the network via a flash drive or CD? What about an outsider who manages to get in anyway via a wifi access point?
Not running antivirus is the stupidest thing any company can do - my company uses Forefront since it offers both malware protection and virus protection, and we use it with a robust hardware firewall in addition to a software solution (Untangle).
We haven't had many problems, but save for the occasional malware snafu - in every case, Forefront has ground the infection to a halt. One of the large reasons why I trust my home PC to MSE.
I also disagree with folks on the Security Suite vs Antivirus situation. Save for NOD or, with caveats, Norton Security, there's little reason to install those heavy handed suites for most users. Yes, the ones that continually poke their noses into places it shouldn't be online need something more secure, but for the vast majority of users, antivirus and the windows firewall does the job.
I build or fix, on average, 10 users a month outside of my day job - this is my point of view. I help folks from the totally novice to the "wannabe technician" - the view hardly shifts. Only the folks who don't want to deal with people usually recommend the ISSes out there.
"No I won't fix your PC" is the perfect shirt for them. As for me, I rather enjoy the extra income.