Review: eTrust AntiVirus

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Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus is part of the eTrust security product family that has build its reputation on usability, detection, disinfection and the quality of support expected of any best-of-breed security solution. It provides its users with regular updates for ongoing protection, offering both virus antidotes and signature files to keep the user one step ahead. If you are looking for an anti-virus solution that protects both the server environment and the workstation, with more than adequate protection for a typical SME and the larger corporation alike, then eTrust Antivirus is well worth consideration. Installation of the eTrust Antivirus solution is flexible, it can either be achieved remotely or by local means, so depending on the size of your enterprise you can determine which offers the best option when you are ready to install it.

Computer Associates eTrust Antivirus is part of the eTrust security product family that has build its reputation on usability, detection, disinfection and the quality of support expected of any best-of-breed security solution. It provides its users with regular updates for ongoing protection, offering both virus antidotes and signature files to keep the user one step ahead. If you are looking for an anti-virus solution that protects both the server environment and the workstation, with more than adequate protection for a typical SME and the larger corporation alike, then eTrust Antivirus is well worth consideration. Installation of the eTrust Antivirus solution is flexible, it can either be achieved remotely or by local means, so depending on the size of your enterprise you can determine which offers the best option when you are ready to install it.

Like many other solutions, eTrust Antivirus provides a Windows GUI that is easy to use and navigate and does not take long to familiarize yourself with it - this is extremely important to the busy administrator who doesn't want to spend months learning how to use it to its optimum. Features include dual scanning engines to ensure all viruses can be detected, an excellent management architecture making it flexible and policy-based, redundant signature distribution and incremental signature updates, a virus block to stop attacks spreading, proactive gateway scanning, event logging and alerting, flexible reporting, quarantine and 24/7 support. eTrust Antivirus reflects a feature-rich product offering the type of sophistication expected of today's anti-virus solutions.

In an enterprise where operating systems can be diverse, a good selection from a quality solution is important and eTrust Antivirus offers the following:

  • Microsoft Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP
  • Palm OS/PocketPC 2002
  • Linux RedHat, SuSe, Turbo
  • Sun Solaris
  • Macintosh
  • Novell NetWare 3.x,4.x,5.x 6.x
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5+/2000
  • Lotus Notes/Domino
  • Gateway Plug-In to CVP Firewall
  • Gateway Plug-In to Microsoft Proxy and ISA Servers
  • Gateway Plug-In to Apache Proxy Server (Linux)

SC Magazine has been running both standalone and an annual review of anti-virus solutions for around ten years and has watched the development of this particular technology while adding to its extensive virus library to enable the tests to be fair but tough. During our round of arduous tests eTrust Antivirus provided the type of results that we have come to expect over the years. It delivered a perfect score during Test One where we ensured that the product had to go through each and every virus on the in-the-wild list.

In the second test the solution had to disinfect all of the viruses from Test One that were capable of being disinfected. But in doing so it could not damage the infected object, be it file or hard disk. Having restored it to its former state the data had to be readable or the application had to run as it had formerly. And similarly, eTrust Antivirus sailed through Test Two, providing another perfect 100 percent

In Test Three against the onslaught of 1,012 polymorphic viruses it again ran into no problems whatsoever and carried its so-far perfect score into Test Four against our second division viruses. These are the ones that may not be in the current in-the-wild list, either because they have dropped off or because they may only be listed in a subsidiary category (as for example a virus only affecting a small part of the world or having only been picked up by one reporter). These do usually end up on the main list at some point and should be protected against. eTrust Antivirus didn't let us down, sweeping all 226 to finish with 100 percent detection.

Our fifth test and penultimate test looked at how eTrust Antivirus coped with our macro library. This library has been reduced to around 50 percent of the total to allow for the recent drop-off in macro viruses and therefore we discarded the older versions in favor of the new.

Our sixth and final test was an array of new viruses that had made it onto the ITW list. As the product was only provided with updates to combat viruses on the current list, it provided an opportunity to see what it was capable of detecting with the new viruses and variants. This may be the area which shows the biggest difference in the detection rates and lets you see where forward thinking on the developers' side may protect you further. eTrust Antivirus detected all of the new viruses and therefore proved itself to be a worthy contender in the fight against these security threats.

 

For:

eTrust Antivirus provides excellent anti-virus protection combined with an array of great features.


Against:

Documentation supplied in electronic format meant considerable time wasted printing it out.


Verdict:

This product has an impressively high spec, with ease of use and a great performance as well as a host of functional features worth exploring.  

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