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Protect Your Windows Home Server from Viruses, Worms and Rootkits

written by: •edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 3/31/2011

Although you might have antivirus software on your PC, you should still consider installing it on your Windows Home Server for optimum protection.

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    Antivirus Software for Windows Home Server

    With a Windows Home Server (WHS) you have an opportunity to apply a good degree of security to the computers on your home network by using the server as a gateway to the Internet, or simply as a storage system.

    Whichever paradigm you choose a good quality and suitable antivirus solution should be employed so that you are able to protect your data and other devices on your network from infection.

    With Windows Home Server, the antivirus software you choose could prove to be the difference between running a secure and safe system and running one that leads to all other computers picking up viruses regularly.

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    Avast! Windows Home Server Edition

    Antivirus Software for Windows Home Server - Avast! Available for under $50 comes Avast! Windows Home Server Edition, a scaled up version of the popular antivirus software that will provide your home server with on demand scanning, a virus chest for locking infected and suspect files away from the rest of your system, seamless integration with your WHS and it’s even light on system resources!

    Requiring Windows Home Server 1 or later, the minimum system specs for Avast! Windows Home Server Edition are an Intel Pentium 3 processor, 256 MB RAM and 370 MB of hard disk space.

    With an antivirus and anti-spyware engine, scheduled scanning, regular updates and rootkit protection among its key features, Avast!’s success as a free home PC solution has made this low cost Windows Home Server antivirus software a popular and attractive choice.

    Full details can be found at from the Avast! website.

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    AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 2011

    Antivirus Software for Windows Home Server - AVG Another company that is kind to home desktop users is AVG, whose free antivirus software is very popular. Their AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 2011 software is suitable for a number of purposes, among them protecting your Windows Home Server from online threats.

    Featuring link-checking software to protect you from bad links via chat, e-mail or social networking. It also includes an e-mail scanner, file server protection, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit and antivirus protection. The AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition 2011 features an easy-to-use console but does require higher minimum specs than the Avast! option.

    You will need at least an Intel Pentium 1.5 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM and 750 MB of hard disk space.

    Available for $89.99 for one year, this is AVG’s only WHS compatible product, take a look at further details at on AVG's website.

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    ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 Home Edition

    Antivirus Software for Windows Home Server - NOD32 Finally, you can install ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 Home Edition on a Windows Home Server. Antivirus software should typically be easy to install, however, while this solution might be easy to use with a good user interface and all of the expected real-time protection, anti-spyware, removable media security and anti-rootkit protection, ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 Home Edition is tough to install on Windows Home Server, requiring a remote desktop protocol (RDP) from Windows XP or later PC to manage the installation.

    With minimum specs of an Intel or AMD CPU, 60 MB of RAM and 230 MB of hard disk space on a computer running at least Windows 2000, ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 Home Edition is available for $50 for a single PC, one year license, with other options available.

    Visit the ESET website for more information.

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