Illinois Courthouse Finds Security with AVG Anti-Virus

AVG Anti-Virus restores courthouse’s confidence in technology

Newton, NC—Date — Like many small government organizations, the Mercer County Courthouse of Aleda, Illinois has limited resources and staff. So it comes as no surprise that one of its’ staff members, Jeff Benson, frequently finds himself running the organization’s network in addition to his other duties.

"My knowledge about technology is not extensive, but I know more than my coworkers, so I’ve been in charge of our IT purchases and decision making for 12 years. I am the one our staff turns to when they encounter issues with software or workstations," Benson said.

Benson reflected back to 2001, when the courthouse first implemented connectivity to the internet. He quickly realized the critical need for a security solution to keep out hackers, viruses and other threats without sacrificing performance or breaking the bank.

"For a while we ran Trend Micro and were pleased, at first, with its performance," Benson recalled. "When we went wireless this year, we needed to upgrade to the new version of that product. It was then that we noticed Trend Micro eating up way too much of our systems’ resources and slowing everything down dramatically."

Benson said that the final straw was in the early summer of 2008 when a virus threat seeped through and threatened their infrastructure.

"A virus took over some of our computers,” Benson said. “To make it worse, the only way I could figure out how to get rid of it was to purchase software that ran $120 a pop! I realized then that if a virus ever threatened us again, we would have to spend more taxpayer dollars to clean up the mess. So this incident, coupled with all the other issues, forced us to look for a replacement."

AVG Anti-Virus: Compatible, Safe, Secure

Benson reached out to his most valued source for advice, the organization’s Internet Service Provider (ISP).

"Our ISP recommended that we check out AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition as a replacement for Trend Micro," Benson said. "They promised that AVG Anti-Virus would not hog all our systems’ resources and there were discounts available to government groups."

After conducting further research, he installed a AVG Free Edition on a few workstations as a test run.

"I was amazed with the performance of the AVG Anti-Virus product," Benson recalled. "It was so unobtrusive that I forgot it was there. Even better, it caught all sorts of nasty viruses that Trend never did."

Prompt, Thorough, Domestic Technical Support

Following the installation of the Free Trial, Benson convinced the County that AVG Anti-Virus was the best fit for their organization. He said, "AVG Anti-Virus did the job right protecting our network without taking time away from daily work, so the county quickly approved the purchase."

"The AVG team was responsive and helpful during the entire sales and installation process. Reliable service like that is hard to find – especially when it’s free. I’m thankful that they helped speed up the process so that I could get back to work."

Benson says "It has been smooth sailing ever since" and is happy with the decision to switch to AVG Anti-Virus.

"What I like best about AVG Anti-Virus is that I don’t see it!" Benson said. "You don’t have to babysit it all the time like we did with Trend Micro. The updates are constant and if there is a threat to our network, it is handled by AVG Anti-Virus immediately and automatically. I can’t ask for much more than that!":

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