York County Government’s Network Troubles Cured by AVG Anti-Virus

After much experimental treatment, MIS Director finally gives his network a clean bill of health

Newton, N.C. – March 18, 2010 – Joel Abernathy used to worry about health issues every day. The health of his network, that is. Abernathy is Assistant MIS Director for York County Government (YCG) in South Carolina. He oversees 16 IT professionals and a network of 700 workstations and more than 20 servers. Providing protection for YCG’s computers against viruses was becoming more stressful by the day, as the network grew and users’ tempers frayed.

"The bigger the network, the greater the potential for virus infection,” Abernathy said. “With more than 700 computers, our network was a virus epidemic just waiting to happen."

Searching for the cure

Abernathy used other anti-virus solutions for a number of years, but was never quite happy with any of them.

"We used Norton then switched more recently to Kaspersky to reduce costs. However, Kaspersky’s complex update process proved unpopular with users, slowing systems to an unacceptable speed whenever updates were downloaded. We were hoping the third time would be a charm with Lightspeed. But, no." He recalled, "The whole exercise was a nightmare. The Lightspeed software failed to prevent virus attacks, and couldn’t fix the subsequent infections. My employees couldn’t take it anymore, and neither could I. After all the products we tried, I was starting to wonder if an affordable, functional virus protection even existed."

To fix the infected machines, Abernathy turned to the AVG Anti-Virus free product he used at home. After ensuring that AVG had network products that could be used on his networks, he downloaded the Free Edition to some virus-infected computers at YCG; the AVG Anti-Virus software removed the viruses from every computer that day.

"That was all it took for us to decide the cure to our troubles lay with AVG Anti-Virus."

Cost-effective remedy

Abernathy was delighted to learn that AVG offered several value-added extras to government and nonprofit organizations.

"Not only is AVG experienced in the government market, but they also provide customers free, unlimited, US-based support. And the prices were so competitive, we purchased three years’ worth of protection right off the bat," Abernathy noted.

YCG has not experienced a single infection since installing AVG Anti-Virus.

"My team loves the simple, intuitive interface," said Abernathy. "I particularly like that AVG Anti-Virus has a smaller resource footprint compared with any other anti-virus software we’ve used. With AVG, you don’t even know it’s there."

About AVG:

Founded in 1991 and with offices in the US and Europe, AVG is a leading international developer of Internet threat protection solutions for consumers and SMBs. AVG is one of the fastest growing companies in the industry with more than 70 million active users around the world. The company employs some of the world’s leading experts in Internet security, specifically in the areas of threat research, analysis and detection. AVG’s award- winning products are distributed globally through resellers and over the Internet as well as via third parties through Software Developer’s Kits (SDK).

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