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Whats the best free anti virus for a server?

So i have Server that i primarely use to host my Minecraft server and some wierd stuff have been happening(folder vanishing, anti virus broken). It runs Windows server 2019 Standart and the antivirus i use is Avira Free.

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"Best" is subjective. I would tell you Windows Defender should be fine but for third party I always used to use Avast Anti-virus and Malwarebytes Anti-malware but I don't know the state of either company today so do some research on them beforehand or wait for someone to come screaming in that you shouldn't or should use (insert software here).

 

If I were to throw my honest opinion out onto the open floor it'd be the best anti-virus you could use is yourself. Firewalls exist for a reason. Only open what you absolutely have to. Alternatively consider splitting the servers up with virtualization so they can't interact with each other as easily. Think about VLANs or separate subnets if you want to get really tinfoil hat like about it.

 

Also as for files/folders disappearing sounds more like a hardware/software issue than someone breaking in. Could be a drive is failing, bad sectors, file system corruption, or an issue with the motherboard.

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18 minutes ago, Windows7ge said:

"Best" is subjective. I would tell you Windows Defender should be fine but for third party I always used to use Avast Anti-virus and Malwarebytes Anti-malware but I don't know the state of either company today so do some research on them beforehand or wait for someone to come screaming in that you shouldn't or should use (insert software here).

 

If I were to throw my honest opinion out onto the open floor it'd be the best anti-virus you could use is yourself. Firewalls exist for a reason. Only open what you absolutely have to. Alternatively consider splitting the servers up with virtualization so they can't interact with each other as easily. Think about VLANs or separate subnets if you want to get really tinfoil hat like about it.

 

Also as for files/folders disappearing sounds more like a hardware/software issue than someone breaking in. Could be a drive is failing, bad sectors, file system corruption, or an issue with the motherboard.

well my server is pretty old even out dating my Computer wich is from 2009. plus running vm would be way to anoyng to do on a server my level due to it being over 20 server conencted to each other and it would use way to mayn resorces.

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This is a good resource to check:

https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/real-world-protection-test-february-may-2022/

They also test enterprise as well as consumer AVs.

Personally, for third party I used to use Avast myself but it's gotten so bloated over the years I've seen actual performance gains switching to another AV.

You can see their performance impact test here:

https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/performance-test-april-2022/

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1 hour ago, FuchsFuchs1 said:

well my server is pretty old even out dating my Computer wich is from 2009. plus running vm would be way to anoyng to do on a server my level due to it being over 20 server conencted to each other and it would use way to mayn resorces.

When you say 20 different servers I'm guessing you mean you're hosting over 20 separate Minecraft server instances?

 

You could cluster them together to save on RAM. Make the host a hypervisor in itself. If you're Linux savvy run your MC servers in Linux. It would cut down on RAM/CPU considerably.

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11 hours ago, Windows7ge said:

When you say 20 different servers I'm guessing you mean you're hosting over 20 separate Minecraft server instances?

 

You could cluster them together to save on RAM. Make the host a hypervisor in itself. If you're Linux savvy run your MC servers in Linux. It would cut down on RAM/CPU considerably.

Im shit at linux and yes i run  over 20 instances of mc server for my server network

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For the purposes of a server I would say Windows Defender should be fine as clients are the most likely point of infection.

Again Windows Defender on clients has come on leaps and bounds so for a lot of cases is fine but on my endpoint clients I prefer to use ESET Internet Security, partly becuase it doesn't complain about being installed on a domain joined computer unlike some products (Looks over at AVG / Kaspersky in years gone by).

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6 hours ago, FuchsFuchs1 said:

Im shit at linux and yes i run  over 20 instances of mc server for my server network

Hey I've been working with Linux for about 6~7 years now and I still think I'm shit at Linux. Every time I want to try something new it's always a battle but learning how to setup a Linux based MC server could prove to be helpful on your older hardware. It could also come with lower overhead for the people playing while giving you access to more firewall based control in a simpler environment if you're comfortable with CLI.

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Anti-virus software is a security risk. Using none reduces the attack surface.

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12 hours ago, Dat Guy said:

Anti-virus software is a security risk. Using none reduces the attack surface.

smh

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On 6/24/2022 at 3:15 PM, MrMase said:

For the purposes of a server I would say Windows Defender should be fine as clients are the most likely point of infection.

Again Windows Defender on clients has come on leaps and bounds so for a lot of cases is fine but on my endpoint clients I prefer to use ESET Internet Security, partly becuase it doesn't complain about being installed on a domain joined computer unlike some products (Looks over at AVG / Kaspersky in years gone by).

the only user on my server is directly on my server idk how to do the domain stuff

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On 6/24/2022 at 4:12 PM, Windows7ge said:

Hey I've been working with Linux for about 6~7 years now and I still think I'm shit at Linux. Every time I want to try something new it's always a battle but learning how to setup a Linux based MC server could prove to be helpful on your older hardware. It could also come with lower overhead for the people playing while giving you access to more firewall based control in a simpler environment if you're comfortable with CLI.

i litrely have no idea what cli is plus i also run Mecury on that server so yeah. plus how do you expact someone who takes 1hour to find the root folder on linux to do anything proper on it

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