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We have a really small company ( 2 person ) and we just started it. There is a server with Windows XP (no need for Windows Server or anything else). Anyway, we need an anti-virus.

Is it legal to use Avast Free! on the machine? I couldn't find anyhting like an EULA or use rights. We really do NOT need any more protection. Its a single Firebird SQL server.

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Probably not, unfortunately. http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download says it's free only for "personal and non-commercial use"

Microsoft's Security Essentials seems good, and you can run it on 10 business machines.

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Oh... damn Avast. :( I'm an Avast IS customer too (3 PCs license, still legit for 2 years). Would that work? –  Shiki Feb 8 '11 at 11:23
@Shiki It would be best to sent the an e-mail and ask about it. I think that IS should work on commercial computers. –  AndrejaKo Feb 8 '11 at 19:06

I suppose you can use ClamAV for Windows, the only feature not supported yet I suppose is real time scanning. It's open source so I don't think you should face any legal hassles if you use it for business.

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ClamAV deleted some really important system files just a while back. I guess everyone removed their ClamAV for win copies. (It's just not for Windows / desktop, that's all.) Thanks for the suggesion though. –  Shiki Feb 8 '11 at 14:31

I'd agree with Rob.

The Avast site has separate pages for home and home office and business usage and only the home/home office page mentions the free version.

I think you could only use the free version if you were working by yourself from home.

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I can't find it now, but for quite some time it was explicitly written on Avast's website that free version is only for non-commercial use and should not be used on any computer used for work. Maybe they changed that in the meantime, but I can't find the EULA right now anywhere (and I have Avast installed). –  AndrejaKo Feb 8 '11 at 11:20
@AndrejaKo - I thought so too, but this is all I could find now. –  ChrisF Feb 8 '11 at 11:21

Microsoft Security Essentials is available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your business has more than 10 PCs. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials

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> If your business has more than 10 PCs … then what? –  slhck Nov 24 '11 at 10:48

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