What is an Antivirus Definition Update?

Most Anti-Virus software vendors including Symantec, Microsoft and McAfee roll out definition updates quite frequently. It therefore becomes essential for Network administrators like you to keep a constant watch of these updates so as to secure the network desktops. However with definition updates coming out every other day, most of the time it becomes tedious to accommodate the tracking and update process in your daily routine. And in case, each of your network PCs is configured to directly communicate with the download-server of the anti-virus vendor, it would definitely equate to huge bandwidth consumption, which is once again a big no-no for effective Network Management.

Why should you have an antivirus definition update mechanism?

Antivirus software have become an integral part of Network security. People who write malicious code are well aware of the Operating System lapses of your network computers. Installing an antivirus software on your network desktops is essentially the first step into protecting your network. However, Network Security Management does not end with just the installation of an antivirus software. It also needs regular tracking and updating of the latest virus definitions, such as to rule out an upcoming vulnerable moment.

How to perform Antivirus definition update using Patch Manager Plus?

For those of you running Antivirus software on your network computers, here is a bit of relief on definition updates. This patch management software's options help you simplify the process by automating the definition update mechanism. Using the Automated Patch Deployment (APD) option, you can stay informed about the latest Antivirus definition updates, through the Antivirus database sync that happens once every hour. After the sync, the updates are automatically installed in the endpoints during the deployment window specified in the APD task.

For even more clarity on handling Antivirus definition updates, check out the best practices of deploying Antivirus Definition updates.

Two keys benefits of employing Patch Manager Plus:

  • Automation of the definition update process saves administrator time to be utilized for some other attention seeking task.
  • Efficiently deploys Antivirus definition updates in a controlled manner along with optimised bandwidth consumption.

To keep it simple, Patch Manager Plus takes you one step closer towards securing your network computers from malware and spywares in addition to the traditional malicious software like Virus, Trojans and Worms.

Supported Applications

  • Windows Defender
  • Mcafee Virusscan Enterprise
  • Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Server Management
  • Microsoft Forefront Client Security
  • Microsoft Security Essentials

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** Antivirus Definition Updates support is subject to technical feasibility.