[FX.php List] [OFF] Antivirus software on a Windows web server?

Malcolm Fitzgerald malcolm at notyourhomework.net
Tue May 31 23:11:39 MDT 2016

Why would you not? You'll lose a few clock cycles to forensic processes. 
In return you obtain a higher level of security and decrease the risk of 

The flip side is that you ignore the risk. When an unwanted event occurs 
you'll have to show that real benefits were obtained during the period 
before the machine was compromised. That shouldn't be hard, they'll be 
obvious to everyone and would have been used to rationalise the decision 
to go without antivirus software in the first place. The appropriate 
questions at that point will be, was enough benefit obtained to justify 
the repair costs and the downtime incurred, and will you continue to 
support the policy of running the server in the same fashion?

good luck,


On 1/06/2016 2:49 AM, Joel Shapiro wrote:
> Hi all
> I’ve got a client that’s just created a brand new Windows Server 2012 VM to act exclusively as a ‘vanilla' web server (no FileMaker components installed).
> They’ve asked me if they should install antivirus software on it.  Googling returns a mixed response.  What do y’all think?
> Thanks very much,
> -Joel
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