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Question about a server to connect client computers to the internet.


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#1 Kenmc

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 11:03 AM

Hi,

 

I donate much of my time to a non-profit school as the IT Coordinator. I have very limited knowledge about servers and what I can do with them.

 

We can no longer afford Endpoint antivirus protection so all of the computers have free antivirus. We're using Commodo Antivirus Free. We depend on donated computers and the ones we have are old slow XP computers.

 

My question is, can I use a proxy server so that all computers connect to the internet through it, and use one antivirus product on the server so I can remove the antivirus software from the client computers? If I could remove the antivirus software from the client computers, they would run much faster.

 

Thanks,

 

Ken



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 03:40 PM

Went off on a tangent. Can't remove antivirus from computers. I don't know what I was thinking.



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Posted 29 March 2015 - 08:50 AM

You can configure the proxy to block websites and spam; however, antivirus protection needs to occur on the computer itself. To do what you are suggesting would require the proxy to read every packet and every line of code coming in. You think the XP machines are slow now?... :nono:

 

The solution you have in place, while not optimal, is workable. If the computers are running slow, can they add more RAM? Delete any unused programs? Simple things like using Disk Cleanup and Defragmentation, which the machines already have, might help.

 

Just my two cents.






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