February 28, 2018
Score 8 out of 10
Barkly is our primary end-user and server anti-virus program. We use this company-wide, for all end-users. This helps our end users protect against virus, malware and the like and it also alerts me to any issues that may arise on my network.
- Stops programs from making changes to users' system - this can be hit or miss, but I'd rather have a false positive and have to override it, then a virus on my systems.
- The override system for false positives is very simple and easy to use - if a program throws up a flag, it is very easy to tell Barkly to leave it alone and it will do this network-wide, which is nice for things like updates.
- Very lightweight, small install and leaves almost no footprint on your system. Also system resource utilization is very light.
- There is no visible icon that it is installed unless you go into Add/Remove programs, locally you would not know its there.
- If an update is installed (i.e. Windows Update) and Barkly flags it, you will get SPAMMed with alerts until it is overridden. An easy fix but can be annoying if you are on your way in and not at the office yet.
- Reporting is a bit lit in the Admin console - installs, and updates, but not much else.
- Getting better, but when they update their product, there wasn't much warning originally. A bit unsettling when you log into your console and see every one of your end users out-of-date.
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This is pretty good AV product - lightweight, easy to install, and easy on system resources. It will take some getting used to on the end user side, it doesn't scan in a traditional way, and it does not have a taskbar icon so it hard to know if it's working or installed. My only complaint would be the false positives which I know every AV system has, but the problem with Barkly is that it alerts the users with a message (which they freak out about) and it alerts IT with an email. Again, not a major issue, but it can be annoying until it is overridden. The override process is super easy though, so its again, not a big deal.