WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus Overview

WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus is the #11 ranked solution in our list of top Anti-Malware Tools. It is most often compared to Norton Security Premium: WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus vs Norton Security Premium

What is WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus?

Keeping your network free of malware is more challenging than ever before as an increasing number of new and ever-changing threats are emerging each day. Ensure your network and devices remain free of malware with WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus. It uses advanced, multi-layered threat detection engines to identify and block malware at the network gateway. Using industry-leading, high-performance scanning of traffic on all major protocols, WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus provides real-time protection against known viruses, trojans, worms, spyware, and rogueware.

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RM
Owner / CEO at Midwest Technology Specialists LLC.
Real User
Top 20
Very stable and effective on non-encrypted traffic, but doesn't offer endpoint protection

Pros and Cons

  • "It is the most effective on non-encrypted traffic and it is able to determine some threats through deep packet inspection."
  • "The solution isn't what I would consider feature-rich."

What other advice do I have?

We're a service provider and have been for a number of years. I'm a consultant. The solution is part of the firewall and the UTM. It's never really handled as a separate entity, though it is licensed. It's part of their unified threat bundle. I've used almost all of the current GUI interfaces. The antivirus has changed the backend engine a couple of times over the years. The current revision, I believe, is Bitdefender driven, but I'm not exactly 100% sure. I'd advise other organizations, when setting up the solution, to configure all proxies and policies prior to doing the subscription service…
TX
IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Moderately priced and likely works better outside of China, but lacks great performance

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to protect our hardware.

Pros and Cons

  • "The pricing of the solution is okay. It's not the most expensive option."
  • "It doesn't offer the best protection and it's incompatible with a lot of China's websites. It makes a lot of mistakes when it is detecting items as it's not recognizing items correctly."

What other advice do I have?

I'm not sure if I would recommend the product. My experiences are based on what we've seen in terms of response to our network environment. Maybe other companies have a good international network and maybe they would have not this issue. It's hard to say. In any case, we've had issues. Overall, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten. Maybe they shouldn't be in the Chinese market.
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IS
CEO at Datastream LLC
Real User
A fully complete suite with VPN, firewall, and anti-virus agents for network management

What is our primary use case?

WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus is a firewall solution. We use it for internet access for our employees and network security in business operations.

Pros and Cons

  • "I haven't a problem with anti-virus stability using WatchGuard for over two years."
  • "WatchGuard technical support requires a license."

What other advice do I have?

WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus has VPN access for all systems. It's a firewall and an anti-virus agent. It's fully complete for my company. I would recommend the solution. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at ten.
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