Claremont, NC (PressExposure) June 10, 2008 -- For the last seven years, Michael Restivo has acted as Technical Coordinator for Saint Phillip Neri, a private Catholic school in Alameda, California. The school has approximately 300 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, 12 teachers, and 21 workstations on a single network.
âWith lots of young kids using the computers in the lab for research, there is Internet activity pretty much all day, every day,â Restivo said. âProtection against online threats from spyware, viruses and the like are definitely a priority for us.â
Since Restivoâs technical coordinator role is a volunteer one, he doesnât have a lot of time to troubleshoot computer problems, especially those that can be easily avoided. When he first took the position, the school was securing the network and workstations with Norton AntiVirus. It didnât take long for Restivo to get frustrated with the programâs weaknesses, not to mention the hefty cost of renewing the protection every year. He researched possible alternatives and found that AVG Anti-Virus was being widely recommended for educational environments as a low-impact, easy-to-use solution that was also cost-effective.
âI was immediately attracted to AVG because of the relatively low price point,â said Restivo. As a small private school, cost is always an issue â AVG appeared to be much more accessible cost-wise than some other well-known security solutions. So I downloaded a free trial version, put it through its paces, and liked what I saw.â
Restivo conducted thorough research on AVG distributors and decided to purchase from Walling Data, a specialist in supplying the educational and non-profit sectors. The fact that Walling is also the countryâs longest-standing distributor of AVG Technologies solutions and is the only distributor to offer all customers no-cost, unlimited, U.S.-based support as part of every sale gave Restivo further confidence that heâd made the right choice.
âBefore I made my decision, I needed a measure of comfort in the product and the level of support that would be available,â Restivo said. âHaving tested the software, I was happy with the level of protection and ease of use it would provide, and my research into suppliers confirmed that Walling would be able to support the installation even if I wasnât able to put on my Tech Coordinator hat on any occasion!â
âThe significant discounts Walling offers the education sector didnât hurt, either.â
Because Restivo canât always be on hand to oversee the network, he loves AVGâs remote administration functions. Called AVG Admin, this power tool allows him to manage all the computers on the network from one central location.
âThe remote management is ideal for me,â said Restivo. âI wish all software could be automated and managed remotely as easily as AVG. Itâs proved to be a great investment, very reliable and requires less maintenance than other security products Iâve used. In fact, keeping our computers free of malware has been pretty much a hands-free operation.â
Restivo said he is continuing to use AVG on his home computer, and would recommend it to friends and colleagues in a second.
âOf course, weâve had potential threats,â he said. âBut AVG has caught and quarantined all of them, every single time, so nothing's ever gotten into the network and done damage.â
About AVG Founded in 1991 and with offices in the US, UK, and Czech Republic, AVG is a leading international developer of Internet threat protection solutions for consumers and SMBs. AVG is one of the fastest growing companies in the industry with more than 70 million active users around the world. The company employs some of the worldâs leading experts in Internet security, specifically in the areas of threat research, analysis and detection. AVGâs award-winning products are distributed globally through resellers and over the Internet as well as via third parties through Software Developerâs Kits (SDK).