Montana School Reaps the Benefits of AVG Network Protection

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Jefferson High School digs out 120 viruses from 150 machines - with a little help from Walling Data and AVG Technologies.

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At any one time, there are more than 150 computers and servers in use on the network, so the potential for infection is pretty high. When I came on board, the school was using Symantec's Norton AntiVirus to keep the network clean. While the software has a good reputation for ease of use, my experience with the product was not too good at keeping viruses out.

Brett Letkehus, Technology Coordinator at Jefferson High School in Boulder, Montana, has been a devoted fan of AVG's security products for his home computer for many years. It took rather longer - and a lot of virus infections - before he was able to convince the school to adopt the same powerful AVG technology for its network.

"Jefferson High has 20 teachers, 20 administrative staff, and around 270 students," said Letkehus. "At any one time, there are more than 150 computers and servers in use on the network, so the potential for infection is pretty high. When I came on board, the school was using Symantec's Norton AntiVirus to keep the network clean. While the software has a good reputation for ease of use, my experience with the product was not too good at keeping viruses out."

Two years ago, Letkehus concluded that he had had enough of cleaning up after his existing security solution, and made the decision to switch the school over to AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition software, While he knew the software was more than powerful enough for the task of keeping viruses off PCs, Letkehus did not have experience with the network versions, so he was keen to find a supplier who could support him through the initial stages of getting up and running with the system.

"We contacted the AVG US office to ask their advice on who might be the best supplier for us to work with," Letkehus said. "They pointed us in the direction of Walling Data because they not only specialized in providing AVG products and support to the education market but also offered significant discounts to educational institutions. It sounded like a winning combination to me!"

Walling Data is the longest-standing and highest-volume distributor of AVG Technologies solutions in North America. It is also the only distributor to offer all its customers free, unlimited, U.S.-based pre- and post-sales support.

"By the time we came to install AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition on the network, we had viruses on 120 of our computers - that's 75% of the school's PCs - and the infections were spreading like wildfire," Letkehus said. "It seemed that every time we booted the network, another system would fall victim to the epidemic. Once the AVG software was up and running, it was busy for 12 to 14 hours quarantining and rescanning all of our computers to make sure that they were clean and free of all traces of the viruses. Within the first day of buying AVG, it proved to us that it was money well spent."

Letkehus said that since he switched the school over to AVG protection, neither he nor the school has had any regrets. He couldn't have been happier to find that the network software provided the same high-powered, unobtrusive protection for the school as he had experienced on his home machines for years. And the partnership with Walling Data has proved a real benefit as well.

"The decision to switch to AVG protection was definitely the right move for us," said Letkehus. "The software is extremely easy to use, and the remote administration tool makes it a simple task for me to check the security status of any machine on the network. On the few occasions when I've come across a function I couldn't quite figure out, a quick call to Walling Data's no-cost support has cleared things up for me in just minutes. Walling's service has been impeccable, and we could not have asked for a better return on investment for this combination of protection, professionalism, and performance."

About Walling Data Systems:
Founded in 1994, in North Carolina, Walling Data Systems is a Value-Added Technology Distributor and IT Solution Provider offering innovative high-value solutions to everyday computer security problems for corporate, education, and home technology users. Walling Data was named an Authorized AVG Distributor in 2004 and is the only source for unlimited toll free phone, "We-Do-It-For-You" remote control support, and more for their AVG customers in the United States and Canada, one reason why thousands of customers each month choose Walling as their supplier of choice for AVG products. More information at http://www.avg-antivirus.net

About AVG:
Founded in 1991 and with offices in the US and Europe, 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 world's leading experts in Internet security, specifically in the areas of threat research, analysis and detection. AVG's award-winning products are distributed globally through resellers and over the Internet as well as via third parties through Software Developer's Kits (SDK).

Media Contacts:
Ashlie Lanning 919-557-7890 alanning @ wallingdatasystems.com
Luke Walling 828-459-5422 x225 luke @ wallingdatasystems.com

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