Cost of Virus Scanner!

Gerry Doris gerry at DORFAM.CA
Sat Dec 8 00:16:11 GMT 2001

I'm actually in Toronto, Canada.  Using today's exchange rates 99 sterling
is $229.34 Cdn and $750 USD is a mere $1197.08 Cdn.  How can there be that
big a difference for the same product?

I don't mind paying for a good product but $1200 is ridiculous for a home


On Fri, 7 Dec 2001, Chris Kilner wrote:

> We are resellers of Sophos here in the uk the current price for a single
> user is ?99.00 sterling
> I'm not sure what that is in US dollars but it's less than $750
> Chris
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK]On
> Behalf Of Gerry Doris
> Sent: 07 December 2001 21:57
> Subject: Cost of Virus Scanner!
> I have an old 486 that just won't die that I use for a mail server for my
> home network.  I have a couple of Windows PC's on the network.
> I read about MailScanner on the Linux Journal website and tracked it down
> on Freshmeat.  I installed it on Wednesday without problems.  This is one
> superb application!!!
> I hadn't heard of Sophos but since MailScanner supported it I went ahead
> and installed it too.  I was a little nervous as I couldn't find any
> pricing on their website.  Well, I had a right to be.
> I got a call yesterday from their US sales office.  Their sales rep told
> me that the minimum license would be 50 seats (ie. to cover 50 PC's) at
> $15 USD/seat!  Obviously, I am not going to pay $750 USD.  Sophos said
> this is a commercial application and is not intended for home users.  He
> felt it was competitive with similar packages from McAfee.
> I suggest a warning be placed on the MailScanner website (and any other
> site that carries MailScanner ie. Freshmeat) that it requires a commerical
> virus scanner for full functionality.  The cost of these scanners
> preclude home use.
> Gerry
> --
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