Security Software Compatibility

The table on this page lists all security software for Windows Server 2012 with notes about its installation and workings. If you have an application that is not yet on this list, ailment please submit it using the form below including information about whether it works and problems/workarounds if any.

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Avast 7 Free to trick installerused Scimitar's trick at
Avast 7 Free
Avast 8 to trick installerused Scimitar's trick at
Avast for Business cloud based configuration management, certain add ons are not free, and potential privacy concerns.Freemium works OOB (tested on Windows Server 2012 R2)
Avast Free 2014 with Scimitar's permissions trick applied to the registry, the installer is still able to determine that Windows Server is the OS and that it is Server 2012 specifically and refuses to install as a result.None Currently
AVG Internet Security 2013www.avg.comnoRefuses to install, serial key is not accepted. Scimitar's trick (Avast) is not working.none
Avira Free Antivirus 2013 to trick installerExtract installer. Add setup.exe to Microsoft Application Verifier. Uncheck all tests except HighVersionLie. In HighVersionLie properties, set product type to 1. Then run setup.exe.
Avira Free Antivirus 2013 InstallerExtract installer. Add setup.exe to Microsoft Application Verifier, . Uncheck all tests except HighVersionLie. In HighVersionLie properties, set product type to 1. Then run setup.exe.
Avira Free Antivirus 2014 InstallerExtract installer. Add setup.exe to Microsoft Application Verifier, . Uncheck all tests except HighVersionLie. In HighVersionLie properties, set product type to 1. Then run setup.exe.
Baidu Antivirus 2013 os is not supported
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 will not run on server OS.Run the original setup on Win 7 or 8 and it will download the actual installer. Check the installer location using taskmgr and copy the installer folder to your server. Run the installer on server OS.
Bitdefender free
Comodo Firewall 6.3 fails.
Comodo Firewall 7 to install on server OSExtract installer, find "cis_setup_x##.msi" and open with Orca (part of Windows 8 SDK, ), browse to "LaunchCondition" and drop the condition with the description "COMODO Internet Security is not applicable for server OS", save and close Orca, install. Probably also works for older installers.
Comodo Firewall 7
Comodo Internet Security
Comodo Internet Security
comodo internet security 6.1www.comodo.comyesinstall comodo internet security 6.0 and update to 6.1
Emsisoft Anti-Malware
ESET Endpoint Security / ESET Endpoint Antivirus after install (HIPS start work after reboot)
Eset Smart Security 6 RC't installUse workaround as described for Smart Security 4 in Windows Server 2008 R2

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Security Software lists of the previous editions of Windows Server:
# Windows Server 2008 R2
# Windows Server 2008

Security Application Submission

16 Responses to “Security Software Compatibility”

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 starts the download of 9 files in total – can you please share which of these has the Microsoft Security Essentials?

    Also I have never used Unthreat – any feedback on it’s effectiveness?


    • If you download it from Softpedia, you only get one archive file. But if you took from it from Microsoft, look into the archive labeled ”ConfigMgr_SCEP_2012_SP1_CTP_7743”. After you unzip it, go inside the folder ”SMSSETUP”, then, inside it, in the folder ”CLIENT”. The installer file is SCEPInstall.
      Before discoverig SCEP (MSE), I found Unthreat to be compatible, but had a tendency to slow down the PC. I kept it only for a short period of time, one day or two, no viruses detected, but this does not mean that it is not effective.

  • Hi,

    on my Server Updates are not working. How have you solved this issue? Everytime when i click on update i get an error.
    Virus and Spyware definitions update failed 0x80070490
    I think there must be somthing changed in the GPO or in the registry to force Windows Update…but i’m not able to fix this and manually updates are not a solution…

    Wbr & thanks

    • If you refer only to this antivirus, take that achive, unzip it, go where I said and install. Do not move the installer file from the archive when you install, so that it will register with Microsoft Update and not be forced to install definitions manually (even if thoose are available on a search on the Microsoft website or on Softpedia).

  • I have downloaded the package and was following your steps but for me it is still not working :( Not able to download updates via MS Update….

    • Before uninstallation and reinstalation, have un run a registry cleaner, such CCleaner, Auslogics Registry Cleaner or TuneUp? Have you looked after reinstallation on the update tab of the SCEP to see when the last update took place? On my PC it updates itself automaticly, and this does not appear on the Windows Update list.

  • Lotusisrael,

    You are the man! I’ve wasted so much time trying to figure this out. Tried tricking MSE4 and other AV’s but it didn’t work. Eventually installed the SCEP client and it worked!

    Toda Ahi!

  • Make sure, if you SCEP client, that Windows Update is enabled and that no Group Policy disables Windows Update or Windows Defender. WD is not present on WS2012, but SCEP client uses the same service as WD, so you need that to be enabled. Go on Group Policy ( gpedit.msc ) on Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Windows Defender. In there, disable all the three „Turn Off” policies.

  • How to install in server 2012 Comodo Internet Security version 6.2(ERROR:Comodo Internet Security is not applicable server OS)

  • avast 8 fir server 2012 download

  • You guys should update the compatibility post, Avast 2014 works fine on Server 2012 :)

  • Hi,

    just tested the avira and it doesn’t work. i get to install the launcher, but when it tries to install the AV it still says that OS is not supported. I found where the downloaded .exe is (programdata folder), i changed also the HighVersionLie properties with the app verifier and it doesn’t work. I even changed the compatibility setting still it doesn’t worked. Any ideas on how to install it ?

  • Eset Smart Security 9 not working on WindowsServer 2012R2
    Claiming that “This product version is not intended for server operating systems”

    Used the workaround Orca-> ProductType from ess to essbe
    as well as deleted from launch conditions all conditions….

    what else can be done?? or what version did u install?

    thx alot

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