Which Metadefender Endpoint should I use?

Windows and Mac:

Managed devices should use the persistent client, while guest devices can use either the persistent or the on demand client.

(The phrase 'on demand' may be used interchangeably with 'portable' or 'dissolvable'). 

The persistent Metadefender Endpoint is designed to remain running on the users' device after installation.

By comparison, the on demand client is only run when needed. If exited, or if the device is restarted, the client will not automatically start.

Typical uses for the portable client are:

  • Bundling with a NAC or SSL-VPN host checker for on-demand compliance checks
  • A device where software installation is not allowed
  • BYOD access, like a guest, contractor, student or employee's personal laptop

Permissions concerns

There are two versions of the Metadefender Endpoint on demand. One requires UAC, the other does not. Running the non-UAC client without admin rights will have a degraded experience. Namely the malware deep scanning option will be limited and some application detection will be less accurate. For example, BitLocker disk encryption state cannot be checked from a portable non-admin instance.

Linux:

The pre-compiled Metadefender Endpoint for Linux offers advantages like auto-update, anti-virus and personal firewall monitoring that are not available in the open-source Linux agent. There is no portable Metadefender Endpoint for Linux available yet.

Android:

Metadefender Endpoint for Android is available on the Google Play Store.

iOS:

Metadefender Endpoint for iOS is available on the Apple Store.

Additional notes: 

There are technical differences to take into consideration when deciding which client to use. Below is a table highlighting the primary differences between the various Metadefender Endpoints that are available:

indicates that the function is available
- indicates that the function is NOT available

Metadefender Endpoint Version Comparison Windows and Mac

 

Windows

Macintosh

 

Persistent

On Demand

Persistent

On Demand

OESIS Framework

V4

V4

V4

V4

      Detection

   •    

      Manageability

 

Limited

 

Limited

      Vulnerability

 •

Roadmap

 •

Roadmap

      Application Removal

 •

Roadmap

 •

Roadmap

Installation

Required

-

Required

-

Package Format

MSI

EXE

DMG

ZIP

LOCAL APIs

 

 

 

 

      COM (C++/C#/VBScript)

 •  •  -  -

      Registry or .plist

 •  •  •  •

      Cookie

 •  • Roadmap Roadmap

      Client certificate 

 •  •  •  •

      Cross-domain API

 •  -  •  -

Malware Detection

 •  •  •  •

Malware Engines

13¹

13¹

13¹

13¹

User Interface

 

 

 

 

      Command Line

 -

 •

 -

 •

Automatic Updates

 •

 -

 •

 -

Rebrandable

 •

 Roadmap

 •

 Roadmap

Application Context

System

User

System

User

Default Behavior

Persistent

Semi-Persistent³

Persistent

Semi-Persistent³

Run-Once Option

 -

 •

 -

 •

Infection Detection

 •  •  •

 •

 

¹ For demo purposes, only commercial engines are available. Please check our knowledge base article about how you can add more engines to your Infections module.

² Guest app has a system tray icon to indicate running status, and can be closed with a right-click menu

³ By default, once executed, it will keep running until closed

 

This article applies to Metadefender Endpoint Management product.
This article was last updated on 2016-11-11.
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