Good to run more than 1 anti-virus program?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by sleepy35758, Oct 21, 2007.

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  1. sleepy35758

    sleepy35758 Notebook Consultant

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    I am currently using Norton 360 and I'm wondering if it would be good to install in addittion to this program other anti-virus programs such as Spybot and Ad-Aware or would installing these anti-virus progams just slow down my computer?
     
  2. Crimsonman

    Crimsonman Ex NBR member :cry:

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    No, its not, its like having two wives and they know about each other
     
  3. bmwrob

    bmwrob Notebook Virtuoso

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    :D :D :D

    Damn, I knew it was bad, but had no idea . . . :eek:
     
  4. Crimsonman

    Crimsonman Ex NBR member :cry:

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    It proves a point.
     
  5. daniel_g

    daniel_g Notebook Consultant

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    However, I thought spybot, and ad-aware were just spyware killers, not anti-virus.

    For all I know, having multiple anti-spyware software is OK(I used to have both Ad-Aware, and Spybot on my old machine with no problems), but can anyone confirm?

    BTW, Ad-Aware, and Spybot do not run on the background, they are just scanners that you should use if you think you got spyware installed, so they won't slow down the computer(this is only true on the freeware versions, on the premium ones you do have to option to have real time scanning).
     
  6. Evolution

    Evolution Vox Sola

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    Correct spybot, ad-aware etc are NOT any form of anti virus and thus are okay to install even if you have norton installed. However do not install for instance trend micro, kaspersky or avast etc as these are anti virus solutions and should not be installed if you have norton already installed.
     
  7. AKAJohnDoe

    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    My usual AV is Avast! (free), but I install and run a-Squared (free) now and again. Other security type software in use is described on my website.
     
  8. swarmer

    swarmer beep beep

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    I'd limit it to one resident (real-time) antivirus and at most one resident anti-spyware program.

    But it's fine to keep other AV programs around and not run them in resident mode and just scan your hard drive with them once in a while.
     
  9. Voodoofreak

    Voodoofreak Notebook Deity

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    Rep for using the perfect analogy to explain that....lol!
     
  10. planet_vikram

    planet_vikram Notebook Evangelist

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    Good analogy....:) Rep+ for that !!
     
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