Will having too many antivirus programs be bad?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by evilmonk, Jul 13, 2007.

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  1. evilmonk

    evilmonk Notebook Enthusiast

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    Currently I've installed zonealarm firewall, avg, avast, and spyware doctor on my notebook. The question i have is whether having all of them installed interfere with each other making things worse OR will it add protection to my computer as i thought?

    Also after i updated to the new version of zonealarm, i having not gotten a single intrustion block. Normally i would be bombarded with intrusion blocks, so is there something wrong or is the new update that gd?
     
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    blackmamba Notebook Evangelist

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    I have all of what you have and even more. I run zonealarm and avast simultaneously without any problems. The rest, I just do a manual scan individually at the end of the week instead of having them run all at once. Hasn't caused any problems here.
     
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    Just make sure they aren't set to scan automatically together. Multiple AV scanners together can cause major performance problems, as well as possibly crashing or malfunctioning.
     
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    You shouldn't be running the real-time protection of both AVG and Avast at once. Having one firewall, anti-spyware, and antivirus running simultaneously is fine, but you shouldn't have 2 of anything running at the same time.
     
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    av software and firewalls aren't like web browsers and media players. you should only run one per computer. pick an avg, pick a firewall, and stick to them. running multiples is a good way to a.) crash your computer, and b.) completely block your internet connection.
     
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    thanks for all the replies...but could anyone answer my question about not getting a single intrusion in Zonealarm?
     
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    if it's like the beta, it's because you selected a setting telling zonealarm to automatically manage that stuff during setup.
     
  8. Sam

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    It could be the sites you reguarly visit aren't as dangerous now, or ZoneAlarm is better (and won't make a big deal about doing its job right). I run Norton Antivirus 2007 on my PC (not my choice! Just forced to use it :p) and I never get any popups telling me "We were so great, we caught a virus and blocked us! Applause please!" :p. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    It's overkill if you have lots of antivirus/firewalls running. Might actually do more harm due to potential conflicts. Wouldn't it be funny if each programs detects the others as viruses!
     
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    Trend Micro: "We have detected a threat to your personal security/our wallets and we took the courtesy to disable Norton for you" :p

    I thought running a new AV program required you to disable the other one, doesn't it? That's why I never "try out" Trend Micro, because I'd have to disable Norton.
     
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