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is it okay to use two anti-virus protectors/scanners? - January 1st 2011, 04:49 PM

I've heard before it's not really good for the computer. At the moment I'm using Avast and Windows Security Essentials, is that fine?


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Re: is it okay to use two anti-virus protectors/scanners? - January 1st 2011, 11:21 PM

What you heard is correct. It's best not to use multiple anti-virus scanners, as they are low level applications, and often conflict with each other. Microsoft Security Essentials is fine, as a free protector. If you're after a great paid one, NOD32 is my pick.
   
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Re: is it okay to use two anti-virus protectors/scanners? - January 1st 2011, 11:55 PM

Yeah, it's not really healthy.
   
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Re: is it okay to use two anti-virus protectors/scanners? - January 7th 2011, 12:00 AM

It's fine to have two antivirus on your computer.
It's not fine to have both of them active at the same time.

When one is on, the other needs to be off. Else, they may interfere with each other. Of course, if you want to run both at once, go for it. It's entirely your choice; it's just not recommended.

Personally, I would suggest you to remove one of them.
  • Avast performed slightly better at on-demand detection test, but Microsoft Essential is better than detecting new or unknown malwares. Both have their own pros and cons, just go with whichever you want.

    (Information deprived from AV Comparatives, a reputable organization that provide independent antimalware program tests.)

And then install an antispyware-specific program, such as SuperAntispyware or Malwarebytes (both are free). It's a good practice to scan your computer with them once in a while, together with your main antimalware program. Remember to keep your Firewall and common sense on, too, of course.
   
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Re: is it okay to use two anti-virus protectors/scanners? - January 7th 2011, 01:23 AM

avast! is much better than Windows Security Essentials.

And I would recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Not because I was once on a first name basis with the developer or anything, but because I've seen it in action and it kicks butt. Big time. I'm serious. :P

There was a really funny thread on a computer virus forum I used to help out at (I can't find it anymore) that described someone that installed and turned on both McAfee and Norton on a virtual machine back in 2003 or something. They ended up detecting each other as viruses, trying to "repair" each other, and basically all sorts of hell broke loose.

The moral of the story: use only one AV. :P


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Re: is it okay to use two anti-virus protectors/scanners? - January 7th 2011, 10:58 AM

Thanks guys I just turned Windows Security off


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