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Anti-spyware redundancy?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by MurasakiGrrl, Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. MurasakiGrrl

    MurasakiGrrl Thread Starter

    Jan 17, 2004
    I was wondering if there is such a thing as having too many anti-spyware apps? I'm really addressing the issue of redundancy, especially as to Windows Defender. It has come up clean every time I run its spyware check, but often Ad-aware and AVG anti-spyware (formerly ewido) will catch a (usually minor) piece of spyware. I guess what I am really asking is: Do I still need Windows Defender with my other security apps? And, while I'm asking about security, should I turn off the XP firewall as long as I have Agnitum Outpost running?

    Windows XP Home, FF 2
    Anti-Spyware: Windows Defender
    Ad-Aware SE Personal
    AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5
    Spybot Search and Destroy
    Spyware Guard
    Spyware Blaster
    Anti-Virus: AVG Free
    Firewall: Outpost 1.0
    Microsoft Firewall
  2. mattice06082


    May 4, 2006
    The free version of Ad-Aware and AVG Anti-Spyware do not provide active monitoring, they only scan when you ask them to. I believe Windows Defender does actively scan so it would seem to be a great complement to the other two. However, you don't need more than one firewall. I don't know about Agnitum Outpost, but the Windows firewall only monitors traffic entering your computer so I'd turn it off.
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