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Discussion in 'General Security' started by jschesser19, Apr 9, 2010.

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  1. jschesser19

    jschesser19 Thread Starter

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    is it a bad thing to have more than one AV program?
     
  2. Cheeseball81

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    There's no single anti-virus program that will catch all viruses or spyware. So there is a case to be made for having more than one. But if you do, you need to be careful because they can, and often do, interfere with each other.

    Most anti-virus programs operate in two modes:

    •Scan: the utility examines memory and files on disk for traces of malware. This involves actually examining the contents each file for things that "look like" viruses.

    •Monitor: often referred to as "real time" monitor, the anti virus program is continually running and scans files as they are downloaded to your machine, notifying you nearly immediately if the file you just received contains something that looks like a virus.

    There's nothing at all wrong periodically running an anti-virus scan with more than one anti-virus program. The key here is that it's just a scan - it starts, it scans, and then it's done. There's no opportunity to come in to conflict with another anti-virus program.

    Real time monitoring, on the other hand, is another story. When you install most anti-virus programs they often automatically install and enable their real-time monitors. Running two or more real-time anti-virus monitors at the same time is very likely to cause a conflict. That conflict could result in error messages, crashes of the anti-virus programs, or other types of failure.

    So it's certainly OK to have more than one anti-virus program installed, and it can make sense to run a scan using a different program from time to time, but you must make sure you only have one real-time monitor enabled at a time.

    "Running two or more real-time anti-virus monitors at the same time is very likely to cause a conflict."The simplest way to do so, as I mentioned earlier, is to rely on a single, good anti-virus program and make sure that its database of known viruses is continually being updated.
     
  3. jschesser19

    jschesser19 Thread Starter

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    thanks for all the info bc i have norton, avast, iobit360, malwarebytes, spybot, and advanced system care

    avast would have to be the monitor bc the avast icon stays in the bottom right hand side at all times
     
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    Are any of the others monitoring? Such as SpyBot's TeaTimer.
     
  5. jschesser19

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    when i log in i open task manager and end the teatimer service....although i should probly disable it
     
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