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Benefits to multiple spyware removal apps on a PC

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Stevef5, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. Stevef5

    Stevef5 Thread Starter

    Mar 16, 2005
    Are there benefits or drawbacks to having multiple spyware removal applications on a PC? For example, I am running XP Home with Norton Internet Security, Spybot Search and Destroy, Windows Defender, and Zone Alarm. Is there an unnecessary redundancy or is there a possibility there are variations in virus definitions in each app? Thanks.
  2. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Retired Moderator

    Mar 3, 2004
    Hi and welcome :)

    It is unwise to run 2 or more resident anti-spyware with protection enabled.
    It is fine to have hundreds of scanners installed but you should only have 1 resident protection.
    However Windows Defender seems to work quite well with all the others when active.
  3. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

    Jun 24, 2004
    Does "Internet Security" include a firewall? If it does, then it and "ZoneAlarm" should not be run concurrently. Likewise, there should not be more than one anti-virus program running.
    Of course, "Cheeseball" knows this but didn't cover these bases.
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