Benefits to multiple spyware removal apps on a PC

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Stevef5

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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.
 

Cheeseball81

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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.
 

redoak

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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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