Running multiple Antivirus programs simultaneously

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by leedogg, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

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    I'm running AVG antivirus and Norton Anti. Is this bad? Why would it be bad to have 2 virus checkers at the same time?
     
  2. PC-Dude

    PC-Dude Guest

    Other than slowing down your system I can't see any harm it would do. :)
     
  3. allan

    allan Guest

    1) What's the point? One top notch AV will do the job (NAV is my choice)
    2) Using both will require a heavy resource load (again, for no good reason)
    3) Potential conflicts may arise

    It's your system - do as you will.
     
  4. Goldy

    Goldy Guest

    :confused: WHY:confused:

    I'm with Allan on this one. 2 AV progs, I reluctantly have 1.
     
  5. PC-Dude

    PC-Dude Guest

    I hate to have to run NAV let alone another AV Program at the same time. But other than the system resources load it would generate, I really doubht it would cause any harm.
     
  6. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

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    I remember once back in college I had both norton and mcaffee running. I forget which did which, but there was a certain virus floating around at the time (chernoble?) and one of these av's would detect it but couldnt clean it, the other could clean it but couldnt detect it...??? So I had to use both in tandem. That was a pain. Even now I'm a little paranoid because AVG picks up things that Norton doesnt even catch a wiff of...

    I've been warned that having 2 av's can be a nono, and I was wondering why...
     
  7. shiatsu

    shiatsu OSNN Addict

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    I tried running AVG and McAfee at the same time but they would not play ball. It took ages to boot up the PC and AVG would disable the McAfee memory-resident scanner as soon as it loaded.

    I then tried setting up AVG for disc scanning only (with it's memory-resident module disabled) but they still clashed. I did manage to get Avast32 running on the same machine as McAfee but had to set it up for on-demand disc scanning only. The main problem seem to arise if you try to have two memory-resident AV scanners running together.

    Alan
     
  8. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    I'd aslo go with one. Plenty good enough for me. ;)
     
  9. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    Unless you are really paranoid there is no need to run two(2) AV proggies simultaneously. Pick one(1) and be happy. :)

    Plus some of those AV proggies out there may have memory-resident modules that may clash with the other AV Program and then nothing gets done and it's as if you had no AV at all.