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To many Antivirus programs?

October 18, 2005 at 05:32:18
Specs: XP Home, 512

I search the board and couldn't find a answer to this question so I will ask here. Is it bad to have too many antivirus programs on your computer? I would like to have at least two programs on my computer for better protection. Some viruses may slip through one program but be caught by another. So is to many antivirus programs a bad thing? I am looking for a good free program with updates, please let me know which ones do you think are more successful against viruses. Thanks

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#1
October 18, 2005 at 05:35:14

You are asking for trouble by running more than one antivirus program at once.

You may not get very good antivirus protection from free programs.


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#2
October 18, 2005 at 05:52:36

No it's not a bad thing as long as you don't run them simultaneously. You can have as many AV programs as you like but for what? Nevertheless you can still get infected from what you do on the Net, what you download and install...especially those seemingly free programs.

i_XpUser


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#3
October 18, 2005 at 06:14:29

I recommend 1 AV and 1 firewall.


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.

M2


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#4
October 18, 2005 at 06:33:20

I would say like all the other posts ,just have one running on your system in real time.
This is a free one that does not work in real time so it wont clash with one you run in the backround it will scan when you tell it too.

http://www.bitdefender.com/PRODUCT-14-en--BitDefender-8-Free-Edition.html

good luck



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#5
October 18, 2005 at 06:41:57

"You may not get very good antivirus protection from free programs."

AVG free edition has consistently proven itself able to catch many viruses missed by both McAfee and Norton. Even if that were not the case, any anti-virus software is better than no protection at all.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#6
October 18, 2005 at 06:58:18

For protection I use an antivirus program and I make frequent backups of my primary partition with an imaging program.

This makes more sense than two antivirus programs. The imaging program gives an "undo" option.

Computer security is very important to me and the price of good antivirus and imaging software pales in comparison to the frustration of dealing with an infected computer.


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#7
October 18, 2005 at 07:10:14

Too Many AntiVirus programs will clash and you will have problems, If you want to go FREE,
Then try this, Bitdefender for AV, Sygate
firewall and spyware doctor, plus Adaware..
this is a good combo...

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#8
October 18, 2005 at 07:48:35

Thanks for your suggestions and advice. Does anyone use or know a good all in one program. I am looking for a program that can be a firewall, antivirus, spyware, spamware, popup blocker in one program. I am reading good things about Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite.

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#9
October 18, 2005 at 08:03:56

Trend Micro's PC-cillin has antivirus, firewall, and spyware functions that are superb.

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#10
October 18, 2005 at 10:32:13

Who knows how many is too much... I don't think their are experts in this field... but one thing is for sure, the more you have running, the slower your machine will be.

My personal opinion is that even one is too much. I've been on the net for at least 12 years no with antivirus... just a good hardware, and software firewall, a good spyware sniffer, and a little experience on what places NOT to goto and NOT to download... never had a problem

Heck, sometimes I even think it's the antivirus people creating the viruses just to sell more product.

(Just my opinion)


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#11
October 18, 2005 at 10:59:42

Hey blackbill you forgot to add and a better COMMON SENSE. to your testimony :-)

The AV vendors thrives on our fears!!

i_XpUser


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#12
October 18, 2005 at 11:32:13

"My personal opinion is that even one is too much. I've been on the net for at least 12 years no with antivirus... just a good hardware, and software firewall, a good spyware sniffer, and a little experience on what places NOT to goto and NOT to download... never had a problem"

The above implies false security and it should have an addendum or an important DISCLIAMER. For anyone who thinks they can replicate blackbills scenario, "DON'T TRY THIS ON YOUR SYSTEM. HE IS A PROFFESSIONAL PC USER IN A CLOSED CIRCUIT".

Lastly I'll say this again, it is NOT the antivirus program that protects you, it is the definition files. The majority of the people who ask for help on this forum have some sort of AV program already installed on their machines.

My sig is on sabbatical.


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