Is it okay to have 2 anti-virus progs running at same time

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Monty, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. Monty

    Monty Guest

    My new laptop had AVG installed on it. I have subcribed to BT and they have
    provided me with McAfee. Is it okay to have both operating.

    Monty, Aug 23, 2003
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    °Mike° Guest

    "Running at the same time", no. You should always rely on more
    than one antivirus solution, but only ever have one as a resident
    scanner. Use any other/s as "on demand" only, otherwise you
    risk conflicts, with unpredictable results.
    °Mike°, Aug 23, 2003
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    Ionizer Guest

    Two (of many) relevant links:

    Symantec: "Having
    more than one antivirus program active in memory uses additional resources
    and can result in program conflicts and false virus alerts."

    Panda: "It gets along
    with other antivirus software." Although they also add this: "Putting two
    such (antivirus) programs on the same machine is usually a recipe for
    disaster. Each interprets the other program's scanning as a possible virus

    That said, I successfully had Norton and McAfee installed and updated on the
    same W98 machine for over two years- but I only had Norton set to start with
    Windows and run in the background. I kept the McAfee dormant and only used
    it for on-demand scans. I think that's the key: only have one of them
    running full-time in the background.

    Ionizer, Aug 23, 2003
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    MudBone Guest

    You can _USE_ more than one AV to run scans independantly but _DO_ _NOT_
    have more than one _ACTIVE_.
    MudBone, Aug 23, 2003
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    Jan Guest>,
    You can _USE_ more than one AV to run scans independantly but _DO_ _NOT_
    have more than one _ACTIVE_.

    I have AVG and E-Trust running plus Zone Alarm and Sygate - what's the problem? I have never
    had a virus yet. I also use Mailwasher and scan all incoming attachments.
    Jan, Aug 24, 2003
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