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Two AV's

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Jeff T., Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Jeff T.

    Jeff T. Flightless Bird

    Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed? I've got Avira
    premium installed and was thinking about installing Microsoft Security
    Essentials
     
  2. Bruce Hagen

    Bruce Hagen Flightless Bird

    "Jeff T." <jeftho@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:%23pMqOxIJLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed? I've got Avira
    > premium installed and was thinking about installing Microsoft Security
    > Essentials



    You do not want to have two AV programs running at the same time. They
    will conflict with each other.
    --
    Bruce Hagen
    MS-MVP [Mail]
    Imperial Beach, CA
     
  3. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Jeff T. wrote:
    > Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed?


    No.

    But it is problematic if they both *run* at the same time! So since AV
    programs are configured to always run in the background, you need to be
    careful. I would keep Avira and install ClamWin if you would like a
    second AV program. Make sure you also have anti-spyware programs
    installed. I personally recommend MalwareByte's AntiMalware and
    SUPERAntiSpyware.

    (Also remember to keep as secure as possible by installing the latest
    Windows security patches.)
     
  4. Anthony Buckland

    Anthony Buckland Flightless Bird

    "Jeff T." <jeftho@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:%23pMqOxIJLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed? I've got Avira
    > premium installed and was thinking about installing Microsoft Security
    > Essentials


    Pick one. Or pick two and have them interfere with one another,
    so that you're worse off than with one alone. If you have an antivirus
    installed and you don't trust it, why did you install it in the first place?
    This is like hiring a bodyguard and saying, "Cover my back!" and then
    looking behind you all the time to see if he's doing his job (and guess
    what's happening in front of you, where you weren't looking?).
     
  5. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Jeff

    It will conflict. Install one as resident and run all others on line after the
    resident finished. Make sure the online ones also run one at a time

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
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    "Jeff T." <jeftho@nospam.invalid> wrote in message
    news:%23pMqOxIJLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed? I've got Avira premium
    > installed and was thinking about installing Microsoft Security Essentials
    >
     
  6. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Why all that trash? Why not only MSE?.
    "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    news:-OvOK%23%23IJLHA.5668@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Jeff T. wrote:
    >> Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed?

    >
    > No.
    >
    > But it is problematic if they both *run* at the same time! So since AV
    > programs are configured to always run in the background, you need to be
    > careful. I would keep Avira and install ClamWin if you would like a second
    > AV program. Make sure you also have anti-spyware programs installed. I
    > personally recommend MalwareByte's AntiMalware and SUPERAntiSpyware.
    >
    > (Also remember to keep as secure as possible by installing the latest
    > Windows security patches.)
    >
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Only one AV app should be installed & loading at boot.

    Microsoft Security Essentials Support Forums
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/mse

    Can I install Microsoft Security Essentials [or any other
    anti-virus/anti-spyware application] to clean up my already-infected
    computer?
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msescan/thread/87058857-d181-4019-a723-efd9a49d9275



    Jeff T. wrote:
    > Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed? I've got Avira
    > premium installed and was thinking about installing Microsoft Security
    > Essentials
     
  8. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 15 Jul 2010 21:12:06 -0500, "Jeff T." <jeftho@nospam.invalid>
    wrote:

    > Does it hurt anything to have two Antivirus' installed?



    Yes. It's a *very* bad thing to do. They can conflict with other and
    they will hurt your performance.


    > I've got Avira
    > premium installed and was thinking about installing Microsoft Security
    > Essentials



    Both good choices, but you only need one of them.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     

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