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Do I Have Too Many Security Programs?

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#1 shawnvw


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Posted 28 March 2008 - 10:44 AM

I suspect that one reason my computers are so slow lately is becasue I have more anti-virus and anti-spyware running in the background. On the other hand, these forums often recommend running more than one product. So, while I check everything on the "Slow Computer" topic here on BC, could someone tell me if I have more than I need?

On my desktop computer (Windows XP) I have:
McAfee Security Center AOL Edition (Firewall, Virus Protection, Spyware Protection, System Guard (vs unwanted changes), script scanning, E-mail and Instant Messaging scanning. It also tells me that I should installs McAfee on the laptop so that it can "monitor its protection status" through its Manage Network feature. I currently have Network Magic on both computers, which I think does the same thing.)
Iolo System Mechanic (Not currently running in the background)
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (Not running in background)
Windows Firewall

On my laptop computer (Windows XP Media Center) I have:
Norton Anti-Virus (Unsure if its running in background)
Norton SystemWorks (Unsure if its running in background)
Windows Defender
Iolo System Mechanic (Some parts running in the background)
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (Not running in background)
Windows Firewall

By the way, my friend tells me that my cable modem and/or router have a built-in firewall, so that I don't need one on the computers themselves. Is there a way to confirm that?

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