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Dual antivirus programms


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#1 Pankaj Mittal

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:26 AM

Is it advisable to use two antivirus programms simultaeneously (Nod32 & Avira)-Pankaj Mittal

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:40 AM

If you mean is it advisable to have two AV applications simultaneously providing real-time protection, then the accepted answer is no; both chugging along can interfere with one another causing conflicts, and can slow down your computer. It is possible, however, to have two on your computer's hard drive, with only one at a time providing real time protection; however, one must be on constant guard because often the "live" application will detect the other's virus definitions and propose to delete them. Lastly, the additional coverage provided by a second AV is not as wide as with anti-spyware applications where the variety of criteria is greater.
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#3 MilesAhead

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:32 PM

Instead of real-time protection often it's advisable to use Sandboxie instead. You can't use it on 64 bit but for 32 bit XP, Vista, W7(the latest Sandboxie beta) it's great. Run just the program(like your browser) in the sandbox instead of slowing down the whole system.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:30 PM

I do not recommend that you have more than one anti virus product installed and running on your computer at a time. The reason for this is that if both products have their automatic (Real-Time) protection switched on, then those products which do not encrypt the virus strings within them can cause other anti virus products to cause "false alarms". It can also lead to a clash as both products fight for access to files which are opened again this is the resident/automatic protection. In general terms, the two programs may conflict and cause:
1) False Alarms: When the anti virus software tells you that your PC has a virus when it actually doesn't.
2) System Performance Problems: Your system may lock up due to both products attempting to access the same file at the same time.

#5 sachin naik

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 12:37 AM

your security will get reduced by 30% in the background which you wont even notice




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