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Mixing AV Software with other Products


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#1 JForester

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 10:19 PM

I run the latest version of Zonealarm Security Suite (ZASS), and do virus/spyware definition updates daily.
I am still battling a virus/malware infection.

Is it enough to run just Zonealarm. It is supposed to be Firewall, AV, Anti-spyware, etc. all rolled into one.
I always read that it isn't good to run any other protection with another protection software because they will conflict.

But, here I am having problems. Is there something that can run in conjunction with ZASS and provide better protection without conflicts? Just wondering?
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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:07 AM

ZONEALARM Security Suite Features

antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection for your PC


No single product is 100% foolproof and can detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using them as stand-alone scanners. In fact, doing so increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. The overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware. However, if using any of their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, MBAM Protection Module, Spyware Terminator Shields, etc) together at the same time, there can be conflicts when each application tries to compete for resources and exclusive rights to perform an action. Additionally, competing tools may even provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing. Keep in mind that you can overkill a system with resource heavy security programs that will slow down performance.
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