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Running multiple "spyware" programs


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#1 unix110011

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:07 PM

Hello everyone. Happy holidays.

I was curious to know if anyone could answer my question about running multiple spyware programs alongside my usual anti virus.

I am running an eMachines Windows 7 64-bit home premium with 4 gigs of ram. Its a pretty nice rig for the money and it does what i need rather quickly.

I am run comodo firewall and avast anti virus. They have served me well. I stay away from sites that might be bad for my machine and i dont open many email attachments, especially if i dont know who you are.

Anyway.....is it alright to run my firewall, avast AV, and maybe 1 or 2 other spyway programs, not anti virus program, as well? Or should I just fire up each program i have in my arsenal one by one? What do you guys do? Thanks!!

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#2 damnyank

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:25 PM

I am an oldie, but (hopefully) a goodie!

I have always been of the school that one AV and one Firewall is the way to go. I am also of the school that says only one real-time program running at a time. So more than one "on-demand scanner" is fine and as far as I am concerned is encouraged - although there are some who may disagree with me.

Edited by damnyank, 19 December 2010 - 08:27 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 10:04 PM

You can have as many antispyware programs as you want, but you shouldn't be running more than one in real time.
In real time: 1 AV, 1 firewall, 1 antispyware.
If you're more computer savvy and you play it safe, AV + firewall in real time should be enough.
Then, scan the computer once in a while with MBAM, or Superantispyware.
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 10:05 PM

AS mentioned above you can run your Comodo AV/firewall. One or 2 spyware tools,like Malwarebtyes and Superanispyware on demand.
One real time AV tho, One software firewall and one hardware firewall (the Router).
If needed you can also run an Online scan. there is a list here
Free Online Virus/Trojan/Spyware Scanners L@@K
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