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#1 noah_1

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:48 PM

ive read many places that running 2 av softwares is problematic. does this include the 2 programs Adware and Spybot in the above "pinned" posts? can they be on ones pc while Avast or the like is running. it appears to me that they are not "real-time" av protection but just scanners. is this correct? and once using Combo Fix should i remove it? it does not show up in add/remove programs lists.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 04:48 PM

Hello. Use one AV (realtime)ftware firewall. You can have a couple anti spy/mal ware tools as spybot,adware,malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware are I prefer the last 2 over the first 2).

Remove Combofix now that you're done with it.
Click on your Start Menu, then Run....
Now type combofix /u in the runbox and click OK. Notice the space between the "x" and "/".


When shown the disclaimer, Select "2"
This will remove files/folders assoicated with combofix and uninstall it.

As a word of warning.. ComboFix is a tool that should only be run under the supervision of someone who has been trained in its use. Using it on your own can cause problems with your computer.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:44 PM

As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Windows Defender, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, Spyware Terminator, etc. will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using only one of them for real-time protection and others 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, competing tools may provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing as a result of the overlap in protection.

If using multiple 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. They may identify the activity of each other as suspicious and produce alerts. Further, your anti-virus may detect suspicious activity while these programs are scanning (reading) files, especially if it uses a heuristic scanning engine, regardless if they are running in real-time or on demand. The anti-virus may even detect as threats, any malware removed by these programs and placed into quarantined areas. This can lead to a repetitive cycle of endless alerts or false alarms that continually warn a threat has been found if the contents of the quarantine folder are not removed before beginning a new security scan.

Keep in mind that you can overkill a system with resource heavy security programs that will slow down performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combination for your particular system as there is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone.


mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products). Ad-Aware has even been placed into the Installers Hall of Shame for bundling and pre-checking Google Chrome during the installation. Also read Lavasoft Turning to the Dark Side? written by a former volunteer (now a MVP) who provided support for Ad-Aware but no longer uses the program.

As for Spybot S&D, most people don't understand how to use TeaTimer and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:59 PM

thanks for the info guys. i think i am supposed to indicate that the topic is closed as you have answered my question very thoroughly.

thanks again, noah

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:38 PM

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