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Posted 02 May 2011 - 05:47 AM
Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:20 AM
Using more than one anti-virus program is not advisable. Why? The primary concern with doing so is due to conflicts that can arise when they are running in real-time mode simultaneously and issues with Windows resource management. Even if one of them is disabled for use as a stand-alone scanner, it can affect the other and cause conflicts. Anti-virus software components insert themselves into the operating systems core and using more than one can cause instability, crash your computer, slow performance and waste system resources. When actively running in the background while connected to the Internet, they both may try to update their definition databases at the same time. As the programs compete for resources required to download the necessary files this often can result in sluggish system performance or unresponsive behavior.
I run MS Security Essentials and AVG - AVG expired a month ago and I had been debating whether to change to another supplier
Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no best anti-virus. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your needs. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software.
I assume the only way forward is to download an anti virus package from this pc (not yet infected) onto a usb stick and install it from there. Is this the way forward and which one should I chose.
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Edited by honeyrose, 02 May 2011 - 09:54 AM.
Posted 02 May 2011 - 10:10 AM
Please see the self-help guide: Remove XP Anti-Spyware 2011, Vista Security 2011, and Win 7 Internet Security 2011. Be sure to follow the instructions exactly as written using FixNCR.reg, RKill and then an immediate scan by Malwarebytes.
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