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Managing AntiVirus and Anti-Malware Program


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#1 chinedu

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:18 AM

Hi,
My name is Chinedu and I am new to the forum. I have a question - Is it ok to run Anti Virus program like AVG 2011 and an Anti-malware program like malwarebytes together?????.

Edited by hamluis, 07 July 2011 - 09:30 AM.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:25 AM

Hi
i would think the answer to that question is yes
but i would like to see what someone more learned would say
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:27 AM

Hello: Yes it is ok. The Malwarebytes Product is designed to be a supplement to your Antivirus, and run in addition to your Antivirus.
Feel free to ignore my comment, just another user !

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:04 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. Generally these conflicts are more of an annoyance rather than the significant conflicts which occur when running two anti-virus programs in real time.

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.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 09:11 PM

BTW, if any conflicts between Malwarebytes and another security program are reported, suggested solutions are usually provided in the Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, FAQs thread. I know and have worked with some members of the research team so I can attest that they make every effort to resolve issues as quickly as possible.
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