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Is it possible for my paranoid thoughts to be a real concern?

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#1 bigbrown411


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 12:50 PM

I have a 2 year subscription to Webroot SecureAnywhere. I don't know how this happened. I was just watching a video on Youtube and then this thought popped in my head. I know, it doesn't make sense, but when I get a thought like this, I become VERY paranoid about it. So I would like some real answers, not troll answers. Is it possible for your anti-virus (free and paid) to create an error in anyway when backing up files on an external hard drive? Even if the data transfer is completed and all appears to be OK, is it possible when I try to transfer the files from 1 laptop that has Webroot SecureAnywhere installed on it to another laptop that doesn't have Webroot SecureAnywhere installed on it, the laptop that doesn't have Webroot SecureAnywhere installed on it won't recognize the external hard drive or something and my files will be lost? Again, I know this makes ZERO sense, but I'm kind of a paranoid person. I'd rather ask this ridiculous question and get answers from people who have experience in the world on computers vs being paranoid about this.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:02 PM

AV programs don't usually 'create' errors or error messages. If a file has beed scanned and found clean on the way in [during downloading] it may become infected while on the hard drive. It might also become corrupted in such a way that it looks like an infection to the AV program.
If you attach an external HDD to a laptop and boot the laptop it should recognize the drive is there and load the correct drivers so that you can use it. It shouldn't make any difference which AV program is present, or missing. The only time there will be conflicts and problems is when you have two different AV programs that are doing realtime scanning on the same system at the same time.
Not sure I've answered all of your questions or calmed all of your fears. If I've missed anything please repost as a single question or concern and I'll try again. Til then

Stay well and surf safe [stay protected]

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:05 PM

As dicke indicate, it's the operating system, Windows itself, that recognizes (or fails to recognize) external drives and devices...not security programs.
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