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Should I password protect my antivirus?


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#1 scags

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:55 PM

Most AV products have the ability to password protect the settings but does it add any security?  I'm not worried about another person physically accessing my computer so is it really worth my time?



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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:01 PM

Well since some viruses completely disable AV programs from running, I doubt a password would help unless it has to go though the password first and then hit the AV product. But overall, it's really your call. Your computer, your choices.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:09 PM

Antivirus password protection is primarily intended to prevent unauthorized users (another family member, kids, friends) from making changes to program settings, prevent uninstallation or disabling real-time protection.

So yes...it adds to security.
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:06 AM

In the past there was malware that would send specific keypresses and other events to Windows to disable AV via the GUI.

This can be prevented with a password.

 

Not sure if modern malware still uses this trick.


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