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antivirus programs together

by mish1010 / April 6, 2010 12:20 AM PDT

I have norton 360 3.0 installed and I just recently installed pc tools spyware dr. 2010. Since my computer will not fully load. I uninstalled spyware dr and it is fine. Is there anyway to be able to have both programs together with no conflicts?


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Re: A/V Programs Together
by Carol~ Forum moderator / April 6, 2010 3:35 AM PDT


If you originally had PC Tool's Spyware Doctor 2010 (with their A/V included) it's best to either keep Norton 360, or Spyware Doctor. Not both. Have a look at PC Tool's Spyware Doctor Forum, where the same question has been asked, in regard to Norton 360 and other A/V software. You'll see where it's not recommended.

Best of luck..

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a/v programs together
by mish1010 / April 6, 2010 7:02 AM PDT

I do see that both the norton 360 and spyware dr 2010 have antivirus that dont play together. Now can i have spyware dr without the antivirus and the norton? I love spyware dr and had mcAfree before that never picked up anything but spyware dr did so. would like to try to keep it if there is a way around it. Or maybe norton has a internet/firewall program without the anitvirus. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Norton 360 and Spyware Doctor
by Carol~ Forum moderator / April 6, 2010 8:41 AM PDT
In reply to: a/v programs together


As much as I don't think it's a good idea, I did try to find user's, who were able to successfully run the two concurrently. I searched through threads at the PC Tools and Norton Community Forum's.

I see you (just recently) posted at the PC Tools forum. Hopefully, you'll get the answer your looking for. In the meantime, have a look at these threads.

" Major Confict With Norton 360 " - Read ALL 3 pages of the thread.

"Question about compatability of Adware/Spyware removal programs" - Specifically, note this post.

I found the majority of user's, who tried disabling the A/V component of Spyware Doctor, were still experiencing problems. Sad

Lastly. When you removed McAfee from your system, did you use the McAfee Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR.exe) ? If not, I would suggest doing so. McAfee products tend to leave a lot of leftover (unwanted) files.

I sincerely hope, you get the help you're looking for, at the PC Tool's forum.

Best of luck..

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Firewall/Internet Security
by mish1010 / April 6, 2010 11:05 AM PDT

I did a clean install of windows 7 64 bit then did the norton all my programs and lasly spyware doctor which I figured was conflicting with Norton. I love Spyware Doctor but I wanted that and was also looking for the best firewall/internet security protection. After all the reviews I went with Norton 360. Now I am reading reviews again and they say it is no good etc. Can anyone recommend a really good firewall/internet security program that will work with spyware doctor?

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by mish1010 / April 7, 2010 1:55 AM PDT

Does anyone know if bit defender or Eset are good firewalls?

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Firewalls and Spyware Doctor
by Carol~ Forum moderator / April 7, 2010 3:28 AM PDT
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One thing you know for sure is that you "love" and want to keep Spyware Doctor. I would think those who continue to answer your questions at the PC Tools forum, would know best, what's compatible with SD and Win 7. Hopefully, they will respond to your post, where you asked about the ESET and BD firewall's.

You also have the option of trying PC Tools free firewall, as they suggested. FWIW .. here's a recent review of free firewalls for Windows 7. Whether they're compatible with SD, I don't know.

As you found out with Norton, you may not be able to rely on reviews. It may be a matter of trying a couple, to see what you're comfortable with. The choice will be yours in the end.


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by mish1010 / April 7, 2010 5:06 AM PDT

Thank you so much carol for all your help on this. I am going to try Kaspersky and take it from there. No matter which site i went to many recommend that one and good customer reviews. Pc tools firewal has issues with windows 7. I know Norton isn't compatible with spyware dr but even alone it seems to bog down my system.

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(NT) You're welcome, "mish". Good luck with it!
by Carol~ Forum moderator / April 7, 2010 5:23 AM PDT
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