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Is it safe to use mulitple anti-spyware programs on one pc?

by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 10, 2006 9:17 AM PST

I have read many reviews of different anti-spyware programs and many of them contradict each other at times. So I bought a few anti-spyware programs to see which one's are good or not. I like Spyware Doctor and Sunbelt Counter Spy the best so far. The next best I have to say is Webroot Spysweeper.

I also use Trend Micro Anti-spyware, CA Pestpatrol and Tenebril SpyCatcher and I don't like these as much as my top 3 picks.

My favorite free anti-spyware that I use is Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware SE.

What I notice is that after I use them one right after the other for a scan check of my pc, each one will find spyware/adaware/etc. that the other misses.

Anyway, is there any risk or danger in using multiple anti-spyware programs on one pc?

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Yes and No
by murrman / February 10, 2006 10:03 AM PST

Don't think you have to worry about having them all on your computer and using them.Some of these however will continually run in the background like your AV.So to avoid any possible conflicts, choose only one of your favourites to leave monitoring all the time.And while your here, any difficulties with spycatcher?.

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SpyCatcher pros and cons
by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 11, 2006 10:35 AM PST
In reply to: Yes and No

Yes, I have had lots of difficulty with Tenebril SpyCather and Ghost Surf Platinum 2006. When I first bought SpyCatcher alone, it wouldn't install properly until their great customer service helped me fix it. It worked great after this. But I later bought GhostSurf Platinum which created other problems that I did not have after I installed it. I like the anti-spyware program but for some reason, Tenebril's software is incompatible with my other anti-spyware programs For some reason. GhostSurf Platinum disabled my PC Tools Spyware Doctor and Registry Mechanic, and it disabled my Webroot SpySweeper and Windows Washer. My Windows XP also warned me that my pc had no anti-virus protection. But when I uninstal and remove Tenebril GhostSurf Platinum from my pc, I have none of the problems I mentioned above. Any ideas how I can use Tenebril GhostSurf Platinum wihtout any problems?

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Multiple Malware catchers and programs.
by redbellusa / February 12, 2006 11:25 PM PST

I am running XP Professional and it has its own set of quirks that could ( and have,) filled some books. This is my own experience. Panda, prior to some of the latest instantations, caught many things that slipped through the AV and Malware that Mindspring / Earthlink missed. Unfortunately, in its latest ( at the time that I quit using it both soho machines, it required a complete uninsatllation, registry editing, and a reinstallation each time either machine was restarted. ) Now I use CounterSpy and Trend Micro and they co-exist seemingly very well together. Lavasofts SE Professional worked very well, but Trend Micro warned against using it as it would prevent Trend Micro form updating properly. I have to turn off either to update the other, but I can live with that. Panda refused to admit that I had a problem so I dropped them like a hot rock. By itself, it seesms to be a good program, as do so many. None that I ahev used catch everything, but this combinations seems to work, so far. Good luck, for I suspect that it is in aprt, a machine dependent problem, in getting multiple anti-malware programs to co-exist. Cordially and somewhat confused by the whole problem, Red Bell

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Tenebril=good and bad
by eddiettr-2095273103116736 / February 24, 2006 12:21 AM PST

I tried tenebril, and upon running a scan, it found about 20+ 'suspicious programs', even though I use over 5 other spyware apps including search and destroy, ad-aware, and Windows Antispyware/Defender. However, the information it gives about them is completely wrong and it says that completely legit applications and services are spyware, and even gives a name of them! However, because it had a name, and detail of what it claimed the application does, I believed it. Whenm I went to the options, I even took the liberty of deleting the files, (not blocking or asking) as I didn't want them doing anything, and it seemed to 'know' that they were bad. Basically, they were very important windows files and I messed up my computer. So yes, Tenebril finds loads of 'bad' files, but no, they're not always bad.

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Which one should I run in the background.? Hard choice
by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 17, 2006 6:31 PM PST
In reply to: Yes and No

Thanks for the info. I don't know which to run in the background, maybe someone can suggest which one to run in the background?

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mmmm
by miching99 / February 17, 2006 11:44 PM PST

is oky.

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hUnh ???
by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 18, 2006 6:21 AM PST
In reply to: mmmm

???

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Is it safe? Anti-spyware using
by tallin / February 23, 2006 6:43 PM PST

I am running Windows XP/SP2. I have the following ant-spyware/malware installed.
Ewido Anti-malware
a-Squared
Microsoft Defender 2
Counterspy
Spybot search and destroy

Only two are active/scheduled, and they are Counterspy, and Defender 2. They are scheduled at 6pm and 7pm daily. My anti-virus is Grisoft AVG 7.0 (free) which is scheduled for 7pm at each day. The others I use at random. Each program finds something, one or two each day. None conflict with the other and my system is clear of all spyware and malware. I use PC DOC PRO 3.5 and CCCleaner on a regular basis. I have and run manually Registry Fix and Regseeker. That's it, hope it helps you all out there. One other thing I did this week was clone my entire computer with Nortons Ghost 10, onto an Internal Seagate Barracuda 160GB removable Hard Drive. Very impressed with it and it does incremental updates daily with a once a month entire update backup, all at 8pm on a Friday evening.

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USING MORE THAN ONE SPYWARE
by mine2luv / February 23, 2006 10:41 PM PST

HELLO, FOR MANY YEARS I USED MULTIPLE SPYWARE PROGRAMS. SPYBOT, ADAWARE, NOADAWARE, SPY DOCTOR,REGISTRY CLEANER,NORTON ANTI VIRUS AND ON AND ON...IVE TRIED THEM ALL
I HAVE SEEN HOW THEY CAN CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER. I HAVE ALSO SEEN HOW TO MANY PROGRAMS BOG DOWN YOUR COMPUTER AND CAN CAUSE MINOR PROBLEMS..THE PROGRAMS I MENTIONED ARE GOOD PROGRAMS LIKE THE OTHER PERSON MENTIONED EACH PROGRAM PICKS UP THINGS THE OTHER DOSNT. WHY??? I HAVENT A CLUE. YOU WOULD THINK ALL THE PROGRAMS WOULD BE SMART ENOUGH TO PICK UP ON THE SAME THINGS...ANY WAYS..MY POINT IS THIS...MY HUSBAND LOOKED AT THINGS ON THE COMPUTER **GRRR** THAT HE SHOULDNT HAVE AND IT WAS SLAMMED WITH TROGANS AND VIRUS'. IT COST ME 130. TO HAVE THE COMPUTER OVERHAULED. THE COMPUTER EXPERT TOLD ME THAT EVEN THO THE ABOVE PROGRAMS ARE GOOD THE BEST THING AND THE ONLY THINGS NEEDED ON THE COMPUTER ARE...1)NORTON SYSTENWORKS AND ANTIVIRUS..2)MIRCOSOFT ANTISPYWARE ..YOU CAN GET THIS AWESOME PROGRAM FREE AT THE MICROSOFT HOMEPAGE. IT IS BETA BUT MICROSOFT SHOULD BE KEEPING IT FREE. IT IS A 100% TRUSTWORTHY PROGRAM BECAUSE IT IS COMING FROM MICROSOFT. IT DOES NOT CONFLICT...3) SPYDOCTOR..STILL A GOOD PROGRAM...4) AOL SPYWARE...((BUT BUT BUT DO NOT USE THERE ENTIRE ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM IF U ALREADY HAVE NORTON ANTIVIRUS BECAUSE IT WILL CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER........SOMETIMES LESS IS BETTER...BE WIZE WHEN ON THE COMPUTER...NEVER OPEN EMAILS THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW, NEVER LOOK AT PORN ON THE COMPUTER, IT WILL KILL IT!, BE CAREFUL WITH MUSIC SHARE..SAFE-SHARE WWW.SAFESHARE.COM IS A TRUSTWORTHY SITE FOR DOWNLOADING MUSIC AND MOVIES AND STUFF, IT IS ABOUT 26.00 A YEAR FLAT RATE. THEY BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD WHAT YOU WANT OFF THE COMPUTER BUT BY LAW HAVE TO CHARGE YOU THE 26.00.........I HOPE I WAS OF HELP..LISA

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Lisa, your CAPS and shouting...
by glenn30 / February 23, 2006 11:12 PM PST

made your post unreadable so I made no effort to wade through it. All caps are extremely hard to read on a computer screen. No doubt good information was missed.

Glenn

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No caps
by tallin / February 24, 2006 4:01 AM PST

I agree Glenn, no need to shout at us. I didn't bother to read it either.

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Me Neither . . .
by ALonelyHeart / February 24, 2006 11:51 AM PST
In reply to: No caps

I hate when I see ALL CAPS! Do these people ever look over what they've written like that and see how hard it is to read? What an absolute waste of time and effort, cause I didn't read it either!

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Anti-virus Software
by pain_viande / February 23, 2006 10:46 PM PST

You should stick on a Anti-Spyware. They are almost all alike. Don't forget, that every time you delete a Program, you leave all kinds of files on your computer. Theire is a place called " Registry ". Everytime you delete something, you have files that stays in you Registy. And after a while, you will notice your computer is slower and slower. Its because the Registry is full of programs that you tried; and even if you go in your Add/remove program,thinking that you deleted you program, wrong some files will reside in your Registry. Almost all Anti-Spyware are good; and Anti Virus to. The best thing you can do, is to buy a well nown Anti-Virus, and a Anti-Spyware, and stick with it, In my case, i have Trend- Pc-Cillin since 1998, and never add any problem with it. I have a Anti-Spyware from Google, and it works fine. Like anything, if you try all kinds of Software or sharesare on the Net, and if you are not a experience User, you will end up clogging your computer so much, that you will be oblige to format it; because you will start having cross link prblems, and the computer will start running very slow. Good Luck

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Pain virande
by natalia / February 24, 2006 12:30 AM PST
In reply to: Anti-virus Software

For background running applications, I use Spyware Blaster as my first line of defence along with Spyware Guard, SpyCatcher and Microsoft Anti Spyware Beta.

I have the latest Spybot and Ad Aware SE editions as well.

In spite of running checks on the relevant ones, SpyCatcher continually picks up suspect codes the others don't detect. Admittedly the number of such codes tend to diminish every time I quarantine them, although you have to bear in mind between scans, old and/or new codes can download themselves again in the meantime.

Still, it's quite puzzling, that SpyCatcher seems to be the one application continually identifying sneaky malware considering the number of other security applications I've loaded onto my computer, as backup to my bought edition of Zone Alarm Antivirus.

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Use a registry cleaner
by tallin / February 24, 2006 12:15 PM PST
In reply to: Anti-virus Software

I take your point re clogging up the registry if you try all sorts of different programs, but I use two programs that I hope takes care of that for me. They are: Registry Fix and Regseeker. My computer does not slow up trying all types of software.

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security softwares conflicts!
by sarta2 / March 24, 2009 4:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Anti-virus Software

I have a norton security software. Lately,I tried to reinforce the security of my pc by adding an avg 8.5 download!.the program was installed but my pc was so slow and could not start for minutes with the screen freezing and the cursor hardly moving. The two programs were in a fight inside there man! which one could take over! However
norton detected a virus two days after the downloading of avg while avg did not.
I tried to uninstall avg which was very tricky to get off my pc and very demanding to get rid of it. Best advice stick to one security
software with updates! Good luck.

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Anti-virus Software
by pain_viande / February 23, 2006 10:48 PM PST

You should stick on a Anti-Spyware. They are almost all alike. Don't forget, that every time you delete a Program, you leave all kinds of files on your computer. Theire is a place called '' Registry ''. Everytime you delete something, you have files that stays in you Registy. And after a while, you will notice your computer is slower and slower. Its because the Registry is full of programs that you tried; and even if you go in your Add/remove program,thinking that you deleted you program, wrong some files will reside in your Registry. Almost all Anti-Spyware are good; and Anti Virus to. The best thing you can do, is to buy a well nown Anti-Virus, and a Anti-Spyware, and stick with it, In my case, i have Trend- Pc-Cillin since 1998, and never add any problem with it. I have a Anti-Spyware from Google, and it works fine. Like anything, if you try all kinds of Software or sharesare on the Net, and if you are not a experience User, you will end up clogging your computer so much, that you will be oblige to format it; because you will start having cross link prblems, and the computer will start running very slow. Good Luck

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Stop spyware from loading
by Jerry747 / February 24, 2006 1:56 AM PST

I have ad-aware, spybot and pc-cillin security suite '06 on my system with all three always on and have had no problems. The greatest little program I've found though is SpywareBlaster, a freebee, whose only function is to prevent spyware from loading in the first place. Before I had it, scans with the three programs mentioned always turned up a few baddies. With SpywareBlaster installed scans rarely ever detect anything. It runs in the background and requires nothing from the user except the occasional update. It's a great addition to system security.

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Jerry, you said it well...
by glenn30 / February 24, 2006 2:31 AM PST

If given only one choice for an anti-spyware product, SpywareBlaster would be it.

Glenn

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Absolutely right!
by gamer1 / February 27, 2006 1:47 PM PST

Spywareblaster does not seem to conflict with other anti-spyware programs and does a good job of preventing spyware infections in the first place. I also immunized my PC with Spybot Search & Destroy and Spyware Doctor. None of these three programs seem to conflict with each other. Now I never get adware/spyware except in the form of cookies( which are easly controlled with CookieJar) or temporarary files, which are also easily deleted. This is fantastic because my spyware problems seem to be over(YES!) Just keep them updated.

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I have 3 spyware programs
by abilone71 / February 24, 2006 7:04 AM PST

I have Spybot, Microsoft Anti-Spyware, plus Norton. The first two were free and I pay for Norton. I have had no problems with any interfering with the other and no spy problems. Norton offerred two rebates if you purchased their 2006 version. I sent in the rebates with all info attached. They informed me I didn't sent in the right infor so they wouldn't send me the $10.00 either. I wrote them I had Staples look them over before I sent and if they denied me I would report to Better Business Bureau. Strange, I got an e-mail next day saying they had made an error and I would get both. I got $20 they didn't get to pocket.I don't know what company Norton uses but I feel it is a scam. Abilone

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Other Free anti-junk programs I'm currently testing on my pc
by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 24, 2006 12:04 PM PST

I recently installed a few free anti-spyware programs.

So far I love the free trail version of Ewido which is anti-malware (Hijackers and Spyware, Worms, Dialers, Trojans). I have to say I haven't been impressed for a long time with a free product since I last installed SpyBot S&D and Spyware Blaster which was a long time ago. I don't use the Process Guard because I read that it takes up to much pc resources and slows the pc down, but that the scanner and manual updates are still available for use after the trial expires.

I'm also currently testing Bazooka Scanner, CCleaner and Mailwasher. I read that these were good freebies for PC protection, performance, etc. so I'm going to try them and later decide for myself if these claims are true or false.

Anyway, feedback, opinions, suggestions about the FREE anti-spyware/malware/etc. programs I listed above and if you know of other good ones to recommend or dangerous ones I should avoid is definitely welcome here.

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Some rogues anti-spyware programs are spyware
by gamer1 / February 27, 2006 2:09 PM PST

Go to this website: Spyware Warrior; there you will find lists of rogue anti-spyware programs which do more evil than good. There are only a handful of good ones. I had problems with Microsoft Anti-spyware crashing, so now I use Spyware Doctor which I think is the best. It's free to use and will protect your computer but you'll have to buy it to remove the spyware, but that can be done by editing the registry manually. I know, that can be dangerous if you're not careful, but it is effective. I plan on buying it because it is really good. Webroot Spysweeper is too slow, in my opinion and is not free. There aren't a lot of good free anti-spyware programs. Ad-aware and Spybot S&D are the best free programs.

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I USED SMALLER CAPS...YOU ALL CAN READ IT NOW..GEEZ
by mine2luv / February 24, 2006 2:14 PM PST

hello, for many years i used multiple anti spyware programs. spy doctor, registry doctor, adaware, no adaware, spybot and so on plus my norton anti virus.
i can see how they conflict with each other. i have also seen how too many programs working can cause slow startup and also bog down your computer and cause minor problems.the programs i mentioned are good programs like the other perrson mentioned each one picks up things the other programs miss.why they all dont pick up on the same things is beyond me.you would think these good programs would be smart enough to pick up on the same problems. but they dont.
anyways...my point is this..my husband was on a porn site..grrr...and basically destroyed the computer. it cost 135.00 have it redone, it was so messed up i couldnt do it by myself.
the computer guys all told me that even tho the above programs are very good but not all needed......they told me microsoft anti spyware (((free))) www.microsoft.com and norton antivirus and even using the aol program is enough. clean out your registry every week, clean out your temp files, run a virus check every week and it is enough..i did what they said and my computer has been great. it dosnt bog down anymore, the startup is faster.plus you can trust putting microsoft software in your computer.dont download the entire aol protection program if you already have a program like macafee or norton because it will conflict. ..basically this is what i wrote above in caps....sorry guys...no need to be so snippy..

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Windows Defender isn't free if we paid for...
by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 24, 2006 4:24 PM PST

Microsoft XP Pro + sp2. SO technically we have paid to have Windows Defender. Since it is fairly new, I can't say if its good as other free or paid antispyware programs out there, but I can say the its previous version Microsoft Antispyware Beta did not catch most or all spyware on my pc...whatever it missed my other anti-spyware programs picked up the trash that MS Antispyware didn't.

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True
by eddiettr-2095273103116736 / February 24, 2006 4:48 PM PST

That's a good point, we have paid for xp (although SP2 is a free download for it). Microsoft Antispyware hasn't actually found anything on my computer, but other programs such as Ad-aware and Spybot nearly always find tracking cookies, and sometimes more. Howver, I like it for it's alerts when it detects changes to the startup log, hosts file, etc. That part's quite useful.

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The Best spyware and adaware program is Spy Sweeper!!
by dondebeaumont / February 26, 2006 1:07 AM PST

The best program out there that I used so far would be Spy Sweeper. It blocks all the spyware and adaware that I come across with. It costs money to get but its like $30. I got mine at best buy. It worth getting if you want to have your computer free of spyware and also adaware. I find nothing wrong with this program at all. I definally recommend it to all.


-Joel

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Spy Sweeper cannot be the best if it does not remove spyware
by maranho / February 26, 2006 5:01 AM PST

I ran a sweep with Spy Sweeper and made note of the spyware it identified and removed. Another sweep was run using Ad Aware which identified the very same spyware the Spy Sweeper had supposedly removed.

Spy Sweeper cannot be the best with this activity.
I use Ad Aware, Spy Sweeper and Spybot Search and Destroy to keep on top of the problem. What is frustrating, is that I am a paid subscriber to Spy Sweeper.

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SO WHAT IS THE BEST?
by mine2luv / February 26, 2006 2:26 PM PST

Hello,ok...lots of us are doing the same experiment..trying out all the suppositly good anti spyware..we mix em up..use one..use all or use two...what we do know is most do not pick up everything....has anybody yet found a program that picks up everything? is it possible? or is it one of those mysteries left to us along with nessy and bigfoot...can anyone solve the mystery??? hmmmmmmm. the world may never know...if YOU know tell ussssss...
thank you and goodnight...lisa

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There's not a single best anti-spy program yet...
by DUKESofHAZZARD / February 26, 2006 3:45 PM PST
In reply to: SO WHAT IS THE BEST?

so that's why its good to use free or paid multiple anti-spy programs that have a good reputation which is like having an army to defend protect your pc.

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