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Running 2 AntiVirus programs ... A tip.

by Brent Welch / April 3, 2006 10:43 AM PDT

Although it is not recommended that a person has more than 1 anti-virus program running at the same time, some people like to have the sense of security that a second AV program may provide.

The solution that I've been using for the past few months, in addition to my AVG running real-time protection on my machine, has been to also install ClamWin Free Antivirus.

ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner, so you need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware.

After installing this program, it places a small icon in your system tray that allows you complete control of the program, enables automatic daily updating, and scheduled scanning. The program also integrates with the Windows Explorer context menu, allowing manual scanning of downloads, and other files/folders.

Manual scans that I've run, appear to be very thorough and can take a long time depending on how many files you have to scan. The only problem that I've found is a false positive on the database for the Panda Activescan on-line scanner, (as does Avast antivirus). Note that this may also be true if you are running Panda AV as your primary real-time anti-virus program.

For those interested, more information and download is available here.

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Great tip Brent!
by Donna Buenaventura / April 3, 2006 4:53 PM PDT

Thanks for sharing it.

I'm also using on-demand scanner.

I'm using Dr.Web Anti-virus plug-in for Mozilla, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. The plug-in will scan any link to a page before it is opened, or any file before it is downloaded onto a hard-disk. The scanning for viruses is done on the servers of the Global updating system of the Dr.Web.

Also using Dr.Web CureIT, it's also an on-demand scanner only. Scan is done in the hard-disk (not their server) using the Dr.Web scan engine.

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RE: DrWeb
by WOODS-HICK / April 5, 2006 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Great tip Brent!

Sounds like both ideas are good. I added DrWeb to Firefox. After installing the free DrWeb for manual scans; I found that updates are available only through purchase or remove current and then install later versions when available. That requires checking DrWeb site as notifications are not sent to user. No update feature in free program. Too bad, it's very capable.

ClamWin seems more free, friendly and functional. Just hit the button or schedule your updates automagically.

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Running 2 AntiVirus programs ... A tip.
by Dobby / April 7, 2006 12:08 PM PDT

Been using ClamWin AV along with e-Trust for some time now...work well together...no conflicts! Would recommend same to anyone...using on entire network!

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Running 2 Anti-virus Apps
by wtrahan3581 / April 10, 2006 11:31 AM PDT

I agree, I also run 2 anti-virus apps. But 2 different ones.I run AVG Free and Avast Free, both run with no conflicts. I go by the code, that one is a lonely number, and what one won't catch the other one will. Avast auto updates, AVG doesn't, and AVG let's you schedule your scan more efficiently. I figure the differences balance out. I say, go for it, you can't get too much protection.

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2 or even more antiV apps....
by kotik71 / April 14, 2006 3:02 PM PDT

I'm glad I'm not the only one running 2 antiV prog's. AVG & Avast seem to get along fine & do a good job.

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question
by gestrudes / March 7, 2013 2:57 AM PST

Hi,
I too have 2 anti viruses. but I have a question about it.

I have Avast running real-time protection everything enabled, but I've recently installed Symantec Endpoint Security, which I disabled most features, but I do have the Firewall running plus the Network Threat Protection and Intrusion Prevention on.

Is that ok? or should I disable them as well?

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