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2 Antivirus Eng That does not automatically run-background

It has been stated for numerous years, it is good to have a 2nd or 3rd Antivirus Engine to detect viruses your "main" program may have not detected. But, of course you can NOT have both AV applcations running at the same time. Does any SW company still make an application that does not installed and automatically run in the back ground as your "virus shield". Need one where it just installs but scanning is manual operation.

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And add prevention tools...

in addition to detection tools:

-- SpywareBlaster http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
-- HOSTS File (any hosts file below) to block malware and ads
---- http://hosts-file.net/?s=Download
---- http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
---- http://www.malwaredomainlist.com/hostslist/hosts.txt
---- http://pgl.yoyo.org/as/
---- http://everythingisnt.com/hosts.html

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Prevention Tools>>Host file

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Thanks for your help. I tried SPYWARE blaster and uninstall it since it seems it was basically is a filtering tool by having a database of known spyware that it checks against. Not interactive or an executable piece of code as other Spyware or AV engines SW.

The hosts sites, IP address of known spyware, how do you use it. Create a host.not-allow file and add these sites in and install in the windows/system 32 directory?? .

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How to install or use HOSTS file...

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With Installer or automatic installation
There is also HOSTS file installer:
1. http://hosts-file.net/?s=Download - just download the hpHosts-Setup-Win32.exe
2. http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.zip - run the mvps.bat included in the zipped file to install the HOSTS file
3. http://everythingisnt.com/hosts.html also have installer but it's been months since this updated so use the above instead of this.

Without installer
1. If you will use the Hosts file from:

Unzip hosts.zip in temporary folder. Copy the HOSTS file in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc folder
Overwrite the existing HOSTS file

2. If you will use the Hosts file from:
or from http://pgl.yoyo.org
Select "All" to copy the content then use notepad to save it in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc as HOSTS (no file extension). If is stored as .txt file, rename it by deleting the file extension .txt

SpywareBlaster is a prevention program against spyware and other malicious ActiveX, bad software etc. It will block automatically what is known as 'bad'.
Antivirus and antispyware programs will have less work if SpywareBlaster prevented installation of bad software.

Another good tool is SpywareGuard:
If you will download a software that is known spyware, SpywareGuard will block it. Note this is also a realtime protection while you are downloading, not while installing a bad program.

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How to install or use Hosts File

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Thanks Donna, I will try hosts program

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And more prevention tools :-)
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Most Antivirus Companies Do NOT Recommend Such...

In reply to: 2 Antivirus Eng That does not automatically run-background

Even if the second Antivirus program is not running "realtime", it can still cause conflicts and in some cases, prevent installation or accurate scanning of files. In the case of McAfee, Norton, and a few others, the AV program WILL NOT LET YOU install their program till all other AVs are gone. Just a few such recommendations by well known companies are below:

Sophos Antivirus Instructions. Answer to General Question number 2: '' 2) I would like to have 2 AntiVirus Programs installed on my computer. Would that provide better virus protection?''

See the "IMPORTANT" statement at the bottom of the "Step 3: Use Up-to-Date Antivirus Software" in this Microsoft article:

Read the first sentence below the heading: "If you already have antivirus software on your computer":

Instead, try running Online Scans.. Read the main topic number 6: ''Occasionally Run Online Virus Scans'':
Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet

Hope this helps.


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