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Okay, I know not to run two real time anti-virus...

by disinter / October 17, 2006 2:49 PM PDT

I know not to run two real time anti-virus protectors, but can I run two active antispyware programs at one time, for example...

Microsoft Defender w/Avg Anti-spyware(both active)

I think these two combinations could work though, I might be totally wrong though. Any thoughts?

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Yes You can
by calacci / October 17, 2006 5:50 PM PDT

Yes you can use more than one anti spyware and they will not create problems

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Are you sure?
by disinter / October 17, 2006 5:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes You can

Even when both might be monitoring the same things? If so, I guess that's good for me, because I would feel more safe with both defender and Avg antispy with active real time.

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by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 18, 2006 3:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Are you sure?

Although it's safe to have more than one antispyware program "installed", it's not always good to have more than one antispwyware program "running" and protecting your "real time". (Personally, I don't run ANY of them "real time" but instead using them as stand alone scanners.) Much like antivirus programs, if two "real time" programs are using similar system files, they can have issues. Likewise, if the same infected file is detected by two programs at the same time, glitches can occur as well..

For example, I've had systems lock up which had both Ewido and Webroot Spysweeper running "real time".. Apparently, they both monitor similar things and would cause occasional freezes..

On the other hand, I've tested machines with Ewido and Spybot and in those cases, I've not seen a conflict when they were both running their real-time protection devices.

It depends...

Hope this helps.


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