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by msjim / May 12, 2009 12:18 AM PDT

Please clarify for me:: My belief was that you can have only 1 virus protection on your computer without cause conflicts. Meaning you should NOT run more than one on your computer at 1 time. Someone is telling me you can run more than one at a time if you "link" them. Example would be Mc Afee with AVG if they are linked.

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Personal Opinion From Experience
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 12, 2009 1:50 AM PDT

Only one antivirus at a time. I'm not sure what the "Linked" term means but basically, antivirus programs "hook" the system files of a computer quite strongly.. When two such programs "fight" over an infected file, or even run at the same time in the background, there can be nothing but problems.

I happen to be a moderator on the McAfee forums and we see all sorts of issues when McAfee is installed with other antivirus programs.. In fact, IF you attempt to install McAfee after another AVP is on the computer, it will notify you of the problem and prevent the installation unless you remove the previous version. Some of the newer versions will attempt to automatically uninstall the other program. It's even pickier than that.. A newer version of McAfee won't install unless the older version of McAfee is removed as well.

Hope this helps.


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Security Software
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / May 12, 2009 2:40 AM PDT

I?m going to chime in here and echo Grif?s statements. Microsoft recommends running one antivirus suite in order to keep your computer safe.

Windows Outreach Team

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Virus advice
by msjim / May 13, 2009 6:28 AM PDT

Thank you!!!!! I new this but needed it verfied to show my neighbor because he was getting so bad advice.

Thanks again!!

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Only One.
by shakethebabyass / May 13, 2009 11:19 AM PDT

Only use one! But you can use several different anti spyware programs.. as long as they do not include antivirus.

However, it is usually not a good idea to run them all at once because this will probably slow you down.

I use norton internet security and webroot antispyware at the same time. I also have malwarebytes and ad-aware to do some extra scanning every now and then.


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