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if I ran the defrag. and the avg virus scanner at the same time on the computer just before I go to bed is this hard on the computer or do I have to do one then the other like I have been doing? Thanks sham1313

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Not a good idea

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That's not a good idea, and not so much because it's hard on the system, but because the two programs can "fight" over access to a specific file. Each one is going to want exclusive access to the file it's working on at the moment, and so if they ever want to access the same file, there could be problems. Nothing catastrophic mind, just some files may not be scanned/defraged.

While on the subject, it should be noted that defragmenting is really unnecessary. It will offer minimal, if any, performance improvements and those will be fleeting in nature. Since it has no diagnostic functions whatsoever, it really is a tool that's time has past.

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OK thanks!!

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you say defrag is the tool of the past. not sure why they put it on new computer's. I had not doen it in the past about running them at the same time. I try to after my husband get off the computer in the evening to always defrag and check for virus then some one els in a forum help me make sure I got rid of a nasty virus that my avg vurus scanner was having trouble with. they had me download a malwarebytes'Anti-Malware to use between that and my paid for version of avg I got rid if it all together. so tonight I well do the Malwarebytes then the virus protector. thanks for your time. sham1313

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Daily scans are not necessary...

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While I agree with Jimmy that defragging is of much less significance now than it was ten years ago, I argue it is still beneficial if done only as needed. Under normal use you should never need to defrag your hard drive more than once a month, if that, and any more than that is generally just putting extra wear and tear on your hard drive while consuming system resources unnecessarily. That's one reason there is an analysis option available in most defragmenters, letting you find out if defragging would actually be beneficial. (The degree of benefit is continually debated.)

As to malware protection, the real-time components are sufficient on a day-to-day basis, so unless you or another user is engaging in risky activities you can reduce the frequency of a full system scan to a weekly chore.


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ok I understand but

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I have done some searching for preban Ivory for sale and 2 out of 5 times I have had to get rid of bad virus. the last one even my paid version of of avg virus scanner did not catch it and handel it like it has always done before. I had the free avg for years on my old one and it stop every virus before it got started. I figured the paid version would do the same for this new computer under a year old. so I ask the page for help and was told I should download Malwarebytes'Anti-Malware and it did the trick along with the avg. I have only been doing computer for under a year again. there was about 4 years I did not do computer and a lot has change in that time. it is like starting school for the 1st time. I did not understand vista at all when I started and it took a while with a lot of help to understand it. I had thought it was running in windows 95 when I saw the only objection was 95 under proberties and it took be awhile to understand it was running in windows vista that I could use as low as windows 95 programs in it. as you see I have a lot to learn.
thanks sham1313

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Thank you!!!

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I forgot to say thank you for your help!!!
thanks sham1313

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