2 or more AV programs a good idea??

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by RustyM, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. RustyM

    RustyM Guest

    Hi- I use Avg free- I believe that I am pretty content with it- I do
    occasional online scans-This is also what I have: ZA free,ad-aware
    free,stinger,ss&d, trend micro sysclean scanner,spyblaster, bazooka,
    cwshredder,hmmmm did I forget anything?? anyways, I found out that everytime
    I'd scan with a different program for spyware, that it would pick up
    somthing different the the others did not. So Is it ok to have 2 different
    av programs installed on the pc or would they clash??I think that they may,
    but maybe there are two that compliment each other and dont- thanks for
    opinions.
     
    RustyM, Oct 30, 2004
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  2. Stinger and sysclean are removal tools. Both are updated regularly and should ONLT be used
    if you know or think you are infected. they are not something you keep a round and use
    often.

    Having two Anti Virus applications is contraindicated since the two will interfere with each
    other. having a full time Anti Virus application and command line scanner is OK since the
    command line scanner is an "On Demand" scanner and will not interfere with an Anti Virus
    package's "On Access" scanner. So please keep in mind that one AV application should be
    installed and running and using a command scanner once in a while is OK. However, it *must*
    be updated before using.

    In the case of Stinger, it is relatively static. It is only updated when a new variant
    comes out or if McAfee decides to add a new infector to its list of targeted infectors.
    therefore it really should ONLY be used when you think you are infected with an infector
    that Stinger targets.

    Sysclean on the other hand is a broad-spectrum scanner and targets ~78.000 infectors. Both
    the Pattern Files and the scanner itself is updated. Albeit, the Pattern Files are updated
    more frequently tan the scanner. Not that Sysclean targets *all* the infectors that Stinger
    targets therefore its use is redundant.

    HTH

    Dave




    | Hi- I use Avg free- I believe that I am pretty content with it- I do
    | occasional online scans-This is also what I have: ZA free,ad-aware
    | free,stinger,ss&d, trend micro sysclean scanner,spyblaster, bazooka,
    | cwshredder,hmmmm did I forget anything?? anyways, I found out that everytime
    | I'd scan with a different program for spyware, that it would pick up
    | somthing different the the others did not. So Is it ok to have 2 different
    | av programs installed on the pc or would they clash??I think that they may,
    | but maybe there are two that compliment each other and dont- thanks for
    | opinions.
    |
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    | Thanks so very much for your help-! ! ! !
    |
    |
     
    David H. Lipman, Oct 30, 2004
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  3. RustyM

    Marc Romero Guest

    I think multiple av programs are overkill and unnecessary, I also prefer a
    paid subscription av program over that of a freeware av program, you get
    what you pay for when it comes to system stability, compatability, updates
    and upgrades. The most important issue to me is to have a program installed
    and operating properly, updated frequently, and realtime protection always
    running.

    Marc
     
    Marc Romero, Oct 31, 2004
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