McAfee and Norton AV on the same machine?

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Andy Bowles, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Andy Bowles

    Andy Bowles Guest

    I want to have McAfee Internet Security 2007 and Norton Antivirus
    installed on the same machine simultaneously.

    Only one of the products will be enabled at any time. So, when McAfee
    is running, Norton will be installed but disabled, and vice versa.

    Will that work?

    In case you're wondering about my sanity, this is the reason: I
    occasionally have to connect to a customer's site by VPN, and the
    customer requires that any machine that is connected to their network
    have Norton Antivirus. Under all other cirucmstance, however, I want
    to use McAfee, because I prefer it, have paid for it, and don't to be
    dependent on my customer for product updates.

    Thanks.

    Andy Bowles
     
    Andy Bowles, Oct 16, 2007
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  2. Why don't you try using a virtual PC set up to use for that client
    only?
    max
     
    What's in a Name?, Oct 16, 2007
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  3. Personally, I would not have either of them on my system - let alone "both"
    of them.

    Are you liking pain?

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    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
     
    Richard Urban, Oct 16, 2007
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  4. Andy Bowles

    Andy Bowles Guest

    I'll do that if necessary, but I was hoping to be told that it isn't.
     
    Andy Bowles, Oct 17, 2007
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  5. Understand the fact that both has real time monitoring and virus engines as
    such possible scenario as conflict would occur " It's like having fort knox
    in your system - worst scenario " nothing can go in and out.

    And also it would slowdown your system, other than that this products have
    their own firewall imagine having 2 of them - it is possible to run both but
    in my experience it can cause more harm than good in your system having
    both. As per rule of the thumb have one Anti-virus - one Firewall and well
    2-3 anti-spyware with 2 of them anti-spyware not running their real time
    scanner and should serve only as a back up for second opinion or should the
    all other running cant take out an infection.
     
    Milo \(MSPSS\), Oct 17, 2007
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  6. Andy Bowles

    Andy Bowles Guest

    I'm not planning to have them running simultaneously. The idea is
    that at any time one of them will be installed and running; the other
    will be installed but disabled.

    At any time there will be only one real-time scanner running, and only
    one firewall running, so I don't understand how I can have the sort of
    problem you describe. Or am I being naive?

    The sort of problem I might expect is:
    - One product refusing to install until the other product has been
    uninstalled.
    - One product refusing to install updates until the other product has
    been uninstalled.
    - One product thinking the the other product's definition data
    contains a virus.
    - One product doing things even though it's supposed to be disabled.

    Are any of these likely to happen?
     
    Andy Bowles, Oct 19, 2007
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  7. This may likely to happen

    1. "- One product doing things even though it's supposed to be disabled."
    This product have services running all the time updates or among other
    things
    2. "- One product refusing to install until the other product has been
    uninstalled." ( Lately some of the AV's does this action and well quite
    often dont literally uninstall on your queue they tend to leave remnant
    files and a total headache )
    What if along the way one of the product committed to an update and
    such update
    proceeds to detect other AV / Security apps.
    3. " - One product thinking the the other product's definition data
    contains a virus." ( I encountered this once it was a mess )

    This I would add:
    What if the other AV detected and quarantined a file or such an infection -
    can you manually tell the
    other AV not to detect or do same thing to the said file ( detection occurs
    not by namesakes but
    by specific algorithm of a file ). They will end up chewing each other.

    But then again this are just an option the final call is yours to make.
     
    Milo \(MSPSS\), Oct 19, 2007
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  8. Andy Bowles

    RJK Guest

    LOL ...I agree :)

    regards, Richard


     
    RJK, Oct 30, 2007
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