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    Is it OK to run 2 different Anti-Virus software at the same time?

    At the moment i currently have McAfee installed and running on my PC. However i have heard that the free version of AVG is also quite useful.

    So i was wondering if there would be an issue in running 2 anti-virus at the same time.

    Thanks.

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    shouldn't be, unless they conflict and cause a crash, hard to tell case by case

    I use just AVG, not had any troubles, touch wood

    in short no its not really. They can conflict with each other in many strange, and annoying ways. If you want to run AVG uninstall McAfee first

    IMO i would run AVG instead as i have heard good things about it, and bad things about McAfee. I personally use Symantec Client Security and cannot fault it, miles better than Norton or anything similar.

    Hope it helps

    BFM

    i just use avg and its fine on vista! I doubt there would be a problem. usually you get conflicts when you have 2 firewalls but virus checker just checks files so i guess it should be ok but i twill slow up your system

    Don't run two anti virus programs at once, because of conflicts and such

    I dont use avg personally (i use avast), but IIRC avg moves virus to some kind of quarantine folder instead of deleting it. Nothing wrong with that.

    but if you have McAfee running and it detects the virus in the quarantine folder and tries to remove it, avg is gonna think McAfee is malicious as it's trying to screw around in the quarantine folder, avg will try to delete McAfee and vise versa... Chances are unlikely it will happen but when it does, you are gonna end up with 2 broken antivirus programs.

    1 antivirus is all you need.

    you dont actually NEED 2 antiviruses in short lol

    check with your anti virus provider sky told me that avg counteracted their antivirus

    I once installed McAfee without fully uninstalling Norton and had a nightmare to get all the carp that ensued resolved. I wouldn't recommend it! I now use AVG and couldn't be happier...

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the help everyone.

    I guess i will just stick with McAfee as once i uninstall it i won't be able to get it back as i don't have the CD.

    I have repped everyone.

    Just to say, I find that the free version of AVG does all I need and is a lot lighter than McAfee. The latter really hogs resources and I was having regular freezes when multitasking until I made the change. Thanks for the rep :thumbsup:

    Liddle ol' me;2528437

    Just to say, I find that the free version of AVG does all I need and is a … Just to say, I find that the free version of AVG does all I need and is a lot lighter than McAfee. The latter really hogs resources and I was having regular freezes when multitasking until I made the change. Thanks for the rep :thumbsup:



    Seconded! Got rid of Mcafee, replaced with AVG and Comodo Firewall, and things were noticeably better:)

    the prob of running two virus is resources...

    but i use two security software

    Avira antivir as the antivirus
    and
    threatfire, a behavioral virus and spyware protector, as a 'complement' to avira

    it claims to enhance Mcafee performance 15%
    see it here: threatfire.com/
    its not a reasouce hog


    plus Comodo of course

    BurningFeetMan;2528067

    in short no its not really. They can conflict with each other in many … in short no its not really. They can conflict with each other in many strange, and annoying ways. If you want to run AVG uninstall McAfee firstIMO i would run AVG instead as i have heard good things about it, and bad things about McAfee. I personally use Symantec Client Security and cannot fault it, miles better than Norton or anything similar.Hope it helpsBFM


    Aren't Symantec and Norton the same thing? :?

    Yes, it really isn't advisable, as they both might try to do a thorough scan at the same time. 1 virus scan running at once causes enough problems, saturating the drive busses and using considerable processing resources. Have two running at once at you the can guarantee drive access will be very slow and processor(s) will be heavily stressed, making your computer very slow and unresponsive. Stick with one (AVG) and be careful what you download and install ;-)

    chrysha;2529107

    Aren't Symantec and Norton the same thing? :?



    Not in this case, the Norton anit-virus package is the consumer software and a fairly poor piece of work as it's high on resources and tends to be flaky. The Symantec client security is an enterprise level solution for business deployment and is far better, the client is very lightweight and non-intrusive just quietly doing its job as it should.

    John
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