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Windows 7: three antivirus programs


28 Jan 2010   #1

windows 8.1 pro
 
 
three antivirus programs

I have installed on my computer 3 anti virus – I think – avg free edition, avira, and microsoft security essentials, the reason being that many outsiders connect usb plug and play or other external etc… after getting a few viruses getting messed up etc.. I realized that this way I have a better chance of catching a virus before it does damage to the computer.
I disabled auto run, when I connect something external, I right click on that drive – in my computer – and scan it with the above 3 anti virus programs.
Only two of them are active, avira is disabled untill I have to scan something.
My question is, does the above cause any comflicting between the two programs, or slowing down of the computer.
Since I switched to the above I have never gotten a virus.
Any ideas about the above, or better ways to protect the computer, would be appreciated.



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28 Jan 2010   #2

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

i don't think it is good running so many anti viruses.

there is a nice little program which prevents usb from getting viruses. it creates a folder that the virus can't touch. very light in the back ground and free.

ANTIMALWARE: Panda USB Vaccine - Download FREE - PANDA SECURITY

you could do a regedit to prevent auto run as well. here is a link for how to do it and information.

One quick trick prevents AutoRun attacks

Then you should scan them as soon as they are plugged into your computer.
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28 Jan 2010   #3

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

vicvic
thanks for your quick reply.
just finished reading everything, including your links, downloaded and installed.
i understand from what you have written, and the links, it is not good to have more than one antivirus program, the best usb protection is panda, and to turnoff through panda the autorun.ini etc. and to run that registry file.

thanks for the help.

as aside, from the above three antivirus programs, ahich one would you suggest to keep, and not uninstall ?
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28 Jan 2010   #4

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tapuz View Post
vicvic
thanks for your quick reply.
just finished reading everything, including your links, downloaded and installed.
i understand from what you have written, and the links, it is not good to have more than one antivirus program, the best usb protection is panda, and to turnoff through panda the autorun.ini etc. and to run that registry file.

thanks for the help.

as aside, from the above three antivirus programs, ahich one would you suggest to keep, and not uninstall ?
avira is probably the most diligent if you are ok with the occasional false positive and you should also have a specific malware tool to run once every few days such as malwarebytes
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28 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tapuz View Post
I have installed on my computer 3 anti virus – I think – avg free edition, avira, and microsoft security essentials, the reason being that many outsiders connect usb plug and play or other external etc… after getting a few viruses getting messed up etc.. I realized that this way I have a better chance of catching a virus before it does damage to the computer.
I disabled auto run, when I connect something external, I right click on that drive – in my computer – and scan it with the above 3 anti virus programs.
Only two of them are active, avira is disabled untill I have to scan something.
My question is, does the above cause any comflicting between the two programs, or slowing down of the computer.
Since I switched to the above I have never gotten a virus.
Any ideas about the above, or better ways to protect the computer, would be appreciated.
Im very happy with Windows Security, works quietly in the background.......the way it should be.
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28 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

you def don't want to run 3 av softwares, you increase false positives, it will bog down your system and it's really not going to benefit you in any way. pick one not all of the above.
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28 Jan 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

A large number of membesr, including myself suggest MSE, in conjunction with malwarebytes. A good firewall should, also be used.
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28 Jan 2010   #8

 

The honest truth is: none of the above will truly keep you safe or secured. There is no program available to the public that will prevent intelligent attacks.
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28 Jan 2010   #9

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
The honest truth is: none of the above will truly keep you safe or secured. There is no program available to the public that will prevent intelligent attacks.
Very good. We should add another defense. Our own common sense. We are, indeed, the best defense against Virus attacks.
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28 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
The honest truth is: none of the above will truly keep you safe or secured. There is no program available to the public that will prevent intelligent attacks.
while that may be the truth it's not a real world threat for most people.
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