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Windows 7: is it okay to run two separate security programs?

16 Nov 2011   #1

windows 7 ultimate
is it okay to run two separate security programs?

Tech specs
Intel Atom processor N455 1.66ghz is the processor speed
- 1024 MB DDR3 RAM (1066MHz)
256mb internal vid card

just wanna ask if i can run Eset Anti virus and at the same time Comodo firewall? is it okay? will there be any conflict and performance impact? thanks

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16 Nov 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Family Pack Lic.) Upgrade

Well, does/will eset have a firewall active?

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16 Nov 2011   #3

windows 7 ultimate

nope eset antivirus+comodo firewall the free one

btw comodo firewall is much better than eset in blocking hacker intrusions right?
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16 Nov 2011   #4

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The usual rule is to NOT have two antivirus programs running real time scans at the same time. Since you're talking about an antivirus program (eset) and a separate firewall (comodo) I'm guessing you'd be OK. I would, however, make sure the default Windows firewall is turned off. I'd also guess that a lot depends on how an individual computer is set up - what programs are installed, etc. People have discovered that what works on one machine can seriously bog down or even crash a different machine.

Just in case you have issues, I'd recommend creating at a minimum a System Restore point before installing eset and comodo. If you have issues you can restore your machine to that earlier configuration. Better still is to create a system image. And I don't think we can really say the comodo firewall is better than the eset antivirus. They perform separate functions.
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16 Nov 2011   #5

MS Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Family Pack Lic.) Upgrade

well I can offer a case, where a windows 7 x64 computer system had the two installed simultaneously, and I have witnessed no problems nor has the computer's owner, and it had been installed for some time. I don't know for sure about any differences between the free vs. paid versions, but, I can't give you a definitive answer.

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16 Nov 2011   #6

windows 7 ultimate

Thanks to the both of you :)
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16 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

Personally I'd stick to the windows fire wall. Most after market ones tend to be resource hogs, as your system is a netbook they aren't powerful, so having 2 different resource hogging softwares running at once you'll have all your ram tied up making performance really bad.

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