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Windows 7: Is my Laptop protected enough ?

04 Aug 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

+1 for SAS ( SUPERAntiSpyware.com | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware! ). Works great.

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Won't having both of them make conflictions ?

I've always been told not to have 2 anti-viruses etc.
SAS and Malwarebytes are scanners. They do not conflict with MSE. You can even run Avast and MSE together. They have been tested together. Question is whether that makes sense.


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04 Aug 2010   #12
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

You should never have two real-time protection anti-viruses/anti-malware programs at the same time. You can have one real-time AV and one or more on-demand (only scans when you tell it to) AV. The combo I use is one real-time (MSE), one on demand (MBAM), one firewall (Windows Firewall), and a router (Linksys) with a built-in firewall.
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04 Aug 2010   #13
freaky88

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
You should never have two real-time protection anti-viruses/anti-malware programs at the same time. You can have one real-time AV and one or more on-demand (only scans when you tell it to) AV. The combo I use is one real-time (MSE), one on demand (MBAM), one firewall (Windows Firewall), and a router (Linksys) with a built-in firewall.
sorry, but what will happen if you do?
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04 Aug 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
You should never have two real-time protection anti-viruses/anti-malware programs at the same time. You can have one real-time AV and one or more on-demand (only scans when you tell it to) AV. The combo I use is one real-time (MSE), one on demand (MBAM), one firewall (Windows Firewall), and a router (Linksys) with a built-in firewall.
There are exceptions - have a look at this: Threatfire Test with MSE and Avast 5 |
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04 Aug 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freaky88 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
You should never have two real-time protection anti-viruses/anti-malware programs at the same time. You can have one real-time AV and one or more on-demand (only scans when you tell it to) AV. The combo I use is one real-time (MSE), one on demand (MBAM), one firewall (Windows Firewall), and a router (Linksys) with a built-in firewall.
sorry, but what will happen if you do?
Scanners you can run as many as you want - one after the other. For real time AV programs you get all kinds of unexpected problems if you run more than one - with the Avast/MSE exception (see post above).
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04 Aug 2010   #16
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

It is all a matter of preference. The best advice that I can give you is to research and test. You can always ask questions here in the forum and members are always looking to help.

There are so many combinations of security apps that can be used that it is almost impossible to sit here and tell you what is best. Only you can determine what works best for your needs.

I use:
Eset Antivirus
Malwarebytes
SuperAntiSpyware
SpywareBlaster
Windows 7 Firewall Control

I disable Windows Defender because I find it slows my machine down and does little or nothing to help keep my machine clean. MSE has gotten rave reviews from forum members so I would be safe to say it would be a safe bet to try.

Try some trials and check out the free software here on the forums and find the best fit for you. Good luck!

I will add that I have had bad experiences running multiple real-time scanners. My antivirus is my only realtime scanner.
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04 Aug 2010   #17
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

WHS, there are always exceptions to every rule, but as in public school, I stick to teaching the general rules instead of trying to explain every exception to that rule.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
You should never have two real-time protection anti-viruses/anti-malware programs at the same time. You can have one real-time AV and one or more on-demand (only scans when you tell it to) AV. The combo I use is one real-time (MSE), one on demand (MBAM), one firewall (Windows Firewall), and a router (Linksys) with a built-in firewall.
sorry, but what will happen if you do?
It can cause the computer to freeze or crash. I remember linking to one article a couple weeks ago (can't find it ATM) where the person installed two AVs to see what would happen and the computer would BSOD even before he logged in because of conflicts. Less severe cases include one AV believing the other is a virus because of how it behaves (false positive) and trying to erase certain parts of it, and conflicts resulting in neither working as they are supposed to, resulting in you not being as protected as you would be with either alone.
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04 Aug 2010   #18
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

@ Ann Taylor: Read my first post, the different opinions were expected. I stand by my original position.
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04 Aug 2010   #19
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freaky88 View Post
rich, malwarebytes isnt made for spyware, supearantispyware will go great with all of them
I have found that installing both is a great option. One will find things the the other will not and vice versa.

Both free versions are not real time so they don't have an impact on system performance or interfere with the operation of any other security software.
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04 Aug 2010   #20
freaky88

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

download SAS trial
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