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Windows 7: Running Avast and MSE together

21 Jan 2011   #21
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

pparks

I use Avast Internet Suite I think it is called. It has the firewall. I also use MSE.

I tried the bug downloader someone posted here a couple of weeks ago.
Fake virus to see if it downloads or catches it when you try to install.

Both AV's stopped/deleted the download within a second of each other.

Avast blocked the download stopped it dead and MSE ate it. MSE quarintined and prompted to clean the PC actually.

I tried it three times just to be sure and same thing all three times.
Now this was an old known bug but both AV's reacted to it.

I also use Malwarebytes free once a week. I have not found a bug since using this combo since last August.

Antedotal evidence but it seems to work well for me.
Mike


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21 Jan 2011   #22
jeeprad

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

@ PParks,

I fit the obsessive-compulsive category;-)

I use Avast Free along with Comodo Internet Security, as well as SpywareBlaster and Spybot S&D for its SD Helper immunity.

I use Firefox for the bulk of my surfing, with Better Privacy and NoScript .

I use Foxit Reader over Adobe as I don't entirely believe the claims that Adobe Reader X is significantly more secure than previous versions.

And I run weekly scans with the free versions of MBAM and SAS.

And the worst that is ever found is tracking cookies.


@ Hopalong: Using MSE 2?
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21 Jan 2011   #23
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

jeeprad

Yes the new MSE 2 what ever it is.

Also use Foxit.

Never installed Adobe Reader or Java. Haven't missed either program.

Also run IE 9. Never could keep the IE 8 working properly for more than 3-5 days.

Mike
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21 Jan 2011   #24
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I fins Malwarebytes and Spywareblaster to be great helpers to run alongside whichever Av you prefer, in my case Norton.
Since they do not interfer, and Malwarebytes is On-Demand.

I do have one concern about running 2 AV's.
((Other than the main things we've discussed many times before: Possible Performance issues and Instabilities caused by running more than 1))

But Im curious:
As we all know, ALL AV's have a slight chance of throwing a false positive from time to time. Of course,some are better than others in this regard.

But by running 2 AVs, wouldn't the chance of getting a false positive be much higher? Seems to me it would.
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21 Jan 2011   #25
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

In six months I have had maybe 10 reponses from Avast or MSE. Three I did intentionally.

Malwarebytes on my weekly scan is always clean.

I even ran an ESET on line scan just to know what I send other peole to use. First hand experience.
Nothing found.

Avast firewall has blocked a few websites and told me they weren't safe. They weren't porn sites either.
They were sites from links or searching from Google for info for posters.
So I skip them and search else where for the info I need.
A 1 in 40-50 website blocks false or not I can live with.
They are always sites I don't know but may have relevant info for error codes etc.
Everyone has run into these I'm sure if you do much searching for posters here on the forum.

Mike
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21 Jan 2011   #26
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
But by running 2 AVs, wouldn't the chance of getting a false positive be much higher? Seems to me it would.
It would seem likely. Although I have no real world experience as I don't get anything from my AV's...not even false positives. Or at least I haven't since moving to Windows 7. Like I said, I don't honestly even remember the last time my AV went off at home.
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23 Jan 2011   #27
BioSid

7 - Home Premium x64
 
 
Working together

I have been running MSE/Avast on another computer with Vista.
With my w7 system I have the same set up. I have been having issues of late with MSE update downloads locking up, taking up to 6 or 7 minutes to install. Any chanse there is some conflict?

Sometimes when boot up is done, and my desktop is loaded, the MSE icon is red stating that MSE is turned off. I never set that option though.

I do a manual update of MSE about every 12 hours or when I am on.
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23 Jan 2011   #28
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

BioSid

Same problem with a bad MSE update installation or maybe a bad Win Update this past Tuesday- not Avast.

You can try a System Restore from earlier in the week.

My Sytem Restore wouldn't work so I used System Image from last Sunday and re imaged C.

I did the back up while doing this and reinstalled the new back up I created today.

So far so good. All updates re installed with no hang ups- so far.
System seems repaired.

Mike
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23 Jan 2011   #29
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Just wanted the post but I've ran them together since MSE and Avast 5 were avalible.
Fabe
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23 Jan 2011   #30
BioSid

7 - Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post
BioSid

Same problem with a bad MSE update installation or maybe a bad Win Update this past Tuesday- not Avast.

You can try a System Restore from earlier in the week.

My Sytem Restore wouldn't work so I used System Image from last Sunday and re imaged C.

I did the back up while doing this and reinstalled the new back up I created today.

So far so good. All updates re installed with no hang ups- so far.
System seems repaired.

Mike

One would thing subsequent updates would address a bad update. I'll try uninstalling the update rather than a sys-restore, then I'll run updater and reinstall.

Thanks
Sid
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