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Windows 7: A/V Software Questions (Conflicts?)

12 May 2011   #11
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I run Avast on 5 computers.So that and some common sense has kept us safe over the last 3 years.

Avira is known to cause BSODs in certain configurations. so I stick with Avast Free Edition.

False positives you will get from every scanner that uses heuristic (behavioural) scanning methods.
Those false positives usually come up as generic something or other.
If you're in doubt, load the file in question up to Virus Total and see what they say. That's certainly safer then to trust just one scanner.

-DG


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12 May 2011   #12
I be he

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

If i were you i would keep your a/v of choice, add Sandboxie, Malwarebytes, Emsisoft, Superantispyware. That gives you 3 on demand scanners that should not conflict with your a/v at all in their free version configs, and the most important part" Sandboxie" which is strong enough to protect you without anyother security app if one was so inclined
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13 May 2011   #13
Paul1360

Win 8.1 Ultimate and Home Premium x64 bit
 
 

What I don't understand is why have an A/V product running and then have another number of differant products as on demand scanners????? Surely the more you have the more your asking for conflicts?????????

iechyd da
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13 May 2011   #14
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OceanicAirlines View Post
My ISP gives us full-version Norton Security Suite priveleges as subscribers, but I simply don't like it and it misses things other A/V programs would catch. No explanation necessary on that one.
They all miss something. Norton has Insight and SONAR to help catch what it does not detect.
AV-Comparatives ~ Whole Product Dynamic Test ~ March-June 2011
Flash Test Results Malware Research Group
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13 May 2011   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul1360 View Post
What I don't understand is why have an A/V product running and then have another number of differant products as on demand scanners????? Surely the more you have the more your asking for conflicts?????????

iechyd da
Hi Paul,

A layered approach to security is generally the recommened strategy to take since one single product doesn't have the capability to detect every single threat. For example, "Product A" might detect threats P,R, and T whilst "Product B" might detect threats Q and S. If you use both products, then you improve your chances of detecting threats P,Q,R, S and T.

In terms of resident anti-malwars products, there is some divided opinion. Many recognised experts doubt the merit of having two resident products. I have both MSE and MBAM resident and have't yet had a conflict. I'm sure others have similar setups. I think its a matter of personal preference and experience.

If in doubt, have one resident, and use the other in an on-demand mode. However, it is generally accepted that 2 or 3 products compliment one another, and that is my recommendation.

Regards,
Golden
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13 May 2011   #16
Paul1360

Win 8.1 Ultimate and Home Premium x64 bit
 
 

Aye I understand that nothing is 100% but to have several products takes up space et al
I have 1 A/V and Malwarebytes that I use now and then but just can't see the point in having more than that and yes each to their own

iechyd da
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13 May 2011   #17
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Sure Paul, but many have such small footprints relative to the large, cheap disks available....space shouldn't really be an issue.

Regards,
Golden

PS Is Brains still going strong?
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13 May 2011   #18
I be he

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul1360 View Post
What I don't understand is why have an A/V product running and then have another number of differant products as on demand scanners????? Surely the more you have the more your asking for conflicts?????????

iechyd da
Do you not have an A/V, plus MB and SB?
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14 May 2011   #19
Paul1360

Win 8.1 Ultimate and Home Premium x64 bit
 
 

True enuff footprint are small on some but I still think as the saying goes "More is better" is not the case but thats me.
Sure is but alas the Skull Attack is no longer as strong as it used to be
Yes I use Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and have Malwarebytes I use now and then. Touch wood I've not had a problem for a long time and that time was when my son turned my A/V off to download something even tho it told him there was a problem with it Kids

iechyd da
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14 May 2011   #20
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

FWIW, I use Microsoft Security Essentials + Malwarebytes. It is a lovely combination, quite lightweight but heavy-hitting. And free.

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