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Windows 7: Multiple Antivirus Tools...Is it possible?

30 Mar 2020   #1
WyattWhiteEagle

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Multiple Antivirus Tools...Is it possible?

As I read reviews of Anti-Virus software, I see a lot of them saying that since no AV tool is perfect, using more than one is the best option.

If that is even possible, how might I accomplish using more than one?
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30 Mar 2020   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

If you run multiple AVs you may cause conflicts and they don't protect you.
Running Malwarebytes premium with a good AV is recommended.
Malwarebytes premium incorporates Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware
I run older stand alone versions of anti-exploit and anti-ransomware, and older free version of Malwarebytes. The new versions delete the stand alones.
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30 Mar 2020   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The most frequent problem of multiple antiviruses is that they end up attacking each other databases more often than not, leading to some false positives or malfunction of one or both of them.
Another common trouble is that, by the very invasive nature of antiviruses, is that they tend to "watch" on the same points, sometimes interering with each other analysis.
And if those don't happen, running two antivirus engines together will at least make your computer twice as slow as if there was a single one.

Having an antivirus on this day and age is already questionable, but why put two of them together?
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30 Mar 2020   #4
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

I think to run multiple anti-virus, you got to switch off components and leave component on in only one AV. Like if you switch off real-time protection in one, then you enable it in another, and so on. Allegedly, not all AVs were the same, so there used to be an advantage in doing this, but now they all converge on heuristics, which makes them all nearly the same. Thats my opinion, so I am not tempted to even try.
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