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Windows 7: Two are better than one

27 Dec 2009   #1
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 
Two are better than one

Hi, as we all know, its never recommended to have 2 anti virus in one PC.
Then comes a question of "Which is the Best Anti Virus?"
Well, I don't really agree that just 1 anti virus can offer you maximum protection. Hence I thought of installing 2 anti virus on my Windows 7 Virtual Machine.

I tried several combination. Some started fighting with each other whereas some worked as a team (this is what I feel). They do NOT conflict with each other and have not slowed down my PC at all (Your experience may vary).

So after installing and updating both the anti virus programs, I went to Malware Bytes Forum and tried to download some nasty and newest malware. I was surprised to see that no malware was successful in entering my PC. It was blocked by either of the AV engines.

Some malware were blocked during download and some were blocked when I tried to double click and run it. If one engine missed it, the other quickly caught it and vice-versa.

What say?


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27 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Hi, as we all know, its never recommended to have 2 anti virus in one PC.
Then comes a question of "Which is the Best Anti Virus?"
Well, I don't really agree that just 1 anti virus can offer you maximum protection. Hence I thought of installing 2 anti virus on my Windows 7 Virtual Machine.

I tried several combination. Some started fighting with each other whereas some worked as a team (this is what I feel). They do NOT conflict with each other and have not slowed down my PC at all (Your experience may vary).

So after installing and updating both the anti virus programs, I went to Malware Bytes Forum and tried to download some nasty and newest malware. I was surprised to see that no malware was successful in entering my PC. It was blocked by either of the AV engines.

Some malware were blocked during download and some were blocked when I tried to double click and run it. If one engine missed it, the other quickly caught it and vice-versa.

What say?
Dinesh, I think a good A/V is one that updates its virus definitions timely. Eventually, they will all have the same definitions, but the one that consistently updates timely is the best. These new virus do the most damage, when the first hit the net.
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27 Dec 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

That's certainly good to know. I'll bet if you kept running two AVs on a machine you used all the time, you would run into conflicts. I would never recommend it to anyone....unless they wanted to experiment like you.

Good info, what are some of the main combos you have tried?
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27 Dec 2009   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Dinesh, I think a good A/V is one that updates its virus definitions timely. Eventually, they will all have the same definitions, but the one that consistently updates timely is the best. These new virus do the most damage, when the first hit the net.
Yeah the malware from the malwarebytes forum are fresh and newest.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
That's certainly good to know. I'll bet if you kept running two AVs on a machine you used all the time, you would run into conflicts. I would never recommend it to anyone....unless they wanted to experiment like you.

Good info, what are some of the main combos you have tried?
OK I tried the following combinations:
Well, I tried one free AV with one paid AV.

Worked:

Avast 5 beta AV and MSE.
Avast 5 beta AV and Norton Internet Security 2010. (Currently using this combo)
ESET NOD32 AV and Panda Cloud AV.
MSE worked with almost all the Anti Virus and Internet Security software.

Did NOT work:
Avast 5 beta anti virus and NOD32 AV. (NOD32 deleted avast update files and crashed avast).

Kaspersky did not work with any of the AV. It slowed down the PC.
ESET NOD32 AV did not work with AVG free.
AVIRA with Norton Internet Security 2010.


These are the only combination I have tried so far.
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27 Dec 2009   #5
ilesal

Win7 7600 x64
 
 

I have stopped using Avast and now use MSE and Malawarebytes, that's it. I also use Firefox not IE and install the Microsoft updates, I download stuff to seperate partition and scan first, I read email on line and not download using outlook or anything. I have not had a virus or spyware, malware problem in about three years.
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27 Dec 2009   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Lets not forget, gang, although we all truly appreciate the work that dinesh is doing for all of us, we, not the A/V, are still the first line of defense against all the evil that is out there
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27 Dec 2009   #7
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Lets not forget, gang, although we all truly appreciate the work that dinesh is doing for all of us, we, not the A/V, are still the first line of defense against all the evil that is out there
I completely agree with what you say. True protection begins from us.
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27 Dec 2009   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Dinesh, I think a good A/V is one that updates its virus definitions timely. Eventually, they will all have the same definitions, but the one that consistently updates timely is the best. These new virus do the most damage, when the first hit the net.
Yeah the malware from the malwarebytes forum are fresh and newest.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
That's certainly good to know. I'll bet if you kept running two AVs on a machine you used all the time, you would run into conflicts. I would never recommend it to anyone....unless they wanted to experiment like you.

Good info, what are some of the main combos you have tried?
OK I tried the following combinations:
Well, I tried one free AV with one paid AV.

Worked:

Avast 5 beta AV and MSE.
Avast 5 beta AV and Norton Internet Security 2010. (Currently using this combo)
ESET NOD32 AV and Panda Cloud AV.
MSE worked with almost all the Anti Virus and Internet Security software.

Did NOT work:
Avast 5 beta anti virus and NOD32 AV. (NOD32 deleted avast update files and crashed avast).

Kaspersky did not work with any of the AV. It slowed down the PC.
ESET NOD32 AV did not work with AVG free.
AVIRA with Norton Internet Security 2010.


These are the only combination I have tried so far.
Sweet! That's good to know. Thanks for the information.

Maybe it is a good idea for some people....people who don't know how to protect themselves. (like some of my family members)
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27 Dec 2009   #9
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

No problem mate.
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27 Dec 2009   #10
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im sorry, but the "if one is good, two is better" theory just doesnt make sense to me... If the perceived threat of a "virus" is so great that you feel two anti-virus programs are necessary, then why not three... or four?? You can run this virus paranoia till your computer burns up, but I dont think its going to protect you any better than a single good a/v program and a good measure of sense ...
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