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Windows 7: What's the Best Anti-virus?

06 Aug 2011   #91
AmigaRoots

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mach04 View Post
Can you run two antivirus programs at the same time?
You can, but it is not recommended because of possible conflicts, system instability etc. I remember though in the past, using more than one anti-spyware software was recommended. I wouldn't do it though. Anti-spyware software used to be more light-weight, but now in many cases they are merged with anti-virus solutions.


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06 Aug 2011   #92
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Generally speaking, multiple scanners are OK so long as only 1 of them is Real-Time.

Most conflicts occur when 2 or more programs are actively scanning in realtime and attempting to deal with a possible issue.



But if you only have Real Time AV (such as MSE or Norton) and a couple Anti-Spyware Programs that are On Demand scanners (such as Malwarebytes) there should be no conflicts.

I wouldn't run more than 1 AV though.
Just choose one you are comfortable with, and pair it with a good OnDemand scanner to run once a week.
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07 Aug 2011   #93
mach04

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I am using three anti spyware programs and so far I haven't had any problems from their side. Though I believe the antiviruses are looking at more sensitive areas of a system, probably at the same time, and maybe their different algorithms will make the system run slower. But from what Baxxter said its interesting to hear his side of the story.
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08 Aug 2011   #94
RonBin79

Windows Seven Premium
 
 

I have been using AVG for a number of years but they have moved their call centre to India! If you have a problem they offer support via www.virgindigitalhelp.co.uk Eighty five pounds for a years full remote suport, and that's after you have paid your licence fee of twenty pounds (approx). I am sure their technicians are fully qualified but with the financial situation as it is, I cannot afford that kind of money, and for someone who has a big hearing problem, it is very hard to understand what they are saying whilst on the telephone.

My current licence doesn't expire until 20 - 12 - 2012 so I have a while to go but meantime, I shall be trying out other programmes. I found the article on anti virus programmes very interesting and a good read. Thank you very much TW33K.

Regards RonBin79
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09 Aug 2011   #95
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My laptop just got recently infected by trojans while I was on Vipre AV Premium, sso I did some research and found that Norton Internet Security 2012 is really good so I switched to that, installed Malwarebytes, and SuperAntispyware, ran dozen of scans with all three programs until all the trojans had been removed and the programs returned clean results on my laptop. So I am guessing my laptop is clean now.
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09 Aug 2011   #96
mach04

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 

And I was under the impression that one update and one scan of each program is enough to catch all the viruses and malwares. Thanks for that info Maxpayne.
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09 Aug 2011   #97
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mach04 View Post
And I was under the impression that one update and one scan of each program is enough to catch all the viruses and malwares. Thanks for that info Maxpayne.
Haha I'm kinda paranoid when it comes to viruses. Turns out my computer is not clean and there is still malware because I keep getting redirected to spam sites in Google search. I need help.


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09 Aug 2011   #98
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mach04 View Post
And I was under the impression that one update and one scan of each program is enough to catch all the viruses and malwares. Thanks for that info Maxpayne.
Haha I'm kinda paranoid when it comes to viruses. Turns out my computer is not clean and there is still malware because I keep getting redirected to spam sites in Google search. I need help.


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Max,
When running scans are you doing the "Full Scan" which takes a lot of time for each one?
MBAM usually takes over an hour.
SAS about the same time.

Then do this.....
System Files - SFC Command - Vista Forums

Post back and let us know how things are going..
THW
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09 Aug 2011   #99
MaxPayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mach04 View Post
And I was under the impression that one update and one scan of each program is enough to catch all the viruses and malwares. Thanks for that info Maxpayne.
Haha I'm kinda paranoid when it comes to viruses. Turns out my computer is not clean and there is still malware because I keep getting redirected to spam sites in Google search. I need help.


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Max,
When running scans are you doing the "Full Scan" which takes a lot of time for each one?
MBAM usually takes over an hour.
SAS about the same time.

Then do this.....
System Files - SFC Command - Vista Forums

Post back and let us know how things are going..
THW
Yes I usually run ful scans atm I am running full scans using SAS,MBAM,and Microssoft safety scaner in safe mode. When it is done I will try ur recommendation thanks for your help. Also it looks like its a problem with my registry cuz I remember I used ccleaner to fix registry errors and then that's when the spam started showing up.

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09 Aug 2011   #100
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxPayne View Post

Haha I'm kinda paranoid when it comes to viruses. Turns out my computer is not clean and there is still malware because I keep getting redirected to spam sites in Google search. I need help.


Sent from my HTC Wildfire S using Tapatalk
Max,
When running scans are you doing the "Full Scan" which takes a lot of time for each one?
MBAM usually takes over an hour.
SAS about the same time.

Then do this.....
System Files - SFC Command - Vista Forums

Post back and let us know how things are going..
THW
Yes I usually run ful scans atm I am running full scans using SAS,MBAM,and Microssoft safety scaner in safe mode. When it is done I will try ur recommendation thanks for your help. Also it looks like its a problem with my registry cuz I remember I used ccleaner to fix registry errors and then that's when the spam started showing up.

Sent from my HTC Wildfire S using Tapatalk
If you used CCleaner registry tool without backing up, as it gives you that option,
you may want to try a system restore back to when thing were running smoothly.
Never run any registry cleaner unless you know exactly what you are doing.
THW
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