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Windows 7: Windows Defender With Norton or McAFee ?

31 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

I disagree with running WD and Norton 2010 together. Norton 2010 includes an anti-spyware component. WD is an anti-spyware program. You don't need two real-time AS programs running at once. Not just because it is overkill, but because now you have two programs watching the same resources for the same type activity. That sounds like having two sets of eyes watching an asset, and so it "sounds" like a good thing. But perhaps it is best to look at it as two guard dogs watching the same bone. Now it is not such a good thing as the dogs may have conflicts, wondering what that other dog is doing eyeballing his bone.

So I recommend keeping one AS active in real-time, then use the other for periodic supplemental manual scanning.

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31 May 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with SP1

I'm using Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 which looks for spyware and other harmful files. I also looked to see if Windows Defender is running with Kaspersky installed and it is. I haven't had any problems or conflicts between these two products. Windows Update is always downloading definition files for Windows Defender so I know that it's working and doing it's job...hopefully!
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31 May 2010   #13


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
Norton is better than was in past years, but it still takes up a lot of disk space and a large chunk of RAM, and for many, it noticeably degrades overall system performance.
The reason why i left it long time ago back at 2007. Never try the new one yet
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31 May 2010   #14

Arch Linux 64-bit

It's why we left them around 2005. Edit: Or was it also 2007?

Many use anti-spyware/malware programs real-time along with anti-virus programs that also have anti-spyware components. As Digerati points out, it may not be a good idea.
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31 May 2010   #15

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

Yeah, they may play well together, but they may not - and that is the danger. But a complete overlap is just not needed either - assuming you keep your computers and security solutions fully updated and you don't intentionally participate in risky practices, like visiting illegal porn and gambling sites, or partake in illegal filesharing at P2P sites.
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