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Is it beneficial to run two anti-virus programs such as Norton and Windows Security Essentials at the same time or will it consume too many resources?

asked Jun 06 '10 at 21:33

RyanGoulet12's gravatar image


From my experiance no, they might conflict with each other

answered Jun 06 '10 at 21:34

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NO, that will make it worse. The two sometimes fight each other and can even seem to freeze up the whole system in the process because they keep preempting each other.

Whether you pick a good one or not, pick only one.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 21:34

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I'm so proud of you all! I've taught you well. ;-)

(Jul 29 '10 at 02:08) Kat ♦♦ Kat's gravatar image

No, they will attack each other. And they will hog recourses.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 21:34

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Liam Quade

The solution that I use is running some distribution of Linux. There are virtually no viruses for Linux, and most distributions of Linux are free and fast. If you want to get the most speed out of your computer, than use Linux.

PS: If you didn't know by now, it's not the best thing trying to run two antivirus programs at the same time.

answered Jul 29 '10 at 00:22

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eh. telling someone to switch to a completely different OS might not be the right approach. but i love linux :)

(Jul 29 '10 at 00:43) Longhorn Longhorn's gravatar image

Well to start out with, you don't need it if you're using a Mac. But if you're not, then don't use 2 at the same time. There is a good chance they will find each other, and problems will occur. It's possible that if that happens, it will tell you you have viruses that you don't really have and you'll end up spending money to get it repaired that you don't have to.

answered Jul 29 '10 at 00:24

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Mark Devens

running 2 antiviruses causes more harm then good. they can conflict with each other and probably think themselves are viruses.

answered Jul 29 '10 at 00:44

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No it dose not do noting more than one anti-virus program. They both well probable well do the same thing at ones. But if you do it well not crate problems on you computer but you do need one.

answered Jul 29 '10 at 00:50

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No! Don't run more than one Anti-Virus. They may conflict/fight each other and do much more harm than good.

answered Jul 29 '10 at 00:51

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I believe that they may conflict with each other and you will have an unstable experience...

answered Jul 29 '10 at 03:28

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Jan Cauchi

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