Computer newbies forum: Can I have multiple antivirus software on my computer.

by: jeffrey_broadbent January 22, 2007 11:52 PM PST

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Can I have multiple antivirus software on my computer.

by jeffrey_broadbent - 1/22/07 11:52 PM

OK, I am very new to computers and the only advice I got was from the shop keeper. Thanks to this foram I've learned a great deal. Thankyou. What I have learned so far about security is I can only use one firewall, and I can use multiple anti ad/spy/mal software. Can I use multiple anti-virus software? If I can only use one active program, can I use other software just to do regular scans but have them switched of at other times?
My System:
Notebook, Windows XP home
Norton Anti-virus 2006 paid version, with firewall
Ad Aware free
Windows Defender
My plan is to get rid of Norton, because it hasn't done anything at all. I will download a free firewall. eg Zone Alarm or Comando. I will download some more free Anti spyware software so I will atleast have 3-4. Now I just have to think about Anti-virus. Can I download 2 or 3 anti-virus programs, have one as the active one, and the other just to do regular scans. Thanks. I don't mind paying out some cash, but freebees would be prefered.

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