Spyware, viruses, & security forum: Can You Really Have 2 Anti-Viral Programs on One Computer?

by: analyzerbunny September 20, 2008 10:01 AM PDT

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Can You Really Have 2 Anti-Viral Programs on One Computer?

by analyzerbunny - 9/20/08 10:01 AM

My desktop computer was recently taken down by a virus and was in the shop for week getting reformatted and fresh OS install of Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3.

The computer technician recommended I keep the Avast program he had installed on the computer and to use Fix It 8 as a utility and its anti-viral program as a back up but to make sure they weren't both running at the same time.

As it turned out, I wasn't able to get Fix It 8 back on my desktop after uninstalling it for troubleshooting purposes and decided to check out ESET NOD 3.0 as an alternative back up antiviral program.

ESET told me to make sure I uninstalled any antivirus programs on my computer before installing ESET because it could cause system instability, apparently, even if both of the programs are not running simulataneously.

So, what options do I have?

Is it too risky to have a second antivirus program on one computer even if they are not running at the same time?

If one can have two antivirus programs, does it matter which 2 programs you have?

I'd love to get opinions from people about this and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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