Anti Spyware/Malware Software questions

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Offline FD

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Anti Spyware/Malware Software questions
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:00:15 AM »
Hello and TIA,

Great site!  I've been doing a lot of reading on keeping my computers safe and found that having only one AV Software is suggested, which I fully understand.  However I'm a bit confused when it comes to Anti Spyware software.  If you do manual scans for Spyware and Malware is there any reason why two different programs can't be on the same system.  EG: Spybot S&D and Super Anti-Spyware for example, or some of the other programs out there?  I'd be doing manual scans at different times?

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Re: Anti Spyware/Malware Software questions
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 11:16:51 AM »
Most antispyware software lives quite nicely with other antispyware software. The ones you have to be careful with are the ones that have other features with them. For instance Lavasoft AdAware used to be a highly recommended antispyware removal tool, but then they combined it with an AntiVirus package. Now if you installed that and you had another Antivirus package installed, there would be conflict.

As for doing manual scans at different times, from the software's point of view there really is no reason to. But from a resource point of view, doing two at the same time will slow them both down. So it is best to run them individually.

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Re: Anti Spyware/Malware Software questions
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 11:25:45 AM »
Thanks.  That's what I thought but I wanted to be sure.

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Re: Anti Spyware/Malware Software questions
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 11:42:22 AM »
You are welcome.

You may want to check out Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware , in my opinion, the pro version is better than anything else available. And the free version is the same, except you have to run it and update it manually, and there is no realtime protection.

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