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    Re: Two virus programs on same PC

    Two anti-virus programs active at the same time are likely to bite each other, in particular the real-time protection. So you should use only one.

    The same holds for firewalls. On the contrary, it is a good idea to use multiple anti-spyware programs, since there is no single one that catches all malware.

    About the choice of anti-virus programs, both have fans and enemies, so it's a toss-up.

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    Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    Hi -

    I've read where having 2 AV running is not a good idea, and I've heard the contrary.

    My new PC came w/McAfee. A friend installed Norton for me. Should I delete one, and which would you suggest. Should I disable one?

    Thanks very much,
    ACM

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    Re: Two virus programs on same PC

    Thank you for your succinct response.

    ACM

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    Re: Two virus programs on same PC

    Hans has given you the straight scoop on using two AV progs at once.

    I'll be the first to say remove the McAfee AV.
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    Re: Two virus programs on same PC

    Thanks. Shall do as you suggest.

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    Re: Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    I would keep the one with the paid-up license. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> But seriously, why not try each for a month and see which you prefer? Both will catch the great majority of threats, and the differences lie more in the interface, ease of updating, integration (for better or worse) with other programs, and overall impact on system performance. I bet that after a month you will have a definite preference, or you'll be indifferent one way or the other. (Have I left out any possibilities? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> )

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    Re: Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    Hi, Jefferson -

    I was thinking that since McAfee is "fee" with AOL 9, perhaps I'd go with that because, if I ran into trouble, I might get help there or on some of the boards.

    Bob did seem quite definite in ditching it, however....

    ACM

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    Re: Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    On the other hand, some users seem to find that Norton can have quite an impact on system performance. It does seem to slow some computers down, while others get on very well with it.

    Ian

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    Re: Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    ACM,
    You look like you are caught between a rock and a hard place with this.

    Everyone has their own ideas and thoughts and recommendations. For me, I wouldn't touch McAfee with a ten foot pole but there may be others who swear by (at) it.

    Perhaps Jefferson's suggestion would be best for you. Try one for a while then the other but in all cases only have one at a time enabled.
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    Re: Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    I expect that ALL AV programs have performance issues.

    With regard to NAV, I expect that many folkes forget to disable the NAV Office plug-in, but remember to enable NAV's auto-protect.
    Today, I'm using NAV 2004.
    Subscription ex[ires in about 2 weeks, at which tyme I'll install NAV 2005.
    IMNSHO, "support" is no longer in Symantec's vocabulary.

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    Re: Two anti-virus programs on same PC

    I have moved away from Nortons and am using F-Prot from http://www.f-prot.com.
    It is a LOT cheaper and does a great job.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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