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dbrodsky

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I have been installing and running many security programs. I would like to know if there is any known conflicts between these programs. I currently have:

1) Norton Anti-Virus
2) McAfee Firewall
3)(Ewido)AVG Anti-Spyware
4) Super Anti-Spyware
5) Ad-Aware Free with constantly running Ad-Watch
6) Spybot Search and Destroy
7) SpywareBlaster
8) SpywareGuard
9) WinPatrol

In addition,
What about replacing McAfee Firewall with ZoneAlarm Firewall? McAfee has some conflicts with Norton Anti-virus
What about downloading Windows Anti-Spyware, IE-SPYAD, and Windows Defender? Would these be helpful or redundant?

Thanks for the help in advance
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An internet security suite will probably be cheaper than seperate firewall and anti virus, especially from different companies

Norton 2007 may not like spybot, search and destroy

Windows Anti-Spyware became Windows Defender

If you run all those, check they are not all set to scan at start up
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Thanks. I am a rookie when it comes to internet security, so I have been loading anything and everything recommended everywhere.

My startup takes a while, so maybe that is part of the problem. When I have time, I plan to go through all my startup programs and figure-out what each one is. As for now, I will make sure that all of these do not scan at startup.

Thanks for the help.
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It seems best practice to have only one active firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware application running on the system at any time. More can actually result in less protection, and create system conflicts/problems.

So~ best to choose one of these: AVG anti-spy, Ad-aware Ad-watch, Spybot Teatimer, SuperAntiSpyware client. Personally, I would go with AVG as the full-time, and reduce the others to scan-on-demand, and run them each once a week.

Any number of "scan only" programs can be used one at a time.

My personal experience is that SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard "play well with others."
SpywareBlaster, of course, does not run full-time, and SpywareGuard seems to create no conflicts with my AVG anti-virus, Comodo firewall, and A-Squared AntiMalware full-time client.

One rarely hears about WinPatrol causing any problems whatsoever. It is actually a different sort of application.

If you are experiencing trouble after selecting one anti-spyware client, I would suspect Norton. There really are better alternatives. It gave me so much trouble that I tossed it out with 9 months left to go.

For more of what I have learned about layering my security, see my Vox: http://doc1101.vox.com/ No ads, no cookies, no live links, just info.
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