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Swirtching anti-virus programs


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waynf

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Please advise if during download of new anti-virus program if currently being used program needs to be removed ahead of downloading new program, or can i wait until the the download is complete, but before it is set up.
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A person can have umpteen different Anti Virus programs in a download folder but only 1 must be run at any given time.

If an AV is running and then a person decides to run the executable file on another AV whilst the first is still running then problems can occur.
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Hi -
Here's the way I like to see it done,
first, download the new anti-virus program, say to the desktop, but don't install it yet.
second, download the removal tool for the old anti-virus program, and again don't run it yet.
(here is a list of removal tools should you need to find the tool for your current AV)

Now that you have your files --

Uninstall the old anti virus program via the control panel.
Run the removal tool for the old anti virus, which usually requires a reboot of the system

Last, install the new anti virus - note that you would not have been going to any internet sites without protection by grabbing the new AV before doing anything else.
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I would have downloaded from filehippo.com which I assume is a fairly safe site.
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There's nothing wrong with FileHippo Wayne.

The replies from myself and Crowbar should provide you with all the information you need mate.
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I would have downloaded from filehippo.com which I assume is a fairly safe site.


I think it's a safe site.
Which anti-virus are you planning on removing, and which are you planning on installing in the other one's place?

My colleague Wolfeymole is %100 correct, you don't want 2 AV programs running at once.
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I am planning on removing Avira vers. 13.0.0.2693 Free Version as it will not update properly
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Thanks. I learned a long time ago that only one can be run at a time, just wanted to make sure that I was protected while doing the download on the new anti-virus program.
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