Can I install two anti virus programmes at a time on my computer?

@dhawanbm (3705)
India
May 31, 2009 12:36pm CST
Well it sounds great to install two anti virus programmes at a time, is it possible as it might invade into each others funcioning. Would computer be safe and work properly after that!
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@rakesh284 (1473)
• India
1 Jun 09
I think it is possible to have two anti-virus in your system but you have to find two compatible ones. Or you can even turn to typical Trojan, Spyware or Malware removers along with a good anti-virus because they are compatible with different anti-virus.
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
1 Jun 09
What like compatible ones made from same ware or manufacturer One I am using is avg, its very soft on every virus and doesnt detect any one, all are welcome although the update is on and it is frequently updating but It fails miserably!
@rakesh284 (1473)
• India
2 Jun 09
I think you should try some Spyware or Trogan remover and one Anti-virus. They are not effecting your current anti-virus. They are distinguished from their basic use.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
1 Jun 09
I think they would invade each other's functions but, if you set them well enough, I guess you can make them work well together. Then again, installing two anti-virus programs might lessen the performance of your computer as such applications do take a good amount of resources from your computer.
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
1 Jun 09
conflict or say lessen the performance would it be fine with net browsing or say general programmes like videos microsoft word etc?
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
I would say that, if you installed an anti virus application, say Norton alone consumes too much resources in your computer, and another anti virus application, it will lessen the speed of general applications like that you have mentioned. (-_-")
@swatig (1187)
• India
31 May 09
offcourse, its possible because i have installed in mine system avg and avast and its from quite some time and giving no problem at all. running easily and smothly. no problem in updating them at all. same way you will also install two or more anti-virus program in your system. go ahead, and do the same. thanks, swatig
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
31 May 09
oh swatig its becoming very confusing with every response i am getting are you sure of the results and the system works fine!
@s4dm4n (46)
• Bangladesh
31 May 09
Dude dont say this again,ppl will laugh at you...avg + avast
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
1 Jun 09
I believe that to have two anti-virus applications running actively on the same system, there will be conflicts. Some years ago, I tried installing Norton Anti-virus into someone's notebook, not knowing that there was another anti-virus application present. During installation, Norton detected the other application, and wouldn't proceed unless the other application was deleted. Anyway, I think it is good to just stick to just one good anti-virus program, make sure it is always current and is protecting your system. Even if you can run two anti-virus programs side by side, you may not wish to because they are quite intensive in consuming your system resources.
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
1 Jun 09
There will be a conflict and they wont detect the corrupt files or there would be software problem and on the same the system would work wrongly. Although double protection is there? System resources would be utilized how?
@lcainiao (201)
• China
1 Jun 09
No, No, No, No, Do not do that. Many anti-virus softwares have the same enginee, they use the same system files and they will take same IRQs. If you intall two anti-virus utilizations, your system will often not only crash but very slowly as well. trust me, don't install more than one anti-virus software in a computer.
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
1 Jun 09
Are you sure the system will crash due to the use of two programmes, I think it is possible and I have heard it somewhere in comp books?
@spam28 (26)
• Australia
1 Jun 09
Maybe it works, but i think it is pointless to install two Anti Virus Programs I have tried this some years ago and the result was that i formated my Computer. Its better to get one good like nod32,Kaspersky,G-Data,Symantec and update it daily. You will get professional Support and some extra tools. Usually i run once a month Hijack this truth my PC and look for striking things. Spam28
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
1 Jun 09
You want to say one is enough and it works perfectly fine but at times I get spam due to use of avg, it seems its installed but useless one!
• India
31 May 09
i dont think so..computers can behave stupidly..two antiviruses can conflict.as i have experience it twice.so installing two antiviruses might be risky.may be some two specific can be compatible with each other
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
1 Jun 09
risky means some sort of conflict or the programmes dont work or dont detect viruses What about compatiablity?
@goapples (129)
31 May 09
You should never install more than one anti virus on a system as they more interfere with each other and provide less protection than just one. Yet you can have more than one on so long as you disable the other anti virus and only use it to scan your computer "on demand", but remember most anti viruses make changes to your system so if you have more then one it will cause slow downs, and even computer crashes.
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
31 May 09
two shouldnt be installed and one should be kept silent mode or disabled!
• India
31 May 09
Yes you can but this will make your pc damn slow.Just stick to one antivirus program and update it regularly.Also,install a anti-spyware software alongwith your antivirus and your pc will become atmost safe.
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
31 May 09
so you think its possible and the two would work but the system would slow down and it would work properly!
@s4dm4n (46)
• Bangladesh
31 May 09
No u cant,u should not and u dont have to,most of the antivirus wont install if there is an antivirus already existing in the pc.And more over having more than 1 antivirus in pc will slow down ur pc and even ur system can crash down...
@dhawanbm (3705)
• India
31 May 09
one cant put two or two wont work its some what confusing, Both antivirus will clash or what will happen exactly someone said it works fine!
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
There are antiviruses that cannot be installed together and functioning together at one time. Some can be but it will obviously slow down your system. The best thing to do is to choose only one that you find good from among the rest. Aside from that, installing a spyware and malware would also be great.
• Bangladesh
8 Jun 09
Well I would say that would be a very bad idea. By two antivirus programs, if you mean one for virus guard and another for spywares/addwares/firewall, then that would be fine. But two antivirus like Kaspersky and Norton!!!! They will simply fight with each other instead of with the virus even if you are able to install both at the same time. Some free antivirus programs are weak so they allow two/more to exists but the big boys will not let you do that at the very beginning. So, instead of thinking about two, just get a powerful one and your pc will be happy while the virus will have hard times.
@xiaouie15 (290)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
Of course you can install two or more antivirus applications on your computer as long as they can co-exist at the same time. However, it is not advisable to run two or more antivirus applications at the same time because it is possible for the two applications to conflict with each other and may extremely slow things down.
@May2k8 (3681)
• Indonesia
2 Jun 09
Yes you can have two anti virus in your computer, but you must disable one of anti virus. When anti virus is running together, it will crash your program because the anti virus confusing if there are using same method.
• United States
2 Jun 09
No, you can not put 2 antivirus on your computer. My sil has to me not to do that. In fact if you put a new one on your computer you need to take the old one off your computer before adding a new one to your computer.
• Australia
2 Jun 09
There is plenty of conflicting advice here; but if you trust the company that supplies your virus protection, you should also trust their advice: they all say DO NOT install more than one. You could argue that they just want to avoid the competition, but even the free programs give the same advice; and I know from experience that installing two programs can lead to errors. Firstly, many virus programs look like a virus or a trojan or a worm to other scanners and they will try to block each other or quarantine the "offending" application. Depending on your settings, you might never know this has happened. Secondly, the programs and the background operations take up memory and disk space; so does the "quarantine" section where suspect programs are stored. That is a waste of resources and an excellent way to slow down your computer. Thirdly, anti-virus programs may conflict with each other ~ applying different options to the same file for instance, or trying to access the same protected memory locations, or even trying to prevent each other accessing sensitive areas like the Boot Sector. A good antivirus program will catch as many viruses as an equally good alternative, and if it misses one you can be pretty sure it will be the same one that will fool the other application. Choose the best from the independent reviews on-line and avoid the risk of installing a competing program. In this case, less really is more!