Mutiple security programs

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Antispyware
malware
Spyware
Trojans
Viruses
worms
Is it okay to have 3 different security programs. To make sure as much spyware, viruses, and worms be identified as possible?

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Yes, it is okay to have multiple programs but they could “beat up” on each other and reduce the performance of the machine. The best option is to have the best of breed in each area or have the program suite from a single vendor who should have tested the applications working together.

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Definitely not, it is not advisable to install multiple or more that 1 security software in your computer system. Remember that every antivirus software constantly scans the entire computer system for potential threats and this could really make your computer in a very slow condition. In addition, it would make your entire system crash because of the conflict between antimalware programs installed.
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Multiple anti-malware programs won’t necessarily cause problems on your machine unless you have more than one configured to scan in real time for threats. If you turn off this feature in all but one application, you should be OK. Then you can manually run individual scans with each tool to thoroughly clean your machine. I have done this in the past with little or no performance degradation. As Michael mentions, a suite with multiple malware tools designed to run in concert with each other is a good solution. Microsoft ForeFront Endpoint Protection is a good one, as is Symantec Endpoint Security.
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  • carlosdl
    Yes it is ok. In fact, I would recommend to do that, but I agree with Labnuke, they could interfere with each other. For example, it is not advisable to have more than one firewall installed/enabled, but it is usually Ok to have more than one anti-spyware program.
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  • MMimoso
    Not sure if you're thinking about a UTM, but this technical tip on SearchMidmarketSecurity.com looks at basic UTM features and gives you some things to think about when it comes to consolidating antivirus and antispyware versus running multiple best-of-breed products.
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  • ToddN2000
    I run multiple myself AVG anti virus, ZoneAlarm fire wall and Spybot Search and Destroy. I have not had any issues running all 3. I still have an occasion where something is caught by one and not the other two. So go ahead and run a few.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Probably so, but why would you? If you use the right program in the first place there's probably no need to have more than one. I would recommend searching for the latest reviews of anti-malware products and make your decision based upon that information as well as actually downloading and trying the software out for yourself.
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