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Old 09-16-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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I have McAfee Security in my system, but some of my friends think I should have a second one, as a backup, since one security system cannot do it all. Something that I can run now and then. What do you guys, think?
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:33 PM
 
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Well, my recommendation is to just get something else, period. McAfee is tops on one aspect ... and that's taking up system resources.

Beyond that, having a second antivirus program installed at the same time is just asking for trouble; the two will be constantly fighting each other, even if it's just for "now and then".

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Old 09-17-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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Narf pretty much said what I would, except I'll add that you don't want to consider replacing Mcafee with Norton, you won't be any better off.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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Anti virus programs do not play nicely together, even if you were to install one to run manually you're probably going to run into issues.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:28 AM
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Anti virus programs do not play nicely together, even if you were to install one to run manually you're probably going to run into issues.
This is what I was going to say. I have a friend who used to have Norton and Microsoft Security Essentials installed. He watched in horror one day as both detected the same virus and engaged in a tug-of-war, moving a single infected file back and forth between their respective quarantine folders on his hard drive several times a minute.

I use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and I figure that if you can't trust the company that sold you the operating system, maybe you shouldn't be using that operating system.
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Old 09-18-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Scranton
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and I figure that if you can't trust the company that sold you the operating system, maybe you shouldn't be using that operating system.
And that's why I switched to Linux. No antivirus needed here.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and I figure that if you can't trust the company that sold you the operating system, maybe you shouldn't be using that operating system.
Nothing to do with trusting the company, it is about trusting the software, it has to be reliable and efficient, and we all know how MS really scores in that respect regardless of their market share.

As far as trusting goes, why would you trust MS or any other company just because you use their software? All versions of Windows 9x and above "phones" home and also have hidden disabled accounts that who knows why would be implemented in the first place or how they can be enabled remotely?
MS invades the privacy of their consumers to fight the piracy of their products so to speak. Just because I do or have to use their product doesn't mean I have to spread open my legs to that company any more than the company (secretly or not) forces me to.


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And that's why I switched to Linux. No antivirus needed here.
I have to disagree, if you are connecting to Internet (or any kind of LAN/WAN) you are not safe regardless of the OS you are using.
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