Can I run these 3 anti-malware programs at the same time?

By ChriskK
Mar 6, 2011
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  1. I'm running Norton Endpoint Protection, which provides protection against, viruses, spyware and Internet threats. Can I also run "Ad-Aware" and "Spyware Blaster" in addition to Norton?

    I recently had an aweful experience due to a Rootkit virus and want to be protected as best as possible.
  2. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    As for universal logic: yes, you can run all three anti-malware programs at the same time, but be prepared for some major slow-downs. Usually just one "anti-all" program like avast! is sufficient, and two different is almost overkill. As for three, well if your PC can handle it: then for all means, there seems not to be any major software-incompatibly between those three stated.

    But be prepared that it might slow your PC down quite a bit.
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    As the above answer correctly stated, there’s no incompatibility between the 3 tools you mention.

    What you shouldn’t run simultaneously is two antivirus utilities, but only Norton is such, the other two are in a different category often called anti-spy. In fact, Spyware Blaster isn’t even that and is not running in the normal sense, but protects in the background thru your hosts file.

    It’s not a bad idea to have all 3 on at the same time. As regards delays, it depends on the capabilities of your system which you don’t mention, but should have done. However, personally I wouldn’t expect delays to be excessive.
  4. ChriskK

    ChriskK TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I have 3 desktops. The slowest one has an Intel dual core 3.14GHz CPU and the fastest one has an Intel quad core 3.33GHz CPU. All the 3 PCs have 4 GB RAM and the OS is Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I'm running Norton and Spyblaster and will add Ad-aware and see if it slows down my systems.
  5. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 799   +16

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