Too many security programs . . .

Discussion in 'Security' started by alsoalanwake, Jul 21, 2011.

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    alsoalanwake

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    I'm digitally dusting off the ol' hard drive and I noticed several antivirus and other security programs installed on my computer. These programs were originally installed at request of the university I attended during the school year, but I'm curious if all of these programs are necessary or if some of them are obsolete or redundant (i.e., is there something that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware does that Symantec Endpoint Protection doesn't?)

    The list of programs that are currently installed:
    Ad-Aware (Lavasoft)
    Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes)
    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Symantec Endpoint Protection
    Windows Defender


    I want to keep Symantec and Defender, but the other three, can I delete?

    Thanks.
     
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    clifford_cooley

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    These two are primarily spy-ware scanners:
    • Ad-Aware (Lavasoft) (This one would be my choice, if I were to use one)
    • Spybot - Search & Destroy

    This one is recommended by many, as a manual AV scanner:
    • Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes)

    Me personally, I use MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) and Malwarebytes as a secondary manual scanner. MSE when installed will disable Defender as it is a better defense than Defender.

    Wiki link - Windows Defender
     
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    alsoalanwake

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    Thanks for the quick reply -- so would you recommend that I uninstall Symantec and Defender?
     
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    clifford_cooley

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    I'm afraid I can't recommend that, as I know very little about Symantec.

    Defender on the other hand is a very basic protection. If you have a stronger solution installed, I'm fairly confident Defender can be disabled without repercussions.
     
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    TAZORAC

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    Personally I would delete symantec and defender. I only have spybot and anti-malware installed on my pc
     
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    How old is Symantec? Asking because I switched over from ESET NOD32 to Norton AV 2010 when I got an infrection that NOD32 missed. I have found the new Norton AV to be one of the best out there. So, you should look into upgrading your Symantec to Norton AV 2012 -- and keep it.
     
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