"Multi-layering" security itself a hazard?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by 6MONTAGE, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. 6MONTAGE

    6MONTAGE New Member

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    On the one hand, articles I've read recommend using several programs, antivirus and antispyware and antimalware, for security.

    On the other hand, I've been told by a techie that using more than one resident anti-spyware program can itself cause instability in the operating system and applications.

    Which is correct?

    Any guru who wishes to share what they do?
     
  2. Yeti

    Yeti VIP Member

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    Well, I could see there being conflicts if two real-time protection programs are running. Other than that the only thing I know of is that one anti-spyware program will quarantine a file and another program will scan that quarantine and pick it out which can cause problems. Can anyone else think of any more reasons?
     
  3. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    well in the case of antispyware utilities, if you use something that blocks spyware from installing it could cause the 2nd install blocker to see it as a spyware program blocking install of a real program and block it there by letting it though. This is probably rare and may never happen but running 2 live protection things is almost always a bad idea. Multiple scanners is ok, just not multiple 'live protection' type programs
     
  4. Sebouh

    Sebouh New Member

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    well that's true, i use one real time protection for spyware and 3 (including itself) for just scanning. For Firewall and AntiVirus protection, i use norton Internet Security.
     

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