running multiple virus scans

Discussion in 'Computers' started by elcaminojoe, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. elcaminojoe

    elcaminojoe Registered Member

    K. There is a silent debate over this out there in the tech world, but I have never found a DEFINITE answer. and maybe there's not. But I want to know what people think.

    Is it ok/acceptable/good to run AV scans from different appications "at the same time"????

    ex: doing scans in AVG, Avast, NOD32, Kaspersky, Ad-Aware, Spybot, and MalwareBytes all at the same time.

    i dont see how it is too bad of a problem (if your processor can handle that much scanning) unless they conflict with each other and/or give false-positives, or other things of that nature.

  2. WesJones87

    WesJones87 RayzorBlade87

    I wouldn't know a definite answer, as I only use one.

    I would assume it would be ok though, as things that cannot be detected by one will probably be detected by another. If your processor can handle it, then there shouldn't be a problem.
  3. Wade8813

    Wade8813 Registered Member

    We had a computer that had a lot of problems, and the having 2 AV systems seemed to be the cause of it (not even necessarily doing a simultaneous scans even, just having them).
  4. elcaminojoe

    elcaminojoe Registered Member

    now THAT is something i've never heard of. Maybe because you had the resident "always on/background scanning" feature of both of them on at the same time. that's....interesting. :shocked:

    ATARIGUY Beermister

    When I run my scans I run them 1 at a time but never more than one type of scan, like I will run 1 virus scan, 1 spyware scan and so on not 2 different virus scans or 2 different spyware scans.
  6. EllyDicious

    EllyDicious made of AMBIGUITY V.I.P. Lifetime

    well...first off, it's impossible to run the all the AV at the same time because it causes crashes on your system.
    anyway, the only double scan you can do is when you have an AV and an Antimalware.
    i don't think it causes any problem for the system.
  7. Psyco

    Psyco Food Whore

    It wouldn't necessarily crash your system, but it will slow them down to a crawl.

    Honestly, you don't really need more than 1 virus program, and 1-2 spyware scanners. Depending on the anti-virus programs, they might not play nicely if two or more are installed on a computer at once. (IE: the two "resident programs" might not be compatable, or they might both need to use the same system files...)
  8. elcaminojoe

    elcaminojoe Registered Member

    i know that two "resident" ones would definitely not work together, but I am just saying that if you "selectively scan" with two different Av programs the same disk or files at the same time. maybe no one NEEDS multiple AV programs, but it is nice, especially when one doesn't detect things. I have found that AVG is starting to suck it its current version for some reason, and I have taken a liking to Avast now, though I still like to have AVG up as well. ANYway.
  9. Sigurd

    Sigurd Internet Dig Dug

    I think you could run multiple scans on your computer but it wouldn't be effective it would probably cause each scan to lag and they could crash if your computer was rather terrible

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