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  • Please redirect me if this question should be in a different group. I'm currently running both Symantec Endpoint Protection and MS Security Essentials thinking that one was an anti-virus and the other anti-spyware. My understanding was that this was OK to do and that they would complement each other. People are telling me this is not a good idea, that it will lead to system slowness and instability. Can I get some expert opinion on this please? Is MSE basically anti-spyware and OK to run in parallel with anti-virus, or does it add nothing new to the table?
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1:54 PM

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  • MSE is both an anti-virus and antispyware.

    You should only run one active anti-virus at a time.

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:27 AM
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:22 PM

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  • MSE is both an anti-virus and antispyware.

    You should only run one active anti-virus at a time.

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:27 AM
    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:22 PM
  • At this point there seems to be no disagreement with the one response, so I guess the answer is only one AV program should be running. I'll make the appropriate changes. Thanks.
    Friday, May 20, 2011 7:06 PM
  • Hi,

    Support for MSE is through Answers - MSE Forums

    Microsoft Answers - MSE Forums
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect

    When you remove an antivirus/security program uninstall it then run the maker's Removal
    Tool and/or check for special removal instructions as they can leave trouble causing remnants.

    How to manually uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 11.0
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/docid/2007101615023748

    How to manually uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection client from Windows 2000, XP and 2003, 32-bit Editions
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/docid/2007073018014248

    Norton Removal Tool for other Norton Products
    http://service1.symantec.com/support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039

    Symantec Support
    http://www.symantec.com/support/index.jsp

    List of anti-malware program cleanup/uninstall tools
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msestart/thread/407bf6da-c05d-4546-8788-0aa4c25a1f91/

    ====================================

    Here is what I use and recommend : (These are all Free versions and very effective.) 

    Avast and Prevx have proven extremely reliable and compatible with everything I have
    thrown at them. Microsoft Security Essentials and Prevx have also proven to be very
    reliable and compatible. Use MSE and Prevx or Avast and Prevx however not all 3.

    Avast Home Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web, and
    Network running.

    Prevx - Home - Free

    Windows Firewall

    Windows Defender (not needed if using MSE)

    IE - Protected Mode

    IE 8 - SmartScreen Filter ON  (IE 7 Phishing Filter)

    I also have IE to always start with InPrivate Filter active if IE 8.
    (You occasionally have to turn it temporarily off with the little Icon on LEFT of the + bottom
    right of IE)

    Two versions of Avast are available 6.x and 4.8x

    Avast 6.x - Home - Free - Stop the Shields you do not use (except File, Web, Network, &
    Behavior) - double click the Orange Icon in Notification Area - Real Time Shields - click the
    Shield you want to stop - STOP. To stop the Orange Icon from showing an error indicator -
    click the Orange Icon - Upper Right - Settings - click Status Bar - uncheck the Shields you
    disabled - click OK
    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    Avast 4.8x - Home - Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web,
    and Network running. (Double Click Blue icon - details next to OK. - upper left Shields -
    Terminate those you do not use.)
    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4

    Or use Microsoft Security Essentials - Free
    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

    Prevx works well along side Avast or MSE

    Prevx - Home - Free small, fast, exceptional CLOUD protection, works with other security
    programs. This is a scanner only, VERY EFFECTIVE, if it finds something come back here
    or use Google to see how to remove. 
    http://www.prevx.com/   <-- information
    http://info.prevx.com/downloadcsi.asp  <-- download

    PCmag - Prevx - Editor'a Choice
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346862,00.asp

    Also get Malwarebytes - free - use as scanner only. If you ever suspect malware, and that
    would be unsual with Avast and Prevx running except for an occasional low level cookie
    (no big deal), UPDATE it and then run it as a scanner. I have many scanners and they
    never find anything of note since I started using this setup.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Hope this helps.


    Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
    Friday, May 20, 2011 11:59 PM