July 29, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Wow, our members came through in a big way this week, hitting another record number of submissions! Jon, you wanted advice and recommendations about running more than one antivirus utility and suggestions for a good free antivirus app. You got it! Let me just summarize what our members had to say. More than 80 percent recommended AVG Anti-Virus by Grisoft as a free antivirus utility, and 85 percent agreed that running two antivirus apps is not a good idea. Wanna know why? Let's start with this week's winning answer by Gary, who explains in detail why it's not good to run two antivirus apps, and he also gives his favorite picks of free antivirus utilities. But don't stop there; we have some incredible, well-written honorable mentions and other suggestions from our members. Hopefully, with this information, Jon, you and others will be able to choose good antivirus protection. If any of you have more recommendations for free or paid antivirus utilities or have successfully run two antivirus apps at the same time, please join us in this week's discussion. Have a great weekend, and thanks for your participation!
Member Question of the Week
I am running--and paying for--Norton AntiVirus on my PC at
home; the computer is about a year old. I've heard some good
things about free antivirus software that is equal to if not
better than Norton. I'd like to try some out while I still
have Norton. Is it OK to run more than one antivirus
application at the same time? Which are the best of the free
applications and where can I get them? Thanks in advance.
Jon C. of Athens, Georgia
You've asked two questions here, Jon. Let's answer them in turn. Is it OK to run more than one antivirus application at the same time? It is generally not recommended to run more than one antivirus software on a PC. To understand why, you must understand how they work. Antivirus software runs in the background from the moment you start your computer or from the moment Windows loads, depending on the software. Every time you run a program or open a file, it is scanned by the antivirus app before it is loaded into the memory. You may have noticed that after you installed Norton on your computer, it started to run slower. This is because the antivirus software uses large amounts of memory and resources...
Gary P. of Atlanta, Georgia
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