Anti-Spyware And Anti-Virus Programs Get All Tangled Up

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We’ve already talked about how many people need many different kinds of security applications on their computers — but it looks like those applications may start to conflict. ?Historically, anti-spyware apps have stayed out of the way of anti-virus apps, knowing that anti-virus apps are the granddaddy of Windows security apps and had some “right of way” on more sophisticated scanning techniques. ?However, with the anti-virus companies getting into the anti-spyware game, some of the anti-spyware firms feel they need to use more active scanning techniques, which could conflict with anti-virus apps doing similar scans — causing machines to completely lockup. ?Obviously, that’s not a particularly good situation for anyone. ?Does this mean we’re also going to have to install a special “traffic cop” on our computers to make sure the various anti-something software products don’t conflict and break our computers?

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Anonymous Coward says:

No Subject Given

When you purchase a pc from Dell that comes pre-installed with Symantec/Norton Anti-Virus package, and a pre-installed link to AOL on the desktop with an option to sign-up for AOL online services… as soon as the 60MB download is complete and begins installing, It insists on also installing McAfee Anti-Virus software — even if you already have an Anti-Virus software installed on your system.

It does not ask if you want to uninstall or disable the prior AV software, AOL just installs McAfee as part of it’s built-in “Safety and Security Services”.

By clicking on this certain “Dell recommended ISP” and installing AOL’s McAfee ontop of Dell’s pre-installed version of Norton, you will find your computer no longer to function properly. The system will lock up at windows boot sequence.


GSA says:

Re: Re: No Subject Given

Generally, it’s not the corporate class systems that are populated with bilge. IBM and HP, at least, know that corp IT departments will not stay with them if they preload crap that has to be removed before deployment.

It’s the CONSUMER pc’s that are the problem, and yes, home-brewing your own with an OEM licensed copy of WinXP Pro from Newegg is the solution if you want Windows.

Ed H. says:

Re: No Subject Given

Just last night I allowed my HP notebook to run some kind of monthly recommended checkup. This attempted to run some javascript spyware checker which Norton Anti-virus (bundled with the notebook by HP) caught and stopped. Not quite as bad as making the computer unusable, but it doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence that HP’s tools are worth anything.

On top of that, the Norton AV has expired, so now all it does is threaten me with dire warnings about how my PC is unprotected against spreading threats. My ISP supplies McAfee for free, so I’d like to switch over to that, but I know that’s going to be a pain.

To the dismay of many, the real solution to this will come when Microsoft takes over both the anti-spyware and anti-virus markets.

JB (profile) says:

Re: No Subject Given

I just bought a laptop from Dell and the first thing I did is what I always do with these OEM software bundled pc’s – format it. Get rid of the bullshit system partitions and diagnostic partitions that waste space – kill the bullshit software they try to force you to use and install what works for you. Now I have a PC that is set up right with the software and options i want and it runs much better than it did right out the box.

lar3ry says:

A good traffic cop

WinPooch is a free and pretty good “traffic cop” that doesn’t actually scan for known viruses or spyware, but rather watches out for spyware-like and virus-like activities. It also works with Clam Antivirus, which can scan for known threats. All nice, and all free software.

I find this setup to be more proactive. I mean, if I download a text editor and WinPooch alerts me that it’s listening on some strange port for internet activity, and this behavior is not documented anywhere, it’s a good cause for concern!

In addition, if you are relying on Anti-Spyware utilities, remember there are some spyware companies out there that sue or threaten some anti-spyware utilities that put their programs on the “Spyware” list, saying that they are not spyware, but “adware” (as if that were better). The companies that cave in to such tactics end up with “utilites” that lack the utility that they are supposed to be providing!

? lar3ry

Bernie says:

Spyware vs Antivirus

It’s confusing for sure! My computers have Microsoft’s Anti-Spyware beta, Ad-Aware SE Pro,System Mechanic 4 Pro with popup stopper, plus Panda Antivirus Platinum with popup stoppers, anti-spyware etc. etc. I haven’t taken anything out yet because I don’t understand if they all do the same job the same way. So far everything loads and runs without collisions. That I find amazing.

Minus says:

No Subject Given

Funny, i’ve always tried to maintain 30 or less processes running at all times. I don’t have an A/V, nor Spyware removal. I use Firefox and a firewall. And once a month when i run the antivirus (which i install and immediately remove), and spyware removal, i come up 100 % clean. Except some registry keys which don’t do anything special. I know which sites to visit, and which ones to stay away from, and like this my PC is optimal 10 out of 10 times.

ToeKnee says:


I find it hard to believe so many people put up with this crap. I do consulting and fix a lot of virus/spyware infestations. It’s good income. There are many of us who do this type of freelance work, and most I know do not use Windows at home. Mac and Linux are such better alternatives, especially Mac OS X. Everyone that I’ve helped switch has thanked me for the advice to do that. So, yes, I profit from their misery, but I also present them the alternative… T

Bunk says:

AOL 9.0 vs Norton Security System

MY wife uses AOL 9.0 plus all the security bells and whistles it contains. She also uses Norton Security System. The combination results in a deadly slow computer. It takes 20 seconds for the program menu to pop up after clicking Start. Need I mention that her HP Pavilion a300n has a 2.6 Ghz processor and 256 MB ram? I get the feeling these overlapping security systems get intertwangled and begin thinking THEY are the reason her computer exists.. to keep THEM alive.. to give them purpose.

Tracey says:

Aols Mcafee clashing with my zone alarm

Everytime my desk top loads up I get a message saying some of Mcafees files are missing or corrupt,I am using Aol 9.0 and got Zone Alarm Internet Security and when I run a virus scan I get messgae from Mcafee saying they found a suspisious file on my PC but Zone Alarm is running the scan.I used to have Mcafee internet sercurity and uninstalled it.

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