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Anti virus is it ok to run 2 or more anti virus in my computer... and how to check if im running 2 or more anti virus? where can i find the anti virus in the my computer

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Hi,

You of course can run multiple instances of anti-virus programs in your computer assuming that the anti-virus will allow competition in the resources. However. more often, this would only eat on your memory and processor so it is not advisable and there is no significant gain if using 2 or more anti virus bot several downside.

How to check what anti-virus is running, there are several ways:
1. Go Start, All Programs and check what anti virus has been installed;
2. Go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Program, the programs installed would be listed including your anti-virus;
3. Go to Start, Run, type "msconfig". next window go to Startup tab, it will show what programs are running upon Windows start up including your anti-virus.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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    Hi hopeangel,

    May I ask pls why was this rated "Inappropriate"?

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Never install more than one anti-virus in your computer. they conflict and cause problems.

Look at all the icons on the bottom left of the task bar near the time.

move your mouse over it and it will tell you what it is. If you ahve two anti-virus running you will see two icons for different types of anti-virus.

you can also go to the control panel and click on add and remove programs, select non-windows programs and it will show you the list of softwares installed on your computer. Check everyone to see if it is a anti-virus. you can google any of them if you are not sure what they are.

common anti-viruses are norton, mcafee, avg

thee are
anti-virus softwares
anti-adware softwares
anti-spyware softwares
anti-phishing softwares

you can install them together but not multiple types of each one.

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

Yes, it's ok. anti-virus' are programs, so you can look in the start menu under programs, or in the C drive

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

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