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Old 03-20-2017, 08:43 AM   #1
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Is there any known way to have to actively monitoring antivirus programs protecting your computer at the same time. I know you can have a second program and manually scan with it. Just wanted to know if there was any way to have 2 actively scanning programs at the same time.
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Hi, and welcome to TSF.

The short answer is no but heres a brief explanation.

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NOTE – only ever have one AV installed and running on your system. Having more than one installed may seem like a good idea, but most AVs contain a ‘real time’ scanning system. If you have more than one installed then each system will be constantly trying to check files that the other system has just checked, and so on. We often find users reporting slowdowns, Blue Screens of Death (BSOD) and other ‘odd’ symptoms that are cured when they uninstall their second AV.

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Normal programs are designed to coexist without conflicts. But real time AV scanners are by no means normal programs. They integrate themselves into the OS and do things that normal programs are really not supposed to do. Things like looking at the code and data of other programs. But they must do these things in order to do their job. Such programs are not designed to coexist with each other and the results of doing so are unpredictable. Potential problems include poor performance, system instability, and less protection (or none) than you would get from one program.
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