Why use multiple anti-virus applications?

Question

In your article about Spybots and the Spybot virus you mentioned that it is unnecessary to run both the Ad Aware a Spybot search and Destroy applications on the same machine. I have found that wither application catches everything, so running both can ge a definite plus. WHat one misses the other catches.

This is similar to the issue of multiple anti-virus applications, a primary and a backup are always good security practice.

Redundancy IS your Friend

Dave E

Answer

This question was answered on June 3, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

For years, removing ad-serving software (often called adware or spyware ) from your desktop has been the job of one product: Ad-aware by Lavasoft But there's a new game in town PepiMK Software's Spybot offers a wealth of useful features that, frankly, should send Lavasoft back to the drawing board Spybot delivers useful tools such as an e-mail list of opt-out addresses to stop unwanted solicitations and a file shredder to securely overwrite unwanted files deleted from your PC--all of which Ad-aware Standard Edition lacks Best of all, Spybot does it all for free For protection against ad-serving software, Trojan horses, and other means of tracking your surfing habits, get Spybot.

Spybot Search and Destroy is available only as a free 2.31MB download; there's no boxed version The program installs in a flash and automatically places an icon on your desktop for quick access.

Before starting, there's a legal disclaimer that says if you remove advertising robots (or spybots ) from your computer with Spybot, you may not be able to continue using the host program Chances are, if you download a freeware product, the end-user license agreement says that you agree to the advertising placed on your computer as a result Removing it with Spybot may make the freeware unusable Although the two products do basically the same thing, this disclaimer is missing from Ad-aware

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 3, 2003