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  1. #11
    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Strangely, AVG is one that could run with some other AVs. I say this because my testing indicates that it activates when a file is opened. If you have a scanner that looks at the file first and doesnt find anything, it will have finished with it before AVG takes a look.

    I have just loaded E-trust EZArmour and AVG on this box and it seems to work OK.

    I once loaded 5 AVs on one box and showed them a diskette of chaos!


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    Hmmm, i think "Norton AntyVirus 2002" is the best ;-)

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    Senior Member therenegade's Avatar
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    I've been looking at a lot of posts saying that using more than AV makes your system exactly does it happen?

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    Some Assembly Required ShagDevil's Avatar
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    The most recent PC World article Bigger Threats, Better Defense posted the results of tests performed on a various group of AV scanners. If anything, it appears (according to this article) that Norton actually has a better detection rate then most of the AV's tested. There were some drawbacks as well (slow scans, system hog) as mentioned in this thread already. Amazingly enough, AVG Pro didn't do very well posting the worst detection performance of the AV's tested. Of course this is only one test, with certain pre-established criteria that's hopefully unbiased and not influenced by any ' hidden agendas'.
    It takes more than one crappy review for me to change my mind about a product anyways.

    As for running multiple AV's at once, I recently found that to be a problem on my system. I had Norton 2003 and more recently, AVG 6.0 (free version) and there apparently was some kind of conflict with AVG's startup file Avgcc32.exe and Norton's startup file(s) ccEvtMgr.exe and/or ccRegVfy.exe that would cause my system to halt upon bootup. The crashes were rather consistent until I disabled AVG on bootup and started using it, as Nihil said, an on-demand application. I've had no problems since then.

    After I finished this post, I went about checking for what actually sets the standard for AV testing criteria. Anyways, if you've been wondering what the hell the Wildlist is that's always being thrown around in articles, well you can see the most updated Wildlist Here
    I thought it might be interesting to know.
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