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Too Much Security?


Nick.A
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This is an identical question to one I asked a few days ago. I have running on my PC BT NetProtect Plus and McAfee Security Scan Plus, but also Microsoft Windows Security Centre, that has a firewall too. My question is, should I uninstall Microsoft Security Centre in case it conflicts with BT NetProtec and McAfee?

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bremner

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Can you confirm what you mean by Microsoft Windows Security. Do you mean Microsoft Security Essentials?

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bremner

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You really should have only one anti virus program as they conflict with each other - It seems you have three.

Personally I would dump the BT and McAfee applications and have Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware.

This will use much less resources and give you more than adequate protection.

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Crosstrainer2

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As bremner says, you should have 1 antivirus scanner running in real time, up to date and scanned weekly. Superantispyware only works in real time if you have the paid for version. Although you see the icon, the free copy only scans when you tell it to.

As you have discovered, they have all found infections. I think you'd be better off ditching BT stuff, keeping your Mcafee, and, if you want to keep malwarebytes and superantispyware then as long as they are not the real time versions that's fine. They are both useful tools.

Sounds as though a full AV scan needs tomb done too.

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Snrub

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BT NetProtect Plus is McAfee and have it running with McAfee Scan Plus, Windows Security Centre and McAfee Virtual Technician without problems. I run Superantispyware free version without real- time scanning so use a lightweight program SpywareBlaster which has a real-time av protection.

All work together fine without problems although popular wisdom would say this is overkill. I wouldn't have chosen Windows Security Centre but it was there on the Windows 7 package and very occasionally kicks in if McAfee needs updating which it would do automatically every few hours. I have therefore decided not to uninstall it.

The only thing I am puzzled about is why Superantispyware runs heavily on start up and for quite a long period considering its not real-time? Superantispyware does seem heavy on system demand if viewed in Process Explorer and I do not understand why this is the case unless it carrying out a function of some sort which is not a manual scan. Perhaps someone knows the answer?

All this may be considered overkill but it runs compatibly. The only thing Superantispyware has come up with is Adaware incuding Adaware/PCA tracking cookie! These can't be considered as bugs but just a normal part of internet usage unfortunately.

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Snrub

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On futher reflection I can only think that the free Superantispyware is running real-time av scanning but not showing any results unless it is upgraded to the paid for version. Many software programs run the full package with bits blocked off when using the free version.

I am thinking about uninstalling Superantispware which is a good program and just downloading it if I suspect malware present to stop its heavy system usage overhead. Any views on this please?

I also use Malwarebytes which is a lightweight system usage overhead and works well but rarely shows problems.

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bremner

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Nick.A

Thanks for the clarification.

To quote MS

"Security Center...checking the status of several security essentials on your computer, including firewall settings, Windows automatic updating, anti-malware software settings, Internet security settings, and User Account Control settings."

i.e. It is not in itself a Malware/Antivius program or Firewall.

To quote BT

"BT NetProtect Plus, our advanced security software in association with McAfee, helps protect against online viruses, hackers, spyware and identity theft"

It therefore seems to be the case that you only have one set of protection tools as the BT Netprotect and McAfee are one and the same.

I would therefore retract my earlier suggestion and say you do not have too much security, in fact as has been suggested I would add one additional malware application be it Malwarebytes or Superantispyware.

My final comment is that looking at BT.com it seems they charge £3.49 per month subscription to have Netprotect Plus ie an annual cost of about £42.

You can have equally as good cover using totally free products.

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Snrub

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I downloaded Superantispyware as a freebie on this computer about 12 months ago. There is a tick box to disable tracking cookies search which can be reached by right click on the icon/View Control Center/Scanning Control. I have noticed when Adaware tracking cookies are thrown up after a scan they can be quarantined and deleted but they always reappear after further sessions of browsing so it seems a bit of a pointless exercise to check for tracking cookies and may as well be disabled? Any views please?

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Snrub

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Quote Bremner 'My final comment is that looking at BT.com it seems they charge £3.49 per month subscription to have Netprotect Plus ie an annual cost of about £42' I think its just part of the BT Option2 package and is not cost itemised as such?

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bremner

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Snrub

You are correct if the OP has Option 1 then the BT NetProtect Plus is extra at £3.49pm, otherwise it is part of the package. Sorry for any confusion.

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Nick.A

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@ Snrub, - to solve the problem of SuperAntispyware from running heavily on start up, I went into SuperAntiSpyware / Preferences / General and Start-up tab, and unchecked the first three tick boxes:

1) Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts.

2) Show SUPERAntiSpyware icon in systems tray.

3) Show splash screen on start up.

Un-checking these boxes have helped a little bit.

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