If you are the go to computer guy in your family or your circle of friends then you are sure to have had this happen to you.
It is late at night or early in the morning and you receive a phone call; it is from a family member and they are having a problem with their computer.
The system will not run right and the antivirus that they have installed is not working.
“Okay, this is not a problem” you think to yourself, “I have seen a virus that is able to disrupt the antivirus on someone’s machine before.”
So you start to give them instructions on how to get rid of it but, unfortunately, the technique that you are describing to them is not working.
After a bunch of investigative work you come to find out that their computer has more than one antivirus program installed on it and they are blocking each other out.
This is more common than people think and is something that you must be aware of.
Why Is Running Two Antivirus Programs At The Same Time A Problem?
We as humans naturally think that the more of something that you throw at a problem, the better off it is going to be.
That is not always the case.
There are certain times when doing too much can be just as big of a problem as doing too little.
Installing more than one antivirus on the system is one of those cases.
Some people think that since the antivirus software that they use is not able to pick up everything then they should install a second one, or others do not know any better and they get an alert telling them that they need this software to protect them and they install it; they do not realize that they already have a antivirus solution already installed.
Antivirus software is installed differently to other software on the system.
It must be installed with administrator privileges because it must be able to get to certain sensitive places on your system.
If it is not allowed to do this then it will not be able to go after the bad guys effectively.
So when you have two antiviruses installed they are going to do one of two things – they are either going to block each other because they will use or scan the same process at the same time or they will try to eliminate the other antivirus software on your system since the antivirus software has some of the same signatures of the viruses that you are trying to fight.
It needs these signatures to be able to recognize the bad software on the computer.
When you are installing a piece of antivirus software on your compute, make sure that it is the only one.
If not then your system might become inoperable and, ultimately, infected.