• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 1048
  • Last Modified:

Spybot-SD Resident and Microsoft Security Essentials on startup

I have Spybot-SD Resident and Microsoft Security Essentials on startup and both running together. Is this doing more harm that good and should I turn one off. If so, which one and for what reason?
3 Solutions
IMO, Spybot is fine for manual scans. I have had good success and performance from MSE. You can have both and other installed, but you only want *one* app running active protection.
Personally, I would run MSE. It is what I use, and it has been highly rated.
Here is a snippit from the Spybot forums:
You should be able to use Spybot S&D as an on demand scanner without incident. I know of no specific problems using Teatimer with MSE, but I have not tested it as I avoid using them together on a daily basis. I use Spybot S&D as a tool and for systems which don't support MSE, so I would use Spybot S&D to attempt removal on any infected system no matter what else was installed.

Having both programs with realtime protection even if they run side by side problem-free is not really an advantage so I would turn off one of them...
Just depends which one you prefer, or you can turn off Spybot's Tea timer and leave Spybot as an on demand scanner as already mentioned and also use Spybot's immunize feature and leave MSE to have the real-time protection.

Both are good free programs but only one should have real-time protection, having 2 real-time protection doesn't mean the system has double protection against malware.
frankoravecAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for participating and helping me.

Featured Post

Evaluating UTMs? Here's what you need to know!

Evaluating a UTM appliance and vendor can prove to be an overwhelming exercise.  How can you make sure that you're getting the security that your organization needs without breaking the bank? Check out our UTM Buyer's Guide for more information on what you should be looking for!

Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now