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Can we run Malwarebytes and Norton Security sidebyside in the same machine?

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Getting conflicting info. Can I run Malwarebytes side-by-side with Norton Security in the same machine?
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by:Josh Aldana
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You should run them individually first but if nothing shows up try running both at the same time. Chances are malware is hiding once it detects one of the scanners running and you may catch it if you run both scanners at the same time.
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You should be fine.  I run Malwarebytes alongside a variety of other security solutions.
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by:John Hurst
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You can run them one after the other. I have done this many  times. Do not leave both running and active.

I keep Symantec Corporate running, run Malwarebytes if needed and then close it down.
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by:rindi
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Yes, but any notron (symantec) crap is just like malware and should be removed completely. All other AV products are a lot better. If you are using the PC privately I can recommend the free version of Panda Antivirus. If it is used for business, then the payed for version. Also gere you can run malwarebytes alongside it.
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by:John Hurst
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Symantec Corporate is not malware and does not need to be removed. I have had both in happy coexistence for about a decade (and ZERO virus outbreaks at our clients).
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Can but not recommended

its not advisable to run multiple security software in real time because they can fight for resources and malware. I am using MBAM with its real time shields disabled (ie, its not Pro or premium) along with NIS without issue. But when I scan using Malwarebytes a flashdrive infected with a threat known to anti Norton and MBAM, Norton will catch it before MBAM. It may not be the case when both are having realtime components active.
https://community.norton.com/en/forums/malwarebytes-and-norton-can-work-together

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But the caveat is that you MUST add EXCLUSIONS for both programs in their respective exclusions list for the other program. Once you add the proper list, then BOTH programs will work perfectly together.
The exclusion list is shared in https://forums.malwarebytes.org/topic/148086-mbam-premium-norton-compatibility-disabling-the-rt-scanner/
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by:Teddygtri
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Thanks to all contributors!

Some controversy on this question responses. But chose to add exceptions.
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As explained and shared by author.
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