Can I install Norton Antivirus and Kaspersky on my laptop? or can I install McAfee and AVG on the same desktop? The answer is no. The reason being that having two or more antivirus software installed on a system will cause Microsoft Windows to be sluggish, this is because both anti-virus will try to out-scan each other.
In short, Symantec Norton Antivirus will scan McAfee Antivirus’s processes while McAfee tries to scan Norton’s processes this will cause an endless loop of scanning as both will continuously scan each other, thus consuming unnecessary resources by out-scanning each other.
Running multiple antivirus is not a wise thing to do, not impossible but unwise. Some people feel safer with 2 antivirus instead of 1, but they are not aware by installing multiple antivirus will causes the laptop or computer to freeze randomly, if not, Windows will lag badly.
Having said that, running two antivirus programs is not impossible with a third party software. Here are 4 multi-av scanner that enables you to install multiple antivirus.
↓ 01 – Multi-AV – DOS Multi-Engine Antivirus Scanners
The Multi-AV Scanning Tool is a software utility that provides multiple anti malware command line scanners to find or detect malware as well as remove it from your computer.
Do note that Multi AV Scan is a standalone software, it does not provide real time protection. You are not required to uninstall your current antivirus to run Multi AV Scan. Multi AV Scan is powered by:
- Trend Micro
↓ 02 – Hitman Pro 3 – Second Opinion Malware Scanner
Hitman Pro 3 offers unlimited free scanning and free 30-day version to remove detected malware. It runs on Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008, Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer.
HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer (except for the few minutes it is scanning). HitmanPro does not need to be installed. It can be run straight from a USB flash drive, a CD/DVD, local or network attached hard drive. HitmanPro is powered by:
- Ikarus Antivirus
- Dr.Web Antivirus
- Emsisoft Antivirus
- Prevx Antivirus
- G Data Antivirus
↓ 03 – JottiQ [ Discontinued ] – Scan files with 20 different antivirus engines
JottiQ is a free tool that makes it more convenient to use Jotti’s online malware scanner. It acts as a go-between and relays the suspect files to Jotti’s website.
When we need to scan a suspicious file with multiple antivirus, we use VirusTotal to check. VirusTotal requires you to upload the files. JottiQ on the other hand doesn’t require you to upload the file, just right click and scan the file. JottiQ will automatically upload and scan it online.
JottiQ is a tool that makes it more convenient to use Jotti’s malware scan, which is an online service optimized for one-by-one scanning of files you do not trust. Its purpose is that of an investigative tool, for when you do not trust a file you came across but your current security software seems to think it is as harmless a file as they come. It is not meant to replace your virus scanner, nor is it meant to scan the heaps and heaps of nasty things that float around on your computer because you are too cheap/lazy/picky to get software that is meant for that purpose.
↓ 04 – Kims – Local Multi Antivirus Scanner
Unlike JottiQ, Kims requires you to install the antivirus onto your computer. It doesn’t upload the file to a central server.
The KIMS was the first local and web multi scan of the world which last version came out on 2006 programed by Thor. In 2009 it began being developed to the new version by hands of DSR!
description: Its function is to scan 1 or more files with many AVs and also administer and updtae from the same GUI. This Program does not leave any AV in you PC or at least that’s the idea, but not all AV allow scanning without their services (AVG for example).
how it works: first you have to download the console version (preferably) of the AVs that you want to use, for that click on the button download and follow the instructions step by step, be carefull with with the ones that require intervention to install once downloaded, don’t scan anything yet, update the AVs.