Can You Have Too Much Security?

March 23, 2009

In a word, yes. You can have too much security on your computer. Too much security can lock down your computer so much that you can’t do the things you need to do. Too much security can slow your computer down. Too much security can cause your computer to malfunction due to conflicts.


 Here are some guidelines for you:

  • Do not put more than one anti-virus on your computer.

  • You can have more than one anti-spyware as long as you only have active protection enabled on one of them. Be aware, though, that the more stuff you have running on your computer, the slower it’s going to be.

  • Instead of running an anti-virus and an anti-spyware, run one program that does both. Vipre and AVG are good examples of these.

  • Watch out for security suites. They often go too far. They not only slow down your computer, but they impose too many restrictions and inundate you with pop-up messages.

  • Most people don’t need a software firewall. We covered firewalls a couple of newsletters ago, but to reiterate, most people do not need a software firewall. If you are behind a router, you don’t need one. And Windows has a built-in firewall anyway.

  • Anti-spam software like spambully ( is a good idea. You only need one. It only works with e-mail programs like Outlook, Outlook Express, etc. If you read your email on a web page, then use the spam protection that is built-in to that.


In summary, every computer should have an up to date, non-expired anti-virus and anti-spyware package, preferably one that does both. You should have the Windows firewall turned on and you don’t need a software firewall. If you get very much spam, get an anti-spam.


The best form of security is an informed user who is careful about where they go and what they click on.

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