Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.x Compatibility
I currently have SEP 11.0.5002.333 installed and love it. For the past several years, I have also been using Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Plus anti-spyware application, using the real-time protections of both SEP and Ad-Aware. However, with Lavasoft's newest versions of Ad-Aware, the company has begun to implement anti-virus capabilities into their Ad-Aware software. I routinely disable this component within the real-time protection of Ad-Aware, so as not to conflict with the real-time components of SEP. Then, when I conduct an Ad-Aware scan, I reboot the system into safe mode, without SEP running in the system tray, and conduct my Ad-Aware scan, also using the anti-virus engine of Ad-Aware, for additional peace of mind.
Now, with the advancement of spyware protection within SEP, I am beginning to rethink this strategy and am weighing it against the longer boot-up time it takes for the real-time component of Ad-Aware, Ad-Watch, to load up in my system tray. I am concerned about compatibility issues between the two real-time protection components, in addition to the additional resource requirements it places on my system. In the past, it was suggested to use only one real-time anti-virus protection mechanism, but, more than one anti-spyware mechanism was also suggested. With the advancement of SEP and its anti-spyware protection, what are other users doing, in conjunction with their SEP installations? Are others still using more than one real-time anti-spyware protection mechanisms or are users relying only on the real-time protection of SEP and using either no other anti-spyware applications or only using other anti-spyware protection mechanisms, in the form of additional reactive scanning strategies, thereby, not using any other real-time anti-spyware protection mechanisms?
Symantec has a knowledge base article that an SEP installation will suggest to disable Microsoft Windows Defender. Is this still the case? I am considering a few options, in addition to continue using the full capabilities of SEP:
--Continue using the Ad-Watch real-time protection mechanism with Ad-Aware, disabling only the File Protection mechanism, which is known to cause compatibility problems with Symantec products
--Completely disabling Ad-Watch (Ad-Aware's real-time protection) and only using Ad-Aware as an anti-spyware scanning/reactive application, not using any of its real-time protection mechanisms
--Completely disabling Ad-Watch (Ad-Aware's real-time protection) and only using Ad-Aware as an anti-spyware scanning/reactive application, not using any of its real-time protection mechanisms and installing Microsoft Windows Defender and only using it as an anti-spyware scanning/reactive application, not using any of its real-time protection mechanisms
Since I am accustomed to having two layers of real-time anti-spyware protection mechanisms in place, I am hesitant to disable one and relying only on SEP's real-time protection, although, I do highly like it. Therefore, I am interested in hearing from other users and Symantec, itself, wondering what works for them, what they have tried, experienced, and what they recommend. Thank you.