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can 32 bits antivirus be installed on 64 bits OS ?

  1. #1


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    windows 8 pro 64-bits

    can 32 bits antivirus be installed on 64 bits OS ?


    hi friends... i have 64 bits os and 32 bits antivirus so can that antivirus be installed in 64 bits and get full security as 64 bits anitvirus? can 32 bits antivirus scan the registry of 64 bits program ? please suggest me
    thank you

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dare2winnn,

    It's recommended to use a 64-bit AV program on a 64-bit OS for full protection. Some 32-bit AV programs will not install on a 64-bit OS.

    I just use the included Windows Defender.



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Feb 2013 at 15:39.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Short answer... No.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 70
    windows 8 pro 64-bits


    certainly it helped me, ....i have 32 bit eset nod antivirus . so acccording to you , this version of antivirus wont secure and protect my pc of 64 bits? and what to do in some antivirus like kaspersky the bit version is not mentioned?
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Dare2winnn,

    It's recommended to use a 64-bit AV program on a 64-bit OS for full protection. Some 32-bit AV programs will not install on a 64-bit OS.

    I just use the included Windows Defender.



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    I wouldn't recommend trying to run a 32-bit AV on a 64-bit OS.

    The main thing is to look at the "system requirements" to see if it says it's recommended on a 64-bit OS or not.

    Kaspersky AV 2013 says it's for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 | PC Virus Protection | Kaspersky Lab US
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  6. #6


    Posts : 70
    windows 8 pro 64-bits


    once again thank you....i want to use eset nod32 and logged in the officeal site then there was no option for the 32 or 64 bit...so can i use that ? please visit the site and make me clear perhaps i didnt get what the site wanted to tell me...
    regards
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I wouldn't recommend trying to run a 32-bit AV on a 64-bit OS.

    The main thing is to look at the "system requirements" to see if it says it's recommended on a 64-bit OS or not.

    Kaspersky AV 2013 says it's for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 | PC Virus Protection | Kaspersky Lab US
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, you can use it. When it doesn't specify 32-bit or 64-bit, then it usually means both.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 70
    windows 8 pro 64-bits


    thank you brink,,,,,very much
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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  10. #10


    yes, you can use it.
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can 32 bits antivirus be installed on 64 bits OS ?
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