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#1 Geoffc

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:05 PM

Years ago I subscribed to Ad-Aware Pro (now v.10.5) and Advanced System Care (now v.6.1.9) because they seemed complementary.  Over the years they've both upgraded, and I'm no longer sure that anti-virus+ and anti-malware+ products can stay out of each other's way, let alone work as a team.  After puzzling over both products' ads for an hour or so, I can't get an answer to that question.

Can anyone suggest

1. whether they are both valuable together, or

2. where a not-too-tech user can learn how to work that out?



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#2 noknojon

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:07 AM

Hello -

Due to the fact that Advanced System Care contains an Antivirus + Registry Optimiser/Editor in the one program, it has never been a favorite program of mine. I find that these 2 are not suited to be in one program. Plus I do not trust any IObit programs. (Personally only)

(1) Ad-Aware is considered to be the "old school" version of Antivirus these days generally, and has been well overtaken by most other Antivirus programs or Suites, like Kaspersky, Avira, avast!, and ESET, and even the newer Norton versions.

 

As a rule, I find that a free vresion of the popular Antivirus programs meets the current Ad-Aware versions.

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I hope that you never allow 2 active Antivirus programs to run at the same time, as this will defeat the purpose of the program to search for infections and to do the job that it is / was designed for. You can run an active Antimalware program along with an Antivirus program in most cases, or even install Antimalware programs to act as Inactive Scanners (cleanup programs) at any time.

 

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:28 AM

Many thanks, across Melbourne, Noknojon.  I'll take a day or two to absorb all that, but at first sight I'm inferring from your and other comments elsewhere in Bleep, that both my protection programs are sub-optimal now.  Since I'm subscribing to both, that's motivation for further study.

 

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:00 AM

Hi -

Always a good place to start (by the Boss) and added to by many others -
Antivirus, Antimalware, And Antispyware Resources ..............................
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/405/antivirus-antimalware-and-antispyware-resources/#entry1637

 

After the big burn here I think the CFA only lists your side now (looked around Hotham yesterday) www.cfa.vic.gov.au

 

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:48 AM

Ad Aware is anti spyware, not anti virus. Along with Spybot it was a popular anti spyware app ten years ago. Both products have fallen behind more recent apps like Malware Bytes and Superantispyware. 



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

Just to stay clear. Every person and friend ive seen who has problem with their PC's slowness or just other issues have Advanced system care installed...  i actually not agree with people actually saying its making more good than bad if im gonna be honest.

I dont even use any AV. In my oppinion the build in Windows7 firewall works good + router. Malwarebytes i find useful though.






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