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AdAware 2009

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#1 Philip Brampton

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 03:35 PM

Does anybody have any thoughts,views on the latest from Lavasoft?

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#2 Wink


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Posted 24 January 2009 - 12:15 PM

I have not used Ad-Aware much since the SE edition although I do keep the newer versions installed, just in case I need another tool.
So far I am not impressed with the new Ad-Aware program, except for it does seem to use less resources then the other editions while scanning, which is good. After I ran the first full scan it found what I consider, 9 false positives, mostly uninstaller files and a couple of .dll files that need to be left alone, I know you can put theses in the ignore section, but if you did not know better and just removed them, it could lead to some trouble down the road.
What irks me the most is, even though I refused permission through Scotty (WinPatrol) to be a start up program, it did anyway, and on my computer since it is a service, it was not in the start up list, so to stop it from booting up at start up, I had to go into Services and change "Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service" from automatic to manual. One other thing, I did not want the automatic weekly updates, I prefer to update these types of software manually, but even though I have refused permission several times to allow this, the program keeps on trying to run that file.
I have used Ad-Aware for years, one of the first anti malware programs I installed on my computer, it found hundreds if not thousands of "nasties" over those years, but I feel you have to have some measure of trust for these types of programs and this one has not measured up so far. Plus, I really dislike programs that do not accept NO! for a answer.
Anyway that is my opinion, just be sure to have a good look at what the program finds before you remove anything permanently.
Catch you later,

Edited by Wink, 24 January 2009 - 12:23 PM.

#3 RedDawn


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Posted 24 January 2009 - 06:35 PM

Came across THIS review by PCMag earlier, haven't had a chance to read it properly yet, so can't offer any comments.


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