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Is ad-aware Anti Virus?


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#1 Muffalugagus

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:18 PM

I know problems can exist if there are two anti-virus programs installed on a computer. So I was wondering if I should install AVG & ad-aware. I can't seem to google if ad-aware is considered an anti virus or not. Anyone have any input on this?

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 09:59 PM

Yes they can be run together. It is considered an anti malware not an A/V..

Personally I think MBAM is better. More effective and uses less resources.
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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:10 AM

Personally I think MBAM is better. More effective and uses less resources.

I agree. I recommend taking advantage of the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Protection Module which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Enabling the Protection Module feature requires reqistration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs.

As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using them as stand-alone scanners. In fact, doing so increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. The overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware. However, if using any of their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, MBAM Protection Module, Spyware Terminator Shields, etc) together at the same time, there can be conflicts when each application tries to compete for resources and exclusive rights to perform an action. Additionally, competing tools may even provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing. Keep in mind that you can overkill a system with resource heavy security programs that will slow down performance.
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