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Ad-Aware auto running on startup - how can I stop it?

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#1 timmaaah


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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:00 AM

Hi all - this is my second post, so I hope I've got it the the right section!

O/S is Windows XP SP3
Zone-Alarm firewall
Avast On-line scanner
Search and Destroy
these programs all start automatically, and this is fine, it's what I want.

I also have Malware Bytes and Ad-Aware installed on my machine,to be used once a month in addition to the other programs mentioned above. I want to manually start these programs, so they are not running all the time, but Ad-Aware has taken to running automatically on start-up :thumbsup: (Malware Bytes does not).

I can find no reference to it in msconfig, or in the startup bit of CCL. Just where the hell is it running itself from? I don't want to uninstall it, because it's nice to run once a month or so, but I don't want it running all the time. It's shown as a current process on the Task Manager.

Help would really be appreciated.


Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 26 December 2009 - 11:20 AM

At this time...Ad-Aware is considered by many to be worthless.

I would suggest uninstalling it and installing/updating/using SUPERAntiSpyware as a better alternative.

Running any malware-defense program...once a month...seems highly questionable to me. New forms of malware are generated and introduced daily.


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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:44 AM

Once again I agree with hamluis. I would suggest running SUPERAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes every day.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 09:05 AM

Ad-Aware now runs as a service so I think that is the process you're seeing in Task Manager. The service process won't show up in the startup tab of msconfig. Unless you've purchased the commercial version that includes AdWatch, but it would show in msconfig. So if you want to keep Ad-Aware and have it work properly, leave the service process alone.

If you absolutely don't want it running, then uninstall Ad-Aware.

As far as I'm concerned Spybot's TeaTimer is useless as well. I stopped using Spybot S&D recently and Ad-Aware a few years ago. SUPERAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes are better to clean up infections that your antivirus may have missed--in my opinion, they are pretty useless as a preventive measure (again, if you buy their commercial version). Your antivirus and firewall should be adequate prevention unless you have terribly unsafe surfing habits.

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#5 timmaaah

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 12:48 PM

Okeedokee - that seems fairly conclusive!!

Thanks for the advice - now in the process of removing ad-aware and s&d, and now downloading superantispyware as we speak.

Thanks again for the advice peeps :thumbsup:


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