Posted 01 May 2011 - 02:16 PM
I have been a long time user of Microsoft Security Essentials for my AV and it has worked well. After hearing about the newer Ad Aware Free Internet Security getting positive reviews I gave it a try. The download was enormous, took a very long time even with a DSL connection but it installed fine and all was well until I had 2 websites that I normally visit were giving me a redirect to some type of Yahoo Beta Search Page or something. Then on top of that I kept getting notified in my system tray that anti virus was turned OFF. If I clicked the Ad Aware icon it was showing as ON, so this was troubling. A full Ad Aware scan showed no viruses detected and a full Malwarebytes scan showed nothing also. I decided to switch to Avira Antivir Personal Free AV, ditched the Ad Aware, and completed another full system scan with this as well as Malwarebytes. No viruses, and the redirects were no longer happening! My PC's are clean and running great once again. I use the aforementioned software as well as CCleaner and Auslogics disc defragger. Do I, or should I, try a stand alone spyware program to supplement these? I have used Superantispyware before and I know it is recommended by folks here. Would adding it be overkill? Thanks for any input.