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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:04 PM

Are these programs relevant today?  I've mainly switched over to tools like Superantispyware and Malwarebytes, but just curious if they are still good tools to be used.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 09:16 PM

mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D (or Ad-Aware) due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products). Further, most people don't understand how to use Spybot's TeaTimer and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.

As for Ad-Aware.

Ad-Aware...have gone into a downhill spiral over the past five years and recently sold the company to Solaria... Majorgeeks stopped listing Ad-Aware as a “pick” some years ago as we watched the quality of the company slip over the years...it can’t stand up to the new generation of anti-spyware applications...

What does the future hold for Ad-Aware?
Lavasoft Controversies

Also read Lavasoft Turning to the Dark Side? written by a former volunteer (now a MVP) who provided support for Ad-Aware but no longer uses the program.

More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 03:32 AM

I'd like to provide an alternative perspective. Ad-Aware is quietly doing very well:

 

VB100

Lavasoft == Ad-Aware.
Aug 2013 (http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/test?recent=1, http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/latest_comparative/index)
April 2013 (http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/test?id=186)

AV-Test
http://www.av-test.org/en/av-test/marketing/lavasoft/

PCMag.com
Editor's choice May 2013: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2418686,00.asp

User Tests
Ad-Aware 11 vs MBAM vs Super Anti Spyware test (Aug 24 2013) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OPLA7BW8II
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11 BETA - Test with more links : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUWVA_qsDVQ

 

AA11 Beta

Ad-Aware 11 Beta can be downloaded from here: http://www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/company/blog/adaware-11-sneak-peek-preview. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about it, feel free to PM me.

 

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Edited by LS Andy, 30 September 2013 - 04:14 AM.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:03 AM

Thank you for the additional information...maybe mvps.org will update their notes at some point.
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