I have a Dell Inspiron, 8600 that has Windows XP-SP2 Professional and assorted programs. Sunday, I saw information about AD-Aware and I thought the program would be good. I am generally conservative when it comes to risk taking on a computer. Rarely, if ever, does my computer have a virus successfully infiltrate and stay. I use virus scan and eliminate pop-ups and other ads using the best programs available to me.
I thought that Ad-Aware would help clean up my system prior to my upcoming cleanup of the PC. Well, what it did, I think, is completely mess things up. After installation of a downloaded version of Ad-Aware, my computer started to slow down and eventually reached the point that I no longer could reach my ISP. Then I could not restore my computer using the Restore program of Windows XP.
is what I thought about Ad-Aware from Google. At this point I tried to cleanup my computer's hard disc by using various Norton programs to correct problems and to delete some programs that I have either never used or used only sparingly. I went to Control Panel to use ADD/REMOVE to get rid of more unused programs.
Maybe this only worsened the probem, as it was impossible now to easily correct the situation. I finally got back on the Internet after finding a Google program in Desktop that shows programs run over the past months (not sure how long, but it is enough). I went back along the timeline and noticed that it had some executable programs included. I clicked on one about four days back that was to go on the Internet.
What happiness and relief came next! My home page showed up although it looked like a cached page. However, by trying to find an up-to-date page, I saw that the computer was once again communicating correctly (I hope) with the Internet. My concern now is what will happen when I close down and then try to go back on the Internet. I don't want to leave the computer on all the time, nor live on the Internet. I do want to be able to always login to the Internet.
So, my question is, I suppose, Should I ever download and install Ad-aware once again? I am getting a CD from them soon and could use it to install. The program was about $40 which is a significant sum to me. I hate to be calling up any support place as it is usually a lengthy process.
(Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum. jgweed)
Edited by jgweed, 03 May 2006 - 10:18 PM.