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#1 seamaiden


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 11:24 AM

This used to be for spyware only. You used to be able to have both Ad-aware and Spybot installed. Now that Ad-aware is also antivirus, the two conflict. Is there any way to have them both without conflicts?

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 12:12 PM

If you are referring to the 2.x version of Spybot which has some AV capabilities, then there is no way to use both without conflict.

But IMO you should drop both, as Ad-Aware and Spybot have terrible performance and there are better offerings out there.

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:06 PM

I agree with Sintharius but if you are adamant, you could use Ad-Aware Anti-virus with the older version of Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2.

However, Spybot Search & Destroy is ineffectiveness against current malware threats and many security experts no longer recommend it. 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.

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