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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Lavacool Ad-Aware, does anyone use it? Reply with quote

Does anyone use Ad-Aware, & if so how does it compare with other anti-malware programs?

Does it have anything unusual or interesting to offer as freeware?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AdAware (by Lavasoft, not Lavacool Wink) is by far one of the worst AM applications around (in stark contrast to what it used to be).

Personally I wouldn't recommend it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried it a few weeks back aftern not having used it for a very long time, and it had serious problems with false posatives.

It is commont for anti malware program to pick up a few legitimate registry keys or files (particuarly registry keys) as being bad, but Ad-Aware picked up more than other legitiamte antispyware apps.

In the past however, I've encountered no siginificant issues with false posatives from Ad-Aware.


There are much better free antispyware programs available.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes thanks for that. I found it was a bit dodgy as well so I uninstalled it. It doesn't get on too well with Spybot either. It was highly praised on this forum though. It just goes to show that products don't always improve as they develop. Spybot is having a big make-over soon. I hope they don't go the way of Ad-Aware! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use it just to get rid of the cookies Ccleaner misses Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IN general agreement about ad-aware
however
last month in the Avast Forum Ad-aware found a real infection missed by spybot and MBAM
ya never know
you have to watch for fp's with all of these apps
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what worries me. I may have kept it but it clashed with Spybot & seemed a little unstable to me. I might look at it again someday. I am sure it will be improved.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am still on dial up and pitched ad-aware because it had frequent huge updates that became annoying.

And subsequently found a benchmarking program I use went up by about 5% in terms of overall computer performance. Somewhat odd because usually adding or removing programs has no effect on these benchmarks.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it just goes to show that my instincts were correct then. There is definitely something not totally right with it. It was highly praised at one time.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to be very effective. I haven't used Ad-Aware since they closed the old support forum.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MysteryFCM wrote:
(in stark contrast to what it used to be).

[bold added]


Pun intended, Steve?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moi? Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
(in stark contrast to what it used to be).



LOL, I missed that. Very Happy
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