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anyone have problems with Ad-Aware 2007?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by kalabula, Apr 4, 2008.

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  1. kalabula

    kalabula Thread Starter

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    Its always freezing up and giving me error messages. I have removed and reinstalled it but its still a little funky.

    I have Vista and Nod32 but just use the Ad-Aware for extra cleaning. Is there something better?
     
  2. daniel_b2380

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    kalabula,
    if you start here:
    http://forums.techguy.org/
    right at the top of the page are:
    the security sections of the forums:
    http://forums.techguy.org/54-malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/
    and:
    http://forums.techguy.org/78-general-security/
    many knowledgeable people make some very good recommendations,
    takes some time to read all the posts,
    but very worthwhile in the learning process,
    .
    personally, i used ad-aware AND spy-bot,
    the new version of ad-aware is so over-bloated,
    i no longer use it,

    edit:
    especially note the replies by Elvandil
     
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  4. kalabula

    kalabula Thread Starter

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    I read this sticky as suggested and downloaded Spyware Blaster and Spyware Guard. Will these programs interfere with my Nod32 or will they work safely together?

    Also I did not download the IE-Spyad. I clicked on the link and was a little confused by the download site. Do I need to download this "Zoned out" thing as well as the IE-Spyad? Or will the zoned out be download automatically with the Spyad. Also are these programs that I will need to run searches with or do they just do there thing without me knowing it?

    Thanks for the help so far.
     
  5. daniel_b2380

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    kalabula,
    sir, i wasn't trying to infer you HAD to read every post before i would speak to you again,
    [wink, wink],

    to TRY to give you an honest answer to your question,
    yes, they SHOULD play well together,
    as with all things computer though,
    there are always exceptions,
    sometimes a program will seem not to play well with it's brethren,
    could be in the way one has set the configurations,
    in one, or both, or all of the applications we install,
    personal recommendation,
    i would install just ONE program,
    play with it a while,
    making sure it is playing okay,
    day or so, try another,
    etc,
    that way, if something happens,
    it's much easier to figure out which the 'guilty culprit' is,
    AND,
    just because there are very many programs out there,
    don't try to install and run them ALL,
    remember, other considerations too,
    you WANT to be able to USE your pc for all the OTHER reasons you have one,
    NOT just run the security apps,
    EVERY program you install and run takes:
    -hard-drive space
    -cpu cycles
    -ram, and so on,
    when you read of whatever program,
    pay attention to the WHAT it does, or is SUPPOSED to do,
    kind of keeping an eye on those two forums,
    you can begin to get a feel for what programs give their users problems and such,
    and also, which ones don't,
    also, when you're reading of how someone messed up their pc,
    then you don't have to do THAT, huh?

    thats not to say any-one is some kind of dummy
    remember, no matter who it is that tells/recommends you to do something,
    DON'T rush right out and do it,
    think about it for a bit,
    make up YOUR mind,
    it's YOUR computer,

    also in the security area,
    there are those who have taken a 'schooling' to be able to make/give recommendations and help,
    they have a little emblem next to their name,
    click on the 'rules' at the top just below the big orange stripe,
    scroll down to 'Log Analysis/Malware Removal '
    see it?

    AND THE BIGGIE?
    just keep reading and asking questions,

    take care,
     
  6. daniel_b2380

    daniel_b2380

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    kalabula,
    after the 'doctorial' above,
    may not want to read any more from me right now,

    anyway, you might look at this program,
    http://www.ccleaner.com/
    i use it, does a very good job at what i use it for,
    cleaning the temps and such,
    i DO NOT use it for messing with the registry though,
    as is said on this forum,
    IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!!

    thats not to say YOU can't,
    it's your registry,
    and some do,
    i don't!

    take care,
     
  7. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I gave up on Ad-Aware, too. I have seen other posts indicating "it ain't what it used to be." "Spybot Search and Destroy" is a long time favorite of many. Moderators seem to like the free version of "SuperAntispyware."

    {redoak}
     
  8. allheart55

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    I no longer use Ad-Aware either. I have found SuperAntiSpyware to be the best. You can download either the free edition or the Pro version. The only difference is the free edition doesn't run in "real time" and the Pro does. I have the Pro version on 8 machines. You can download it from HERE
     
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    MysticEyes Banned

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    There's a certain tackiness to the site that does not inspire confidence.... looks like the rip-off places. Plus I'm always leery of statements like:

    RESELLERS earn 30%-50% on every sale

    Also this review wasn't very inspiring.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2127210,00.asp


    Plus there is this.

     
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