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Spybot vs. Ad-aware 6.0

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by GoJoAGoGo, Mar 1, 2003.

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  1. GoJoAGoGo

    GoJoAGoGo Thread Starter

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    I ran AA 6.0 for the first time this morning. It found 48 entries, wow I was thinking this really is an improved Tool. Turns out 39 of the entires AA 6.0 found were backup files I have stored in Spybot Recovery. Is this a common result of AA 6.0 finding Spybot backup files anyone may have come across? 8 entries were cookie files that I deleted and the last one was a Reg Key that I sent to the Ignored List. I then rebooted and ran AA 6.0 again. It found only 1 entry, unfortunately it was the same Reg Key that I sent to the Ignored list. I then ran Spybot to get a comparison. Spybot found 10 usage files and 0 spyware files.

    To me the new AA 6.0 has alot of bells and whistles but the results are the same as AA 5.83 finding 1 file to every 10 that Spybot finds. Plus AA 6.0 takes about 10 mins to run compared to 2 mins for Spybot. Does anyone feel the same way I do?

    Any feed back will be much appreciated.

    Thanks ;)
     
  2. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Hi, Have seen some info on the new and improved AAw 6.0- the original release has some bugs, but there is a new newer version, Build 162, that has some things fixed. There are some spywares you still should not use AAW of any version to remove.

    That's how software development goes- things will hopefully improve in a short time frame.
    SpyBot handles these OK. Here is that info:

    http://www.spywareinfo.com

    Scroll down to Newsletter area.
     
  3. cnm

    cnm Malware Specialist

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    There is no reason not to run both AAW 6 and Spybot S&D. But after cleaning stuff out with one, reboot before running the other. That's mostly so that if you encounter any problems, you can tell which program caused them.
     
  4. GoJoAGoGo

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    Byteman:

    Thanks for the spywareinfo link. As it turns out I just downloaded and installed AA 6.0 this morning and it is the Build 162. After reading that newsletter I will definely be careful if I should decide to delete anything with AA 6.0. I'll just run AA 6.0 to compare what it finds with Spybot and use Spybot to do the deleting. Just to be safe, it's probably best to wait a couple of more months to be sure Lavasoft has detected all the bugs before using it to delete anything.
     
  5. hewee

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    I use both and love it.

    The new Ad-aware 6.0 searches deep into files and it found what you deleted before because you had it still in the backup files. So it did it's job of looking deep in backups a zips.
     
  6. TOGG

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    So far I agree with hewee and run both.

    The finding of Spybot's Recovery files was a known issue early on and Build 160 or 162 was supposed to have fixed it but didn't, at least not in my copy.

    The advice on the Lavasoft forum was that scanning within archived files was not necessary every time so I disabled that option to cure the Spybot thing. I also purged Spybot's Recovery folder (if things haven't stopped working within a few weeks of deletion you don't need to keep the backups). This means there will be nothing for AA to find when I enable archive scans unless Spybot locates and deletes some more nasties.
     
  7. twisted_mind

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    hi guys, i've been using ad-aware 6 plus since the last one week ..... didnt have either ad-aware or spybot earlier.
    my question is, which one is better? ad-aware 6 plus or spybot?
    n yeah i have to agree with the post by someone above, this is definately the best technical support site i've encountered.....I could just keep browsing through the site for an entire day, reading n learning abt computer problems n ways to deal with them :)
    SO THIS GOES TO ALL THE GUYS WHO KEEP THIS SITE UP ( i'm a scott steiner freak, u see :) ).... THANK U :)
    n yeah, i'll be glad to get some feedback on my question too.... ad-aware or spybot? :)
    with regards,
    umesh
     
  8. cnm

    cnm Malware Specialist

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    I don't think it's really a question of which is better, but which you prefer. And quite a few people use both. The programs find (and miss) somewhat different things, and each has features the other lacks.

    Since Spybot is free, why not use them both? But after cleaning with one, reboot. See if everything seems ok.

    Then run the other.

    AAW has more false positives, such as finding things in Spybot's Recovery folder and in the recycle bin. :) But it can be configured not to scan those.
     
  9. twisted_mind

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    rite cnm :)...... downloaded spybot a couple of hours ago....... n it found 12 spyware which ad-aware 6 plus didnt :)
    thankx for the advice.... :)
     
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    9 months or so ago I used to just use Adaware
    Then I added Spybot and used both
    I stopped using Adaware when they stopped updating - and spybot did a terrific job during this time
    With all the teething troubles and "bugs" in Adaware 6.0 I shall just stick with Spybot which continues to do an excellent job

    I see no reason to download Adaware 6.0

    steam
     
  12. GoJoAGoGo

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    Perhaps in my first post of this thread I was a bit too critical of Ad-aware 6.0 after just running it 2 times. Since then I have run it 2 more times and the last run it found 5 Tracking Cookies and 0 Usage Tracks. Unless I have my settings wrong, Ad-aware 6.0 doesn't find Usage Tracks. I then ran Spybot and it found 4 Tracking Cookies and 13 Usage Tracks. So on this run Ad-aware 6.0 actually found 1 more Tracking Cookie than Spybot did. I will continue to use both for a short period to determine if it really necessary to have both. I feel Spybot does an excellent job, has the Usage Tracks feature and takes less than 2 minutes to run. Ad-aware 6.0 does a very good job, lacks the Usage Tracks feature, takes 10 minutes to run and you must be extra cautious about what you delete. At this point I feel Spybot has more +'s than Ad-aware 6.0

    You still have to be cautious while using Ad-aware 6.0 as there are still some bugs in it as written in a spywareinfo newletter which I was made aware by Byteman in the #2 Post of this thread. Scroll down to the middle of the page to the Weekly Newsletter column.



    http://www.spywareinfo.com
     
  13. GoJoAGoGo

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    Basically, I've decided to put Ad-aware 6.0 on the back burner and strickly use Spybot only. The reason for this decision is until Ad-aware 6.0 proves to be as good or a better cleaning tool than it's archrival Spybot, I will not use it. As I mentioned in my last post, the negatives seem to out weigh the positives concerning Ad-aware 6.0. I don't recall reading or hearing of any negatives concerning Spybot.

    So in conclusion I agree with steamwiz 100%. I will continue using Spybot only as it always does an excellent job at a much more faster rate. :cool:
     
  14. TOGG

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    GoJo,

    Well, the beauty of the situation we find ourselves in is that there are two tools dealing with spyware effectively and so we have a choice.

    I had seen the spywareinfo article you linked to but already have AAW Build 162 and so am not unduly concerned. Whether due to luck, good surfing practice or my other security programs/settings, I have never caught NewDotNet or any of the other baddies mentioned.

    Also, because I paid for AAPlus last year and donated to Spybot, I want to get my money's worth by using both of them!!!
     
  15. steamwiz

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    I hope you had your fingers crossed when you typed that in (if that's possible) :D

    steam
     
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