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Windows 7: Ad-Aware

View Poll Results: Ad-Aware
Totally useless 9 81.82%
Somewhat useful as a complementary protection 2 18.18%
A very good idea 0 0%
Voters: 11. You may not vote on this poll

28 Aug 2011   #11
jmm

7 Pro 32
 
 

from what i read here, it seems that not many people would be happy with win-defender alone - am i right?


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29 Aug 2011   #12
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Anybody tried the lattest version of Ad-ware 9.5, Which claims many under the hood improvement. Waiting for cnet to do a full review
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29 Aug 2011   #13
Athene

 

I agree with the others - Lavasoft Ad-Aware used to be good, but that was long ago. It became so bloated and slow that I gave up on it.
But back in the days when it was a trim and slim fast thing, it caught a nasty trojan which had infected my Windows Media Player and generated ad popups, but could not remove it. On this occasion, I would like to thank Corrine who helped me get rid of that Trojan when I posted to the Lavasoft Support Forums; thanks to her, Ad-Aware was updated with a definition file which was able to remove the little beast. It's a small world sometimes ;-D She was very patient with panicky me and got my computer cleaned up perfectly back in 2004 (I printed out the whole thing as a souvenir). Thanks, Corrine :-)
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29 Aug 2011   #14
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jmm View Post
from what i read here, it seems that not many people would be happy with win-defender alone - am i right?
Hi, jmm. Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program and does not include anti-malware detection. If you use MSE, the Windows Defender engine is incorporated. I suggest you consider Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or SUPER Anti-Spyware. (Personally, I would also include WinPatrol.)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gautam7 View Post
Anybody tried the lattest version of Ad-ware 9.5, Which claims many under the hood improvement. Waiting for cnet to do a full review
Note this report by Bill Pytlovany about C|Net downloads: WinPatrol PLUS available for $9.99 while CNET Annoys Users.

Someone reported elsewhere that "The free version will update 2 times a week if you're online at the right update time - forget it". Can anyone confirm? That would really be totally useless if true.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PallasAthene View Post
I agree with the others - Lavasoft Ad-Aware used to be good, but that was long ago. It became so bloated and slow that I gave up on it.
But back in the days when it was a trim and slim fast thing, it caught a nasty trojan which had infected my Windows Media Player and generated ad popups, but could not remove it. On this occasion, I would like to thank Corrine who helped me get rid of that Trojan when I posted to the Lavasoft Support Forums; thanks to her, Ad-Aware was updated with a definition file which was able to remove the little beast. It's a small world sometimes ;-D She was very patient with panicky me and got my computer cleaned up perfectly back in 2004 (I printed out the whole thing as a souvenir). Thanks, Corrine :-)
Wow! After all these years, you actually remember me helping you. That is probably the nicest compliment ever.
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29 Aug 2011   #15
gautam7

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote:
Someone reported elsewhere that "The free version will update 2 times a week if you're online at the right update time - forget it". Can anyone confirm? That would really be totally useless if true.
If this is true then i must say lavasoft and ad-ware dev have gone mad. Really two update a week..... i mean come on.......

Also have not downloaded from cnet from some time but i have used them from many years but if they continue in this path that is bundling adware (i.s toolbar) through installer then i must say goodby to cnet. Time to look for alternet download site.
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29 Aug 2011   #16
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

I don't know if it is true, gautam7. It is just what someone reported elsewhere. Also, please remember one very important thing. It is no longer Ad-Aware by Lavasoft. As I indicated above, Lavasoft was purchased by Lulu Software in January.
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29 Aug 2011   #17
jmm

7 Pro 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Windows Defender is an anti-spyware program and does not include anti-malware detection.
thanks corrine - i believe avast is antimalware - would a defender + avast combo be enough for protection?
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29 Aug 2011   #18
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Avast is an antivirus software. Keep Windows Defender as real-time protection. However, I would still recommend including the free version of either MBAM or SAS plus WinPatrol.
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