Ad-Aware Won't Work


  1.    22 Sep 2009 #1
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    Ad-Aware Won't Work


    Hello. I have a problem with my computer, and it won't let me run Ad-Aware. I already ran the system check to see it isn't a hardware problem. I have deleted all temp files, ran virus scans, etc., but the problem hasn't gone away. What's happening is that the computer is slowing down. If I click from one screen to another, some of its graphics will remain for a couple seconds (these seemed like indications to me of a bad processor, but apparently that's not the case.)

    I know when I don't run Ad-Aware to remove multiple spyware software for a while, my computer slows down. But everytime I run Ad-Aware, it gets stuck (and not always on the same file.) I have already tried reinstalling Ad-Aware, but the problem remains.

    What can I do?

    I have Windows Vista Home Premium. My system is Dell Inspiron 1420.
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  2.    22 Sep 2009 #2
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    I gave up on Ad-Aware it rarely ever found anything I also set it not to run on startup and it always did anyways so I canned it.Now I use Spybot S & D and SuperAntiSpyware.
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  3.    22 Sep 2009 #3
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    I suggest that you forget Ad Aware. There are better & more reliable products available these days IMHO.
    As stated above SuperAntiSpyware is well worth consideration & has a free version.
    Another good one that works quietly in the background is Spywareblaster. It also has a free version.
    Links supplied for you to look at. Both run happily with Vista & each other.
    BTW What Anti Virus are you using?
    SUPERAntiSpyware.com | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!
    SpywareBlaster® | Prevent spyware and malware. Free download.
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  4.    26 Sep 2009 #4
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    Thank you for your comments. I'll consider your suggestions.

    I have discovered that Ad-Aware has encountered a problem with Norton Anti-Virus recently, and it's taking way too long to resolve, frankly.

    Yes, Norton is my anti-virus program. Usually they work together without any trouble..
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  5.    26 Sep 2009 #5
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    Quote Originally Posted by Neurolanis View Post
    Thank you for your comments. I'll consider your suggestions.

    I have discovered that Ad-Aware has encountered a problem with Norton Anti-Virus recently, and it's taking way too long to resolve, frankly.

    Yes, Norton is my anti-virus program. Usually they work together without any trouble..
    Re the Norton Ad Aware glitch. Is this what you were aware of?
    Potential Conflict between Ad-Aware and Norton on Windows Vista - Lavasoft Support Forums
    Keep in touch & let us know what you decide.
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  6.    27 Sep 2009 #6
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    I suggest you try spyware doctor most my problems fixed from this tool.

    Good luck!
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  7.    03 Oct 2009 #7
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    I have tried Spybot and Spyware Doctor in the past, and was not impressed. In Spybot's case, for several months it failed to detect a single problem. So, I removed it. I have also tried AVG, McAfee, Spysweeper, Zonealarm, CounterSpy, and others. All of them showed pathetic results. After running Ad-Aware, my computer would run like brand new! Simply put, no other software that I knew came close to matching its performance. But I will give SUPERAntispyware (Free Edition) the test...

    QUICK SCAN- Much slower than Ad-Aware's Quick Scan, and it only found 3 items. After all this time without removing spyware, judging by past experience, Ad-Aware probably would have found 40-60+ problems in Quick Scan alone and fixed them. So, taken its time and results, I must say that I am disappointed so far (but not surprised.)

    COMPLETE SCAN- This time I was more impressed! It was a lot faster than I expected, and it picked up 41 threats and removed them.

    FINAL RESULT- My computer is certainly working a lot better now, but still not as well as it should. So there are still unresolved software problems with my computer.

    In conclusion, I think SUPERAntispyware is pretty good. I would rate it at number 2, after Ad-Aware (for spyware removal.) Although I do not feel that it works as well as Ad-Aware, it seems to be pretty close. I would say that its Complete Scan is a must, as it didn't take much longer to run than Quick Scan and it found and fixed a lot more problems! I would definitely recommend this as an alternative to Ad-Aware, and I thank you guys for recommending it to me!

    Peace.

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  8.    03 Oct 2009 #8
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    I use Malware Bytes.
    Malwarebytes.org
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  9.    03 Oct 2009 #9
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    Neurolanis,
    Thanks for posting back.
    Shall we consider this tread closed?
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  10.    04 Oct 2009 #10
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    Re: Ad-Aware Won't Work


    What i have noticed now-a-days is that free antispyware programs like ad-aware and mbam doesnt seem to be working quietly with big anti virus programs like NIS2010, KIS2010 and F secure Internet Security 2010. My pc sometimes hung so badly that it cant even pull taskmgr and i had to do a hard restart. These products used to work well together before, not now.
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