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Solved Ad-Aware Won't Work

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#1
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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OR , USA

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#2
I gave up on Ad-Aware it rarely ever found anything :confused: 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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    gateway
    CPU
    intel quad
    Memory
    8 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    nvidia
    Sound Card
    realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19' widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    581 gb
    Internet Speed
    High speed Comcast cable

JMH

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#3
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    LAPTOP. HP Pavilion dv7-1005TX .
    CPU
    IntelCore [email protected] x2
    Memory
    4.00 GB installed, max capacity 8 GB.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT & 512MB DDR2 dedicated graphics mem.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.0" diagonal WXGA + High definition brightview widescreen infinity display.
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    SPECS.
    Drive 1. 298.09 GB Fujitzu MHZ2320BH G2 ATA Device
    Drive 2. [ All as above.]

    CONFIG. C:\287.65 GB, D:\298.09 GB, E:\10.44 GB.
    Case
    Laptop / notebook.
    Cooling
    Stock.
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port touch pad.
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced
    Internet Speed
    ADSL [ Too slow.]
    Other Info
    Webcam.
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#4
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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JMH

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#5
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.
;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    LAPTOP. HP Pavilion dv7-1005TX .
    CPU
    IntelCore [email protected] x2
    Memory
    4.00 GB installed, max capacity 8 GB.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT & 512MB DDR2 dedicated graphics mem.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.0" diagonal WXGA + High definition brightview widescreen infinity display.
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    SPECS.
    Drive 1. 298.09 GB Fujitzu MHZ2320BH G2 ATA Device
    Drive 2. [ All as above.]

    CONFIG. C:\287.65 GB, D:\298.09 GB, E:\10.44 GB.
    Case
    Laptop / notebook.
    Cooling
    Stock.
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port touch pad.
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced
    Internet Speed
    ADSL [ Too slow.]
    Other Info
    Webcam.
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#7
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.

Neuro.
 

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lemur

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#8

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    AMD AM2 6000+
    Motherboard
    Nvidia M2N-E SLI
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 7600GT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WD
    Case
    Cooler Master
    Cooling
    Three fans
    Mouse
    Dell Optical
    Keyboard
    Dell Quietkey
    Internet Speed
    10 MBPS

JMH

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#9
Neurolanis,
Thanks for posting back.
Shall we consider this tread closed?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    LAPTOP. HP Pavilion dv7-1005TX .
    CPU
    IntelCore [email protected] x2
    Memory
    4.00 GB installed, max capacity 8 GB.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT & 512MB DDR2 dedicated graphics mem.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.0" diagonal WXGA + High definition brightview widescreen infinity display.
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    SPECS.
    Drive 1. 298.09 GB Fujitzu MHZ2320BH G2 ATA Device
    Drive 2. [ All as above.]

    CONFIG. C:\287.65 GB, D:\298.09 GB, E:\10.44 GB.
    Case
    Laptop / notebook.
    Cooling
    Stock.
    Mouse
    Synaptics PS/2 Port touch pad.
    Keyboard
    IBM enhanced
    Internet Speed
    ADSL [ Too slow.]
    Other Info
    Webcam.

dinesh

Vista Expert
Vista Guru
India

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1,333
#10
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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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq
    CPU
    intel core 2 duo T 5550 @ 1.83 MHz
    Motherboard
    intel 965 chipset family
    Memory
    2 GB DDR 2 SD RAM @ 667 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    On board upto 358 MB RAM
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15"
    Hard Drives
    160 GB WDC