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Help with Ad-aware SE Personal and Spybot SD

Q: Help with Ad-aware SE Personal and Spybot SD

Ok normally I rely on my brother to fix problems on my pc but even he can't work out whats wrong. I simply cannot run the 2 above files. I also can't run WinRAR. I have windows XP and I try to do a virus, spybot and ad-aware scan at least once evey 2 weeks and I'm worried that these two security programs aren't working.

Can anyone think of anything which may be causing this problem?

Thanks in advance


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A: Help with Ad-aware SE Personal and Spybot SD

Hi and welcome to TSG.
What happens when you try to run them?
Have you visited their website and tried to update them.
Try running them in safe mode..tap F8 at startup..do they work there?

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I'm in deep shiznit. I've tried running Ad-Aware SE Personal, Spybot, and Norton Antivirus and nothing is working. Every time I reboot, I have a 100 new spyware/adware programs and I can't even use my net. I tried deleting some of the programs I recognized from my HijackThis log, but they just popped up again the next time I opened my browser.

Please, please, please help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 5:35:33 AM, on 12/18/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows ServeAd\WinServAd.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows ServeAd\WinServSuit.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows AdTools\WinAdTools.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows AdTools\WinRatchet.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
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A:SOS: Ad-Aware SE Personal, Spybot, and Norton Not Working

Please get an online virus scan.


Please download the most current version of Hijackthis and post a new hijackthis log.


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I am sorry if this question has been asked but I am unable to find an answer so far. So what I am very curious about is what exactly is the difference between Ad-Aware SE Personal and Ad-Aware 2007 Free? And why does bleepingcomputer.com link you to the Ad-Aware SE Personal while going directly to Lavasoft you are directed to download Ad-Aware 2007 Free and can't even download the SE Personal version unless it is Enterprise. But then the link from bleepingcomputer does take you to a place ON the Lavasoft website that does offer the SE Personal version. Very confusing! Any answers or links to a previously answered thread would be most helpful and much appreciated!

A:Ad-aware Se Personal And Ad-aware 2007 Free

What's New in Ad-Aware 2007 Free?The new version is much larger in size (18,694 KB). It has a new look but doesn't seem to offer much in major improvements.

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I just wanted to know, if paying for Ad-aware Professional is worth it or not . What's the difference? Who here actually have Ad-aware Professional??

A:Ad-aware Pro or Personal

The major difference is the professional edition has real time protection that works more or less like your anti-virus running in the background and has some other (redundant) utilities. I have not tried the professional edition.

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I hardly ever use it. I pretty much keep it around in case I ever find myself concerned about something. I try to remember to update the definitions about once a month, but twice today (once this morning, and now tonight), I get "error retrieving update". I was able to go to the web site, download the definitions as a file, and manually place them in the program.

Just wondering, before I go starting to un/reinstall the program, if anyone else was having this problem (i.e., is the problem on "their end", and not mine?).

Thank you to all who take the time to reply.

A:Ad-aware Se Personal

I just tried the update and it worked fine.

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Hi, I recently installed this program to get rid of all the spyware etc. but everytime i perform a scan it gets to the end and then just freezes. This is after its found 300+ critical objects.

What can I do to stop it from freezing at the end of the process?

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal

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I just noticed today that Lavasoft has stopped supporting Ad-Aware SE Personal, and in order to get newer definition updates, you must upgrade to Ad-Aware 2007. I was wondering if there was a site where I could download updated definition files, without upgrading to the latest version. Thanks for any help!

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal

Manual updates still in same location:

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Hello, I have a windows 98 2nd Edition and I have Ad-aware SE personal build 1.06r1 as one of my programs. Everytime I go to run Ad-aware SE it always gets hung on this file > c:\$VAULT$.AVG and it just keeps running on that file and wont quit. Its still running on that file right now as I type this and its been an hour already. Is there something wrong with it? Why is it taking so long? Any advice? Thanks.

A:Ad-aware SE personal

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scan hangs at c:\program files\hewlwtt-packard\digital imaging\hp psc 2100 series

both smart scan and full scan

A:ad-aware se personal

have you tried running the scan in safe mode or does it do hang in both modes. if it does you may want to uninstall and reinstall ad-aware

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winxp/sp2/ad-aware build 1.05/hewlitt-packard hp psc 2110xi/nis2005

scan hangs at hp digital imaging file

A:ad-aware se personal

Try it in safe mode

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i tried to run Ad-Aware SE personal twice, but everytime i got a message box saying "RPC terminated unexpectedly", then my PC had to restart. how do i fix this since i'm not really computer savvy? i followed some instruction by running Fixblast, but no virus seem to have been found. i also opened up task manager, but can't even find the file named "msblast.exe." what's wrong?

A:Ad-aware SE personal

Start Ad-Aware SE. Click on the gear icon and click on 'Scanning' to open the 'Scan Settings'. Uncheck "Scan Active Processes" and click Proceed.

'Start' the scan, then select "Use Custom Scanning Options". Then click 'Next'.

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My OS is Winxp-Home SP2. For the last few weeks, when I click on 'updates' and then 'connect', after starting Ad-Aware SE Personal, I get an error message that there is 'an error retrieving update'. I have been downloading and installing 'defs.ref' file manually. The only change from the last successful update from within the program is that now I have a cable modem, instead of DSL. But I do not see how that could lead to this problem.

I would appreciate knowing the solution to this problem.



A:Ad-Aware SE Personal

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Need some help. Every time I run Ad-A SE, it wipes out all my URL's. This is a pain because now I have to re-type the URL's when loggong to a site. I have gone thru the SE set up pages but can't find how to stop it. Any suggestions??? TIA

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal....

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I am about to upgrade from Ad-Aware 6.0 to Ad-Aware SE Personal. I have already downloaded the latest version of the free software. I want to know if I should first un-install the old version, or the new version will automatically install itself over the old version. I certainly do not want to keep two different versions of Ad-Aware in my computer. (It looks like I am the last person in this world who is going to do this upgrade!)

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal

I would recommend uninstalling the previous version first, just to you could get a clean install of SEPersonal. I find there are fewer problems, as a rule, when you do a clean installation.

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Recently I tried the newer version of Ad Aware2007 on my HP Pavillion with Vista Home Premium, and as stated elsewhere, it was too much of a resource hog, and I removed it from my computer. I currently use Super Antispyware along with AVG Free anti spyware. Today while doing some maintenance on my computer I discovered that I still had the software for my older version of Ad Aware SE Personal downloaded, so I ran the .exe file, installed, and ran a full scan. I always liked this program for anti spyware. My question is, would this be something to keep even though it is outdated and may not be supported by Lavasoft anymore?

If there are current users of this software, or others that have good ideas/thoughts, please feel free to respond. Thank you.

A:Ad Aware Se Personal

Well, I may have answered part of my question, as a visit to the Lavasoft home page states that as of yesterday, there will be no updates to the definitions made available to Ad Aware SE Personal, so that may do it for me. Any replys are still welcome, thanks.

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You can download it from here.

Don't bother clicking the "Check for updates now" link on Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.05 because it doesn't show the update yet.

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.06 Released!

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I am getting ready to install trend micro pccillin and it says that I should remove all other antivirus software from the computer before installing pccillin,

When I try to uninstall ad-aware SE personal a box comes up that reads "could not open INSTALL.LOG file" and it will not uninstall.

Please help

A:How Can I Uninstall Ad-aware Se Personal

I am getting ready to install trend micro pccillin and it says that I should remove all other antivirus software from the computer before installing pccillinAdAware is an antispyware program, not an antivirus program. By all means take other opinions on this, but I'd be very surprised if you need to uninstall it.

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LAVASOFT has released its newest up date for Ad-Aware SE Personal - Build 1.05...


A:Ad-Aware SE Personal New Build 1.05

Them Swedes ain't too dumb after all. Updates are now a way of life.

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I have d/l and installed the above on my new pc, I am running xp home sp2. When I try and launch Ad Aware I keep getting an error message up saying there is no disk in the hard drive, can anyone please help me?

A:Solved: Ad Aware SE Personal

Hi, Try running AVG in Safe Mode>

to get to Safe Mode, tap the F8 key quickly several times when you start up or restart the computer, just as you see any text on the screen....you should then get the startup menu, select Safe Mode (only) with arrrow key, then hit Enter...give it plenty of time to reach the desktop.

You may not have the latest updates: you can add them manually if you have not ever done them, even tho you just installed it, there will be some: here is how to manually update it:

To install, unzip into your Ad-aware porgram folder and restart the program.


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Whenever I try to open Ad Aware, it freezes up ("not responding")...does this mean I have a virus? Its always worked OK before. I have Windows 98. All other spyware is working OK.

A:Problems with Ad Aware SE Personal

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My computer has been infected several times. I finally seem to have it 'all cleaned up' and working smoothly. ...There is one program I can not remove "Ad-aware 6 Personal". When I go to control panel, add remove -- I get the following message: Wise Unistall, could not open INSTALL.LOG FILE ?

What is this program? Is it harmful? Does it get downladed 'mixed in with other bad stuff'?

A:Ad-aware 6 Personal / Can not remove ?

It's antispyware tool, but that version is well outdated, ca. 2003/2004Try free version of Revo Uninstaller: http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninst...e_download.html

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I have used this program for awhile now. When the old one failed to update, I downloaded Ad Aware 2007. Whenever I try to run it, my computer shuts down. I uninstalled and reinstalled and the same thing. I NEVER had trouble with the old one. Anyone else having this problem???

A:Ad Aware SE Personal issues

sisterdear said:

I have used this program for awhile now. When the old one failed to update, I downloaded Ad Aware 2007. Whenever I try to run it, my computer shuts down. I uninstalled and reinstalled and the same thing. I NEVER had trouble with the old one. Anyone else having this problem???
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I don't know about installation problems - why don't you check the forums at Lavasoft?

http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index.php?&CODE=01 (Adware 2007 Final Product Release forum probably)

I'm afraid Lavasoft has been having all kinds of problems with AdAware 2007 updates recently. I THINK they may have fixed them now - but I thought that last week only to find they didn't have it under control. So, just be patient. They are aware of it in the forums and are working on it. Right now, my updates seem to be working okay, but they didn't last week. In answer to your question - you are not alone!

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From Lavasoft's information:With Lavasoft?s all new Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology, you will not only be protected from know content, but will also have advanced protection against many of their unknown variants. To further protect you, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition also has the capability to scan and list Alternate Data Streams (ADS) in NTFS enabled volumes. In combination with the new scanning engine, Ad-Aware SE will scan your computer faster and more thoroughly than ever before!The new version of the freeware program may be found at:http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/Regards to all,John

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Thanks for the tip. Had 6.0 already. I installed and ran SE yesterday. Impressive.

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Hey, I have had adaware on my computer since I first got it, and I love the software, but recently my homepage was hijacked to xysearch.biz and about:blank, and around the same time adaware started causing the computer to shut down every time I tried to use it. Spybot S&D works but fails to remove DSO Exploit (5 items) regardless of how many times I run it. Anyone have any ideas on what is wrong and how I can get rid of the problems? This is my hijack log, thanks in advance for the help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 12:50:58 PM, on 12/21/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\windo... Read more

A:Ad-Aware Personal SE causes XP to shut down

Try running it in safe mode, also when you get to around 50 items, stop the scan let if fix those then start the scan again, repeating until you make it through an entire scan.

Also your version of HJT is out of date. Delete that one and get the new one.

Download Hijackthis

Allow it to save to your desktop. Double click on the downloaded file and choose "unzip".

Now open Windows explorer and go to program files, Hijackthis, and double click on Hijackthis.exe in the right window pane. Click on the "Do a system scan and save a logfile" button.

This will open notepad. Copy and paste the contents of notepad back here and someone will be happy to review it.

Don't make any changes until instructed to do so.

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I have just downloaded Ad-Aware SE Personal, before installing, i uninstalled the previous edition of Ad-Aware i had. I then installed Ad-Aware SE Personal in the right manner. Upon opening the program, i got the message "the program has performed an illegal operation etc.."

And here are the details:

AD-AWARE caused an exception eedfadeH in module <unknown> at 0000:00000000.
EAX=00000000 CS=0000 EIP=00000000 EFLGS=00000000
EBX=00000000 SS=0000 ESP=00000000 EBP=00000000
ECX=00000000 DS=0000 ESI=00000000 FS=0000
EDX=00000000 ES=0000 EDI=00000000 GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:

Then i clicked close and another window popped up! the strange thing is the writing was in german! the only things i could understand are:
"EReadError in Modul Ad-Aware.EXE bei (means By)00021F07"

can anyone help, especially someone who knows german

Other things to note are:
1) i downloaded from download.com the installation file (.EXE)
2) i am using Windows98 SE
3) i have other Anti-Spyware programs, but none were currently running in the background at the time of installation.
4) i have tried using different download links, different versions still same problem :(

A:Ad-aware Se Personal Problem

Try redownloading it (see link below). It could be spyware blocking it if it still won't work.

Just to make sure it's not a virus, run an online virus scan at TrendMicro or RAV Antivirus. Select the Autoclean option if you use TrendMicro. Make sure System Restore is disabled if you have Windows ME/XP.

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I have been having the same problem as one of the other posters to this forum. I am getting the antivirus and winfixer popups as well. I ran Ad-Aware SE Personal which I had download a few weeks ago. Part way through the scan it crashed the computer. I thought the Ad-Aware SE Personal was corrupted maybe. So, when I rebooted the computer, I uninstalled it and tried to download it from the download.com site. It says it downloaded the software after I clicked on the download button, but I just got the "Did you know information bar" window popup. When I said OK, it said thank you for downloading the software; but the software is nowhere to be found on the desktop. Any ideas on what I should do? I also tried to download it several times with the same result. In addition, a popup occured from a unwanted site after I clicked the next download attempt.

A:Help downloading Ad-Aware SE Personal

I would go the the HiJackThis forum here. It sounds like to me you have some bad spyware on your PC.

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I want to install Ad-Aware SE Personal (free) on my brother's computer because I'm convinced he has some spyware issues. Unfortunately, he is unable to access any internet sites besides his homepage and sites on his favorites list. If he types in an address or uses the Google Toolbar, the result is always "Page Cannot Be Displayed".

I know it isn't a problem with the internet because his machine is routered with mine and my internet is ok. I've also reset the router properties on his computer but that didn't solve anything. I think something is stopping his internet from working, and in the past, doing spyware scans usually resolves the problem. But he is running Ad-Aware 6, which the most recent definitions are from October of last year.

So what I want to do is install Ad-Aware SE on his computer, but since he can't access the internet, I can't. The only other way I can think of is if I saved the installer .exe on a floppy and then pasted it on his machine and then installed it.

The problem is that the download for Ad-Aware SE is 2.81mb. That is too big to fit on a floppy. I tried to compress it with WinZip but for some reason I couldn't.

Is there any way I could compress the .exe enough to fit on a floppy or is there somewhere where I can get it that is zipped to be under 1.44mb?

I know Hijack This is an awefully small download (couple hundred kb) but Ad-Aware SE is too big. Can anyone hook me up with a small enough do... Read more

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal on a Floppy?

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Hello, and thank you for kindly reading my post.
Firstly, here's some info on my computer:

Gateway GT5408
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1; 32 bit
4G of memory
IntelCore2CPU; 4300 @ 1.8GHz

About a year ago, my Ad-Aware SE Personal stopped opening. I do not recall anything I may have done to cause this, as it always worked fine. Whenever I tried to use it, after a few moments of trying to open, a message would tell me that Ad-Aware will not open because it may already be in use.

So, I tried opening it as Administrator- still no success.

Then I tried to uninstall it, and it would not uninstall. I also tried installing the new version in the hope that it would successfully uninstall what I currently have and cleanly install the new version; however, it is always unsuccessful. I get these messages:

Fatal error during installation.

A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:\Users\Israel\AppData\Local\Temp\mia1\WISDED53B0BB67C4244AE6AD6FD3C281EF_7_1_0_10.MSI

So I went in and tried to find all of the Ad-Aware stuff I could to delete manually. I am a computer novice, and it appears I may have missed something, because it still will not uninstall/re-install properly. I tried Solway's Delete Doctor, with no success. As I was using DD, I went into Program Files and found all of the Lavasoft/Ad-Aware files, but DD wouldn't accept them for deletion.

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A:Ad-Aware SE Personal Trapped

There are several alternatives you can use to uninstall Ad-Aware SE: * Click "Uninstall Ad-Aware" in the Lavasoft folder of your Start menu. * If you are unable to do that, open your control panel, click "Add/remove programs," and locate Ad-Aware SE. * Another method to uninstall is to locate and double-click the file "unwise.exe" (the .exe may not be shown). You should be able to find this file in C:\program files\lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE [Personal/Plus/Professional]\.If the above alternatives do not work, or you get a message saying, "Can?t find Install.log," you will need to manually uninstall the software. To do this: * Click on "My Computer" and locate your Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE folder (C:\program files\lavasoft\ad-aware). * Run the file "unregaaw.exe". * Delete the entire Ad-Aware SE folder. * Delete your Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE link in your Start menu (if present). * Delete the Ad-Aware SE icon (s) from your desktop (if present). * Navigate to "C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name] \Application Data\Lavasoft" and delete the entire Lavasoft folder. * Empty your trash bin. * Reboot your computer.

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Once I've run a full or custom scan on Ad Aware SE Personal free edition, the harmful files will quarantine, but it locks up in the deleting process. Anybody got any suggestions?

A:Ad Aware SE Personal will not delete after scanning

Try in safe mode

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I began downloading this program about 12pm CST. It is still saying "Download in Progress". How long does this take?

I have WinXP and dsl service. I am needing to do this after discovering that it is probably spyware that is slowing my computer down and causing all kinds of problems.

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition Download

Hi kacy130

Please do this:

First create a permanent folder somewhere like in My Documents and name it Hijack This.

Now Click here to download Hijack This. Download it and click "Save". Save it to the Hijack This folder you just created.

Click on Hijackthis.exe to launch the program.

Click the "Scan" button when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.

The log should open in notepad. Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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In the past, TSG often recommended the use of Ad-Aware SE. The original version is no longer being supported with updates and it's been replaced or updated by a new version I don't particularly care for. Is there a prefered free anti-spyware app TSG is now recommending that works similarly to the way the original Ad-Aware SE Personal performed? Any suggestions would be appreciated- btw, used SpyBot before and replaced it with the older Ad-Aware SE. I am presently using CA AntVirus and SpywareBlaster (also MS Firewall)-
Thanks in advance-

A:replacement recommendations for Ad-Aware Se Personal...

Hi at the moment updates are still available. http://www.lavasoft.com/support/securitycenter/blog/
Top right hand side Ad-Aware se updates.
D/load Zip file to desktop.

Unzip to C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware SE

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A:Ad-Aware Se Personal Edition 1.06 Released

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I have been using Ad-Aware for about 4 months now and love it. I run it weekly due to the amount of surfing my wife and i do. this week i ran a full system scan as i usually do and it wasn't able to remove all of the items. it shows that the my cookies were removed, but my wife's are still there. It says her user might have a browser window still open. I have tried rebooting and scanning again with no change. attached is a screen shot of the pop up from adaware. it is asking me if i want to let adaware get rid of all items on next reboot...but there is no button to say yes or ok....please help

A:Ad-Aware SE Personal - Unable to remove items. Please help

Have you tried running it in Safe Mode?

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Hi, How are you?

I am writing because I want to install a program that clean my system of all the spyware programs, but I have to decide between Ad-aware or spybot search and destroy, and I need some help because I don't know wich ones is better.

If somone could help me deciding, or if someone have a good recomendation of any other program, that could help me too.


A:Ad-aware vs Spybot

Normally people run both. Why do you have to decide between them?

Its not like antivirus or firewall software, which runs all the time in the background and means you should only have one of each running.

AdAware and SpyBot are only run when you start them. Then you close them afterwards.

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I've heard that Spybot S&D, andAd-AwareSE are becoming ineffective. Also, they should be uninstalled and better programs
downloaded. Has anyone heard this to be true? If so, what
other programs are available. I have Win 98SE.

A:Spybot, and Ad-aware

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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.


A:Spybot vs. Ad-aware 6.0

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I'm having a problem with Sypbot-Search & Destroy. The program never finishes its scan. It stops about 3/4's of the way through the files and then an "Error during check" ZWAX(Ungultiger Datentyp fur") shows up with whatever else is wrong. This morning, I tried to uninstall Spybot and then re-install-it wouldn't completely uninstall. Along with this problem, we experience about:blank, freeweb pages, accounts frozen and also 200-page not found! I run McAfee Virus scan, Ad-awre SE and Sypbot-S&D every week. The only thing detected are tracking cookies. I would appreciate any help you could give me. Thank you.

A:Ad-aware SE/Spybot

Run both Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy from safe mode, updating each program before you scan and setting both to fix what they find.*AdAware SE: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/*Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.htmlAfter doing that I suggest you post a HijackThis log for assistance with your problem.Your mention of about:blank and freeweb pages shows that you do have an infection.Read the pinned post in the HijackThis forum, here Carefully read and follow all directions explicitly.Following instructions run a log, and post it in the appropriate HJT forum, at this link. Do not attempt to fix anything by yourself using Hijack This yet. A member of the HJT Team will analyze the log, make recommendations and offer assistance.It may take a period of time to get a response to the log you posted because the members of the HJT Team are kept very busy. Pleasebe patient as this team is manned by volunteers. They will help you as soon as possible.NOTEOnce you have posted your HJT log, please DO NOT make any additional posts in the HJT forum until you get a response from a member of the HJT expert team.The first criteria they have when looking for logs that need replies are posts showing 0 replies. If you make an additional post, it will show as having 1 reply. A team member, looking to see if a reply has been made might well assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and might not open the thread to respond. So, make your... Read more

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I used Ad-Aware and Spybot last night and now I cant access the internet or my email. I have a COX cable modem, and I am running Windows XP. Please help me!

A:Used Ad-Aware and Spybot and now I can not

After installing Spybot Search & Destroy, yea, it destroyed my connection too.

Coincidence or not, after uninstalling SS&D, I'm now free to spread havic and pandemoneum across the 'net. Seriously, don't know what type of conflict was going on, but all is better w/o it on my particular system; Win98SE, w/ ZoneAlarmPro, and avast! Maybe there is some unfriendly code lurking between these programs?

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Or is running the one sufficient?


A:if I have Spybot, do I also need Ad-Aware?

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Read this article first:

Study: Tools Let Spyware Slip Through Cracks at URL:

Then check out The Anti-Spyware Test Guide at URL by Eric Howes at URL:

During the tests, which pitted the top 20 anti-spyware scanners against spyware that comes embedded with peer-to-peer programs such as Grokster, Howes said he discovered that the malicious applications were capable of blocking the scanners.

"In the second and third group of tests, one of the installed programs prevented the anti-spyware scanners from running on reboot," he said, noting that reboots are a common method used by anti-spyware scanners to remove stubborn spyware and adware that remain in memory on a PC.

The results rated the Giant AntiSpyware detection tool as the best of the 20 scanners tested, but even then, Howes said the software detected only 100 out of 134 "critical" files and registry entries.

During the first round of tests, Howes found that McAfee's AntiSpyware rated very poorly, picking up only 56 of 134 critical detections. InterMute's SpySubtract (72/134), Aluria's Spyware Eliminator (42/134), Lavasoft's Ad-Aware (82/134) and the popular Spybot Search & Destroy (40/134) also scored very low on detecting "critical" files.

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A:Think SpyBot S&D and Ad-Aware SE are enough?

I have seen Anti-Spyware Test Guide but wow that Benjamin Edelman's website was great. I never seen that before.

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Hi,I wrote previously about running startups/cat-e.html.after running program it returned upwards of 94 spyware ,virus,etc problems which should be removed.i ran spybot,ad-aware, avg and i also have zone alarm installed.Only ad-aware returned four problem files which i quarantined.Could you please suggest why my installed programs failed to detect any of these problems and suggest a solution.Iwas advised to submit a hjt log which is includedthankyou for your help.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0Scan saved at 16:05:58, on 04/05/2005Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLLC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SPOOL32.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSTASK.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\ZONELABS\VSMON.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tskC:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\BILLP STUDIOS\WINPATROL\WINPATROL.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGCC.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGAMSVR.EXEC:\BILLS UTILITIES\ZONEALARM\ZLCLIENT.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\NIKON\PICTUREPROJECT\NKBMONITOR.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WMIEXE.EXEC:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT OFFICE\OFFICE\1033\MSOFFICE.EXEC:&... Read more


You are using an outdated version of hijackthis. Please download the newer version.Download HijackThis from:HijackThis Download SiteThen post a new log

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I have both ad-aware6 and spybot, and I have to say that when I scan the system with ad-aware I usually get no results, then I do the same with spybot and I get a few bugs, usually things like: hitbox, doubleclick or avenueA....
Plus I have the feeling that Ad-aware speed down the system. Is it really useful to have it?

A:spybot or ad-aware??

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Hi, just a quick question. I have turned off the firewall that came with my new computer. I am using Windows XP. Do I need to install Sygate also or will Spybot and Ad Aware be enough to keep me protected?


A:Spybot & Ad Aware

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I've seen debates here in the forums about which is better, Ad-aware or Spybot, for removing adware/spyware. Here is a pretty good review of them both at Flexbeta. There's a list of some of the applications that they installed and tested. I was amazed that there are some that I have used, that are supposed to stop some of what they are installing, ie, Panicware.

Thanks to Warp2Search for this info.

A:Ad-aware vs Spybot

SpyBot hands down is better because it detects everything that AdAware does and more, which makes using AdAware pretty pointless. Use SpyBot along with Hijackthis and you should be good to go. Those are the two best tools that I have found.

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Hi everybody,

I downloaded Ad-aware 6.0 Personal and Spybot S&D to my computer using XP Prof. Installation were good and icons appeared on my computer screen.

However, I cannot run both of them because when I double click on these icons, Ad-aware is stuck because of "not responsive program" while Spybot does not appear on the screen. Can anyone tell me why? Thanks a lot.

A:Cannot run Ad-aware and Spybot S&D

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Hi I am new here so I hope I am doing this correctly.

Every time I run Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D I always seem to get the same results. I make sure that both are updated before running scans.

Ad-Aware always seems to find tracking cookies from ads.pointroll.com & ad.yieldmanager.com, in addition these Ad-Aware also finds the same MRu Object.

Each and every time I run Spybot S&D i get the scan results, a RightMedia tracking cookie(ad.yeildmanager.com). I have immunized but it seems to do nothing.

I have IE, but normally try to use Firefox.

Here is my Hijackthis log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:37:13 PM, on 11/7/2008
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\On-Screen OSD Indicator\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashDisp.exe
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A:Spybot and Ad-Aware

Hello, billyfrumphilly
Welcome to TSF

My name is Billy O'Neal and I will be helping you. (Billy or Bill is fine, if you like.)
Please give me some time to look over your computer's log(s).
Please take note of the following:In the meantime, please refrain from making any changes to your computer.
Also, even if things appear to be running better, there is no guarantee that everything is finished. Please continue to check this forum post in order to ensure we get your system completely clean. We do not want to clean you part-way up, only to have the system re-infect itself. :)
If you do not understand any step(s) provided, please do not hesitate to ask before continuing. I would much rather clarify instructions or explain them differently than have something important broken.
Finally, please reply using the button in the lower left hand corner of your screen.
Old topics are closed after 3 days with no reply, and working topics are closed after 5 days. If for any reason you cannot complete instructions within that time, that's fine, just put a post here so that I know you're still here. We get a lot of people who simply leave, and if there is no contact for that amount of time I will have to assume you have "vanished" .
We need to run a Scan with DDSPlease download DDS, and save it to your desktop, from one of the following mirrors:This is a mirror
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Disable any type of "Script Blockers" or "Script Protection" installed ... Read more

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