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Anyone try the new adaware?


rridgely

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I'll give it a spin as its downloading now kinda slowly though.

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wow, hard to believe this App. is even mentioned anymore. i haven't used this since the 2006 and early 2007 Versions. i'll give it a go as well.

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A quick scan found nothing.

 

It is running a Full scan and at 1 hour 36 minutes it is scanning my extensive HOSTS file that I forgot to disable and it is making this 2.8GHZ P4 run like molasses in January.

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just got through and i'm not impressed at all.

 

1. takes long for the App. to install

2. requires a restart? o please...

3. requires a restart to uninstall? WTH?

 

Lavasoft has truly gone down hill since late 2006. since i've been using Spybot, Malwarebytes', and SUPERAnti-Spyware i couldn't be any happier. i would even say SpywareTerminator is better.

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I am unimpressed!

 

Quick scan found nothing.

 

Full scan

Objects detected: 13Type			  Detected==========================Processes.......:		0Registry entries:		0Hostfile entries:	   13Files...........:		0Folders.........:		0LSPs............:		0Cookies.........:		0Browser hijacks.:		0MRU objects.....:		0Removed items:Description: ads.airamerica.com(127.0.0.1) @ 243 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53624 Family ID: 560Description: engine.awaps.net(127.0.0.1) @ 317 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53861 Family ID: 560Description: ads.mcafee.com(127.0.0.1) @ 1352 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53878 Family ID: 560Description: directads.mcafee.com(127.0.0.1) @ 1353 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53878 Family ID: 560Description: kootenai.com(127.0.0.1) @ 31067 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53881 Family ID: 560Description: www.kootenai.com(127.0.0.1) @ 52757 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53881 Family ID: 560Description: om.symantec.com(127.0.0.1) @ 6836 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53886 Family ID: 560Description: wdcs.trendmicro.com(127.0.0.1) @ 5362 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 53887 Family ID: 560Description: www.www.microsoft.com.org(127.0.0.1) @ 9785 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 54004 Family ID: 560Description: microsoft.com.org(127.0.0.1) @ 9784 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 54005 Family ID: 560Description: www.microsoft.com.org(127.0.0.1) @ 53814 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 54005 Family ID: 560Description: 1490thebay.com(127.0.0.1) @ 15923 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 54017 Family ID: 560Description: www.1490thebay.com(127.0.0.1) @ 43956 Family Name: Redirected hostfile entry Clean status: Success Item ID: 54017 Family ID: 560Scan and cleaning complete: Stopped by request after 7014 seconds

After almost 2 hours I gave up.

 

Those are HOSTS file entries from MVPS HOSTS file.

 

I guess to scan all 63,543 entries I probably have to wait a couple of days for the results.

 

It is an advertisement for the Full version as many things are displayed but are grayed out.

 

Into the Recycle Bin it goes!

 

Spybot S&D is a bit better but not much and it has long ago been un-installed.

 

I'm quite happy with Malwarebytes MBAM, Windows Defender and WinPatrol.

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I'm not even going to bother with Ad-Aware any time soon, maybe a few years down the road under a newer Windows OS, but that's a big maybe.

 

After almost 2 hours I gave up.

 

Those are HOSTS file entries from MVPS HOSTS file.

 

I guess to scan all 63,543 entries I probably have to wait a couple of days for the results.

The scanning of the HOSTS file taking that long just guts me everytime. I have often wondered why the old guard that being Ad-Aware and Spybot-S&D just can't scan it faster. Both are guilty with the few random false positives of incorrectly deeming valid blocked entries as a hijack - that's why I no longer trust either of them for finding anything in the HOSTS file.

 

For those of us that use HOSTS files provided by MVPS and/or hpHosts allowing Ad-Aware or Spybot-S&D to scan it is a waste of time because in our case it would be rather rare to have a hijacked HOSTS file since we're getting them replaced regularly from those two trusted sources. At least in my case it would be extremely rare since I store my HOSTS files elsewhere not even on the C: partition, and use a batch file to copy them into the default system location.

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