Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

Ad-aware question

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

Ad-aware question

Old 01-06-04, 01:49 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Exit 151
Posts: 9,048
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ad-aware question

I recently dowbloaded and installed the free version of Ad-aware 6.0.
So here's my question, is it supposed to do anything automatically? Such as when Norton pops up indicating it has detected a virus or trojan?
Or do I have to simply manually run the scan periodically? And do I just delete everything it comes up with?
Old 01-06-04, 02:00 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Just north of Atlanta
Posts: 5,215
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The free version does nothing automatically as far as I know, you have to manually scan your computer regularly. The professional version comes with "Ad-Watch", which monitors your computer and blocks any adware that attempts to gain access.
Old 01-06-04, 02:43 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Triangle, NC, USA
Posts: 8,809
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Under Settings, you can select to have Ad-Aware 'run at Windows start-up.' Also, if you go under Automation, you can select 'Startup scan mode--none, custom settings, smart-scan.' You can also make it start minimized, and close after start-up scan under that same menu.
Try those settings, see what it does.
I would definitely still manually run it occasionally; I update and manually run AdAware and Spybot at least once or twice a week.
It looks like they did convert 'Automatically mark all objects' to a paid-version feature only, because I swear it used to do that. No biggie [you can Right click on the results menu and choose Select all.]
Old 01-07-04, 02:50 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Heat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 16,701
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Ad-aware question

Originally posted by Phil L.
... And do I just delete everything it comes up with?
On the regkey items (the first items), do a right click and then choose "Item details". At that point, if you recognize what it is and don't care about it*, leave it, else I'd delete it (definately delete any high risk items).

As for all of the tracking files, I just delete all of them.

*as an example, I have a low risk regkey item that is bundled wih Broderbund software. I normally don't delete it.
Old 01-07-04, 08:23 AM
  #5  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: College Station, TX
Posts: 6,223
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I have Norton Antivirus Corporate running on my department machines. Is there any software out there that scans virii and spyware all at once? I guess I should send Symantec an e-mail.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.