You first mentioned AAW wouldn't open. You never mentioned which version you have installed. Were you aware of the fact that [urlhttp://www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/company/blog/adaware-se-updates-discontinued=]Ad-Aware SE Updates were discontinued? You asked, "do I really need either of them since my XP has malware protection and the AVG seems to pick up on cookies and the like?" In order to determine if you really need them, it might help to know which other "anti-malware" protection you presently have installed.
I have Windows XP/SP2, run AVG Free on the computer as Anti-virus. I have also had Ad-Aware and Spybot on here, which I have not run for quite a while. I tried to open both of them today and run them, but I was unable to do so. For Spybot, a message read that it couldn't find sqlite3.dll. I was rather concerned when Ad-Aware just flickered in the background and wouldn't open. So I removed them from the computer and was planning to reinstall updated version from your web site.
The real question I have concerning Ad-Aware and Spybot is, do I really need either of them since my XP has malware protection and the AVG seems to pick up on cookies and the like?
I do have the firewall on XP off because that will interfere with the AVG.
I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing. Thank you!