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avast and ad-aware

by miazga1 / March 9, 2008 4:06 PM PDT

Should my computer use both of these software applications or is the avast sufficient?

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More Info Would Help....
by tobeach / March 9, 2008 5:07 PM PDT
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Which version of Adaware: Free/Pro/ 2007/SE?
" " " Avast??

System Info particularly OS, RAM size, HD size, Processor & speed.

In general (as without info can't be more specific) the 2 should not have a conflict IF you do NOT run Adaware 2007 Scan at same time as Avast scan.

Avast AV is for Viruses basically & Adaware is more for Trojans & other malware that traditional AV wouldn't likely be looking for. They scan for different types of problem.

If you have a current Vista large drive & ram type machine, you could try Adaware 2007 free but it is a LARGE program (20Megs about) & would likely strain capacity on older machine with much lesser RAM & processor speed.

I am NOT installing it on my XP 512RAM/80G HD/P-4 3.0htz. for somewhat this reason. Previous SE version was less than 5 Megs and was no problem.

I might suggest other progs in preference but without info..wouldn't know if suitable for your system. Happy

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by miazga1 / March 10, 2008 2:35 AM PDT

The avast is the free version and the ad-aware I was going to install would also be the free one. I have XP and 120GB HDD. Thanks for your help

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You are fine with
by roddy32 / March 10, 2008 2:44 AM PDT
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avast as your antivirus but there is NO one program that finds everything. Avast is mainly for viruses. You should also add a couple of antispyware programs. Personally I am NOT a fan of the new version of Ad-Aware but if you read the welcome thread that is stuck at the top of the forum, you will see many other suggestions.

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Then You Could Use Most Anything...
by tobeach / March 10, 2008 4:06 PM PDT
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listed in "tools" sticky at top this forum page:

Personally I'm inclined to Spybot S&D (now v.1.52), AVG 7.5 AS (Would suggest paid version at end of 30 day trial period if machine likes it for real time protection). Becomes on demand scanner/remover post trial if not paid.I use it this way. They also have a Free Root Kit Revealer which I keep on hand & scan from time to time.

Lately many are suggesting Super Anti-Spy (SAS) which seems good for hard to remove items. I found it very slow downloading update & very slow to scan my machine so I keep it available in case others can't get something.

There is also Comodo BOClean 4.25 which is free & real time protection. Caution: Do NOT use Spybot's optional Tea Timer if using BOClean as the settings lockdown feature conflicts w/ CBOC.

CCleaner is a must for me & I run before & after every net outing to remove excess & any nasties trying to hide in temp files. Free & runs in seconds: http://www.ccleaner.com/downloadbuilds.asp Avoid Toolbar version/or do not install toolbar in main version.

Using alt browser (Mozilla Firefox or Sea Monkey Suite or other non-IE based w/ Sun Java) will avoid alot of threats to begin with.

As Roddy32 indicated: nothing gets 100% of everything so a few different ones are your best bet. The best ones are the ones that seem to agree w/ your particular machine & your own ease/preference so perhaps try numerous & keep your favorites. Good Luck! Grin Sandy

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