Personally I have not heard of that problem. I've been using SE for months, ever since they came out with the first build. Unless someone else has another suggestion, I would try the Lavasoft Forums (Ad-Aware SE personal free one). You have to join in order to post but it is free just as CNET is. You are more likely to find someone else that has experenced that problem. Hope this helps.
Has anyone installed Ad Aware SE Personal 1.05 and had any problems? My WinXp SP1 system is entirely hyjacked by this app which I installed yesterday (11/25/2004). I had been running Ad Aware 6 with no problem and uninstalled it as part of the SE install. All applications open Ad Aware rather than themselves, including the Ad Aware Uninstall app so I can't ininstall it! The only way I can open IE is via the desktop icon, so I can get to the Internet, and same with Windows Explore via My Computer icon. Otherwise their short cuts and all other rograms are somehow linked to Ad Aware. I can't run regedit or anything else from the Start/Run command line, even in Safe Mode. If I rename the Ad Aware executable, then all the other programs error out, with a message that its executable can't be found. Even on boot up, most of my Start Up programs (e.g., ZoneAlarm) are now Ad Aware executions. I did two System Restores using a month old checkpoint via Safe Mode and still have the same Ad Aware problem.