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Ad-Aware SE Updates Discontinued - March 31, 2009

by roddy32 / March 21, 2009 12:40 AM PDT
Ad-Aware SE Updates Discontinued

[quote]An important notice for any users of our Ad-Aware SE software ?

As of March 31, 2009, technical support and Definitions File updates will be discontinued for Ad-Aware SE Plus, Ad-Aware SE Professional and Ad-Aware SE Enterprise.

If you use Ad-Aware SE, please upgrade to the latest version of Ad-Aware ? Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition ? in order to stay protected from online threats; Definitions File threat updates for Ad-Aware SE will not be issued after the end of the month.

Keep in mind, if you have a valid Ad-Aware SE Plus, Professional or Enterprise license, you are eligible to upgrade to Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition free of charge through the Lavasoft Support Center. If you need a new license, please visit our Ad-Aware product pages. [/quote]

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Thank you, Roddy.......
by michhala / March 21, 2009 10:07 AM PDT

.....for making this a separate post. Although I do go through the updates lists you post, there is a chance I might have missed this.


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(NT) Yep, I think many would have missed it.
by roddy32 / March 21, 2009 12:01 PM PDT
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I 2ND Those Thans, Roddy32!
by tobeach / March 21, 2009 1:08 PM PDT

I have noted lately that the updates have been a little squirrelly with R#'s jumping about & even the sizes of the defs.ref not sequentially increasing to give firm indicator. Thanks again! Sandy Grin

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Does anyone know how to un-install Ad- Aware SE?
by dawillie / March 22, 2009 12:26 PM PDT

I checked my settings > add / remove and found nothing there.

Then on to Program Files> Lavasoft> Ad-Aware SE and found no uninstaller in the folder.

Although the option remains to upgrade to AD- Aware Anniversary Edition, I have concerns that it may be like Ad- Aware 2008 which I installed and then took out, reverting to SE.

Any help / ideas appreciated.


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Hi, David! They Don't Have
by tobeach / March 22, 2009 3:26 PM PDT

a removal tool per se but there are some instructions.

First, check start>all programs>lavasoft adaware se>un-install unwise adaware. But BEFORE you do, you must disable all the adaware plugin tools you may have added such a stops for backdoors in OE & messenger, etc. These are within the program under tools etc.

In my Adaware Folder (I have ) (C:>prog.files>Lavasoft) there should be an "unwise. exe", this is the un-installer & it runs the "unregaaw.exe" also located there.

If you do NOT have these, then you'll probably have to either re-install AAW SE from your original & then un-install or try manually.

After that,You'll need to stop the ad-aware service before you try and un-install or delete those files. Make sure you're logged on as an admin.

To do this:

Start > Run > type services.msc > enter > find Lavasoft Ad-Aware Service > right click > aaw.service.exe > click stop.

I worry about just manually un-installing by deleting the folders because of the left over registry changes which might remain. The purpose of the unregaaw.exe.

All findings for removal tool all were for AAW 2007 & later versions.

Hope this helps you. Sandy Happy

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Thank you Sandy
by dawillie / March 22, 2009 4:12 PM PDT

I tried the steps you suggested and eventually went back to the folder where I had saved the original executable and re installed or, actually overwrote what was in my Lavasoft folder.

This gave me the uninstall which I promptly ran and got rid of Ad-Aware SE.

Sorry to see it go as I was when I took out an older version of Spy Bot.

Now going with MBAM only.

Unfortunately I have a group letter on Ad- Aware updates and wonder if there is a viable alternative to it, so I can suggest this to the group?

Again my thanks to you for the easy process you described.


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Not That I Know, David. I'm Using....
by tobeach / March 23, 2009 4:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Thank you Sandy

MBAM & SAS myself & still have somewhat older version of Spybot(v.160)
which has caused some problems but it got straightened out to the degree that I update it for Definitions ONLY as IF I take the update to the SD Helper or Tea Timer programs,I get crashes. It's on last legs I think. Sad. Mind you I'm running old OS & patches so makes it harder to blend in w/ newer parts of S&D. Suspect their new V.2.0 I won't be able to use at all.

Javacools Spyware Guard & Spyware Blaster are still good programs & don't seem to conflict with any I know of.

I've still got AVG 7.5 free but will change to probably Anti-Vir as soon as no more definitions are available. I'm not recommending new AVG nor new Ad-Aware to those I guide as I STILL see too many problem posts, here, there & everywhere. Again, very sad.

Glad I could help, David! Sandy Grin

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