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Is Ad-aware Dead or dieing?

by C Grover / March 1, 2007 5:15 AM PST

My personal version of Ad-aware has not been able to update (using the update click here thing)for most of this last month.

I re-downloaded and installed it again just yesterday. Then ran the update which fails just like the existing one did. It did run a full scan (as delivered) and come back with some issues but just won't update.

I went to lavasoft, and their website's support forums where the issue seems to be happening to others. I did not do the suggested "Blah blah blah malware blah blah blah" stuff) I did download and run the Microsoft malware detector, and it did not see anything.

Looks like Ad-aware is about to release a new 2007 ver.

I have AVG a-spam installed and run it just fine. I just thought that I'd run adaware once in a while to pick up a few others, but it won't update.

Anyone got a clue???

Is there another FREE a-spam or a-malware program I should use in it's place?

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we'll see
by C Grover / March 1, 2007 6:44 AM PST

I guess it started working again.

Guess I'll just have to wait and see what's up.

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Ad-Aware Dead?
by Carol~ Moderator / March 1, 2007 6:46 AM PST

C Grover..

You mentioned, 'I went to lavasoft, and their website's support forums where the issue seems to be happening to others. I did not do the suggested "Blah blah blah malware blah blah blah" stuff) I did download and run the Microsoft malware detector, and it did not see anything.'

From what I've read at the Lavasoft Forum and elsewhere, it would be worth your while to rule out any malware. You said you didn't do the 'blah blah malware stuff'. It's only my opinion, but I think you might benefit from scanning with something in addition to the MS malware detector. (The trial version of AVG Anti-Spyware is an option, as is an online scan with Housecall.)

Some Ad-Aware users were having problems with the update stopping after only five percent is processed. You didn't indicate specifically, if this was your case. According to a thread at the Lavasoft Forum (post #8) , 'If the update stops after only five percent is processed, your firewall is most likely preventing the update. To correct this, disable the firewall for the duration of the update or configure the firewall to allow requests from Ad-Aware SE to pass through.'

Only some considerations and best of luck..

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Curcat Mentioned the 5% Only During Update.....
by tobeach / March 1, 2007 2:36 PM PST

another reason for the 5% download is IF their download servers are temporarily overloaded with download requests. This sometimes happens when many read that there's a new update and rush to get it. Usually trying again 1 hour later gets the update.

If you have 2 way (in&out) firewall, you must specifically approve Adaware for update. You may have to do this thru "MS Security Center" in SP2 machines.

AVG 7.5 Anti-Spy (formerly EWIDO) is quite good & has VERY large recognized threat base. Free 30 day trial of full function version. After 30 days up, if you chose not to buy license, you get to keep the scanner & can update manually. You lose the background guard & the "automatic" update check. Will get MOST malware. If unable to remove something, try scan/removal again in safe mode.
Good Luck! Happy

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