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Possible Lavasoft Adaware SE scam

by Prandy / July 22, 2006 2:43 AM PDT

They appear to make everything as difficult as possilbe relative to freeware version and try and dircet you to purchase version 1.06 for about $29. You really don't need it.

See my post at:


which reads as follows:

Experiences with AOL & Ad-Aware identical to yours - BUT
But, I did not waste the time to fix them. AOL problem with macromedia error messages simply went away.

Just wanted you to know you are not alone.

First, Lavasoft is apparently doing a SCAM job to get people to buy the paid for version of Ad-Aware 1.06 by making everything as difficult as possible.

Ad-Aware Build 138 finally installed and works fine without doing anything on this computer despite the fact that I am first directed to download the "free $29 to buy" version 1.06.

The other computer my wife uses (see my cnet profile)went through a lightning strike that went through the surge protector and we had to call someone in to fix it (power surges are not covered under DELL warranty).

Now, the other computer works PERFECT except for Ad-Aware. It now will only give error messages that Ad-Aware definitions are 58 days old and we need to install version 1.06.

AOL spyzapper catches the most stuff of all six anti- spyware programs I run. Since all Adaware-SE ever catches is tracking cookies, it is easier to hit the ''delete cookes'' button on the internet options window than to worry about what happens.

I just deleted the Ad-Aware program from the second computer since Trend Micro Security Suite 12 and AOL anti spy catches EVERTYHING. Miccosofts Defender & Windows Anti Malware program full scans, Spybot, SBC/Yahoo anti spy, have never detected anything on either computer.

AOL spyzapper catches all the keylogger, trojans, etc. that McAfee and multiple spyare programs miss so it really is not worth worrying about. Good luck and I hope you are able to quit worrying about spyware and get on with a real life!!!

BTW: Assume you know it but for others that may read this, when you have a hardware router with a good firewall in addition to a good software firewall, your chance of getting a virus are from nil to zero unless you spend your life on porn sites and/or open SPAM emails.


Best wishes.

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Even Google sends you to "paid for" version of Ad-Aware SE
by Prandy / July 22, 2006 3:03 AM PDT
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Hmm. ....IF you read this......
Ad-Aware is completely free! A Plus version is available for immediate download for $26.95 which features real-time monitoring and blocking for your system.


...... it sounds "different" as what you wrote ?
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You R correct.-Frankly, most of these programs are worthless
by Prandy / November 1, 2006 11:11 AM PST

All of a sudden they give you the free version of 1.06. No wonder. All it ever catches is tracking cookies. Trend Micro12 or AOL anti spy catch all the real problems. And as to Windows defender, it has NEVER caught anything even on full scan. If you are on SBC Yahoo's new Norton Anti-Spy, it catches everything as well but they only update about once a month.

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AOL Spyzapper does not catch them all - I deleted it.
by DarCLew2 / November 1, 2006 1:52 PM PST

www.lavasoft.com has both the free and paid versions. www.filehippo.com has the free version(I just installed it 5 minutes ago)Ad-Aware SE Personal. Windows Antispyware is the present Windows Defender.
Yahoo had Antispy but the present name is Norton Antispyware. Spybot S&D is from http://www.safer-networking.org/ and is also on www.filehippo.com.
The latest updates for Spybot know breaks it down to Keyloggers,Dialers, Malware, PUPS, Security, Spybots,
Trojans and more. It deletes atdmt.com, atwola.com and another item that is AOL's. I don't have any errors with Macromed since I unchecked the box of CCleaner.
In short, AOL does not catch all apyware, tracking cookies. I have been on AOL since 1999. If you have the other AOL AIM (newaol.com), you have spyware from viewpoint. That is a fact. Darrell Lewis

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