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? re: file found by Ad-aware

by zeebell / September 22, 2004 11:20 PM PDT

Windows 98; IE 6; cable modem

I have a friend who ran the new version of ad-aware yesterday. It found 150 new objects in 62,000 files. When using the old version, the # of files did not exceed 32,000.

She was gone for a week and unplugged her PC. When she powered it back up all went well. Where did those extra 30,000 files come from?

Could it be spyware that was "sitting on the server" waiting to come down the pike when she started her PC up again? This may be a silly question, but I'm curious about all those extra files.

We did run the new version of ad-aware and it froze on us. I can get as far as right-clicking and selecting all objects to remove but it freezes on deleting.

I then got the updates for spybot and ran it and it found several items. We got rid of those dudes. If ad-aware will not run this morning, I'm going to uninstall and download it again. Maybe it got fragmented along the way someplace.

My real question is about those extra 30,000 files. Her AVG shows her clean.

Thanks for your ideas.


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Re: ? re: file found by Ad-aware
by Donna Buenaventura / September 22, 2004 11:36 PM PDT
My real question is about those extra 30,000 files

I don't know the real answer but by looking into some of its' "What's New" info, we'll see the following:

Scanning engine improvements
-Now scans all modules loaded by a process

Extended Registry scanning
-Now scans registry branches of multiple user accounts
-Extended Scanning for known and unknown/possible Browser-Hijackers

Extended Disk scanning
-Now scans and lists alternate Data-streams on NTFS volume
-Now Ad-Aware supports scanning of Cabinet files, (including spanned archives)

Note: The above features in Ad-aware SE is not complete. I only choose the items that is related to its # scanning of files that you are asking.

Full info on what's new at http://www.lavasoftusa.com/news/20040809.shtml

The old version is still supported but it is recommended to use the new version.
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Hey Donna -- we're all fixed up!
by zeebell / September 23, 2004 7:40 AM PDT

I went back to my friend's home this morning and found that after spybot did its scan and deletions, all was well. I re-ran ad-aware SE and it only showed 28,000 files this time and it came up with 0 objects. That is much better than the 62,000 originally showed.

Her PC has been working for several hours now a-ok, so guess it's ok. Time will tell.

Thanks for your info.


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Good to hear that Julea :)
by Donna Buenaventura / September 24, 2004 1:03 AM PDT

Great job in helping your friends Love

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Just so I'm not the friend that was ---
by zeebell / September 25, 2004 12:37 AM PDT

you know what I mean ---- "good neighbor Sam." (hehehehe) I'm really careful about doing things on another's PC and never do anything unless I really know what I'm doing. That's one reason I rely on cnet -- it's such a great learning tool. I'd rather mess up my PC than theirs ---- and I really work at not messing mine up.


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Re: Just so I'm not the friend that was ---
by John Robie / September 25, 2004 4:58 AM PDT

CNet can always use more people in the forums and maybe read the ads. It would be nice if you let your friends know about the forums and perhaps they can ask questions.


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Re: Just so I'm not the friend that was ---
by zeebell / September 25, 2004 11:15 PM PDT

Hi JR -- I have been doing that for the 4, almost 5 years I've been participating here. They all seem to not want to take that leap for some reason. I keep trying and do think I have 1 friend that will be joining us soon.


P.S. Do I need to start another thread for this off topic question? How do you get the smiley inserted in a post (like you have done in your post)? I do sigs at another forum using html coding so I know enough about that to be dangerous (LOL). I do have some smileys that would work here at times.

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Re: Just so I'm not the friend that was ---
by roddy32 / September 25, 2004 11:28 PM PDT

Hi Julea If you go to the Forum FAQ, number 7 tells you how to add an emoticon. Grin

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(NT) (NT) Thank you very much; I'll check out #7.
by zeebell / September 27, 2004 12:53 PM PDT
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Hey Roddy -- guess what I found --
by zeebell / September 28, 2004 2:11 AM PDT

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.:)
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Re: Hey Roddy -- guess what I found --
by roddy32 / September 28, 2004 2:13 AM PDT

You are welcome Julea Wink

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