Adaware

For goodness sake, use adaware!


There are alternatives, yes, and some even work. But for every minute I have spent using adaware preemptively, I have saved hours of clean-up and recovery. Installing and running adaware is the first thing I do after creating a system restore point on a new client’s computer.

The free version has to be run manually, and that’s all it takes to have one of the best guards against malicious software being installed on your computer.

Somethings I have noticed about adaware. One, after installing you should check for updates even after it says it has updated the program. That’s important. Then run it for the most current version and use of spyware definitions.

Next, on the average, I find about 300 “infections” are discovered on the average first run. The lowest I have discovered is around 8 for a first running of adaware. The most is over 3000. (It took 45 minutes just to boot that computer—the price of free porn being available on a 24-hr basis to 23-year old males.) Yet for the most part, these so-called infections are just cookies. It is the “critical items” which are more worriesome.

Critical items are genuine threats to a computers functioning and well-being. I’d say the number one I come across is MyWebSearch. I love seeing adaware pick that off. And getting rid of MyWebSearch is by far one of the most satisfying quick-fixes I know of. It’s like a miniature version of the awesomely troubling AOL software. (Getting rid of AOL software is no small task. Of course, it’s nothing compared to getting rid of McAfee anti-virus software. That’s practically Herculean.)

Lastly, when you check off the items for adaware to get rid off, some items will be declared to be in need of a computer restart to completely eradicate. So when you finish, it will appear they are still in place. Restart the computer. If you want, rerun adaware again. They’ll be gone.

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