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jjreason
02-15-2004, 12:26 PM
Hey gang, just wanted to pass on the word about this amazing program. Old news by now, I'm sure most of you are up to speed. If not, and you've ever felt like your PC wasn't working as fast as it used to - you need to check it out, especially if you've ever uses a file-sharing system (Napster, Kazaa).

LavasoftUSA gives it out for free - maybe the best part. Even on dial up it will only take about 5 minutes to download and less than that to install. When you run it, it scans your PC for tons of sneaky software that sites like to leave on your PC when you're surfing so they can keep tabs of your browsing and shopping. All of these extra apps running really hinder your PC. Ad-Aware gets rid of it all, speeding things up considerably.

The latest version is 6.181 or something, I just updated mine from 5.0. One scan later, the new version had found nearly 100 new pieces of crap on my PC - not a good feeling. After clearing it off, defragging my drive and rebooting, it's like running a whole new PC.

www.lavasoftUSA.com

Check it out.

bobafrett
02-15-2004, 02:20 PM
I got it after my IE started running really slow, I mean realllllly slow. It found 304 items. I also heard about this on the radio program "online tonight", an AM radio talk show where people call in their problems they are having with their computers. They recommend only Ad-Aware and Spy-bot, both of which I now have.

BTW, neither of the programs got my problem with IE fixed, so I'm currently using Netscape Navigator 7.1, which works okay, but I don't like change that much, I want to get my IE back up and running.

jjreason
02-15-2004, 03:56 PM
IE has some pretty gaping security holes, apparently. I only use it to check my hotmail, then I close it up and use Mozilla Firebird. I'm having a little difficulty with page-load times as my system specs aren't quite up to the "recommended" level for this browser. They've released a new version called "Firefox" which I might download and try out. I'm sure that I'll experience the same lag due to my PC.

Banthaholic
02-15-2004, 04:06 PM
I also heard about this on the radio program "online tonight", an AM radio talk show where people call in their problems they are having with their computers. They recommend only Ad-Aware and Spy-bot, both of which I now have.

I also use both Ad-aware & Spy-bot on a regular basis, along with a program I found called 'Hijack this'.

When I have to I manually zap things from the registry, and I keep pretty good tab on my machine.

Darth Kirk
02-15-2004, 04:42 PM
Hey gang, just wanted to pass on the word about this amazing program. Old news by now, I'm sure most of you are up to speed. If not, and you've ever felt like your PC wasn't working as fast as it used to - you need to check it out, especially if you've ever uses a file-sharing system (Napster, Kazaa).

LavasoftUSA gives it out for free - maybe the best part. Even on dial up it will only take about 5 minutes to download and less than that to install. When you run it, it scans your PC for tons of sneaky software that sites like to leave on your PC when you're surfing so they can keep tabs of your browsing and shopping. All of these extra apps running really hinder your PC. Ad-Aware gets rid of it all, speeding things up considerably.

The latest version is 6.181 or something, I just updated mine from 5.0. One scan later, the new version had found nearly 100 new pieces of crap on my PC - not a good feeling. After clearing it off, defragging my drive and rebooting, it's like running a whole new PC.

www.lavasoftUSA.com

Check it out.


Thanks for the heads up, jjreason
:)

Kidhuman
02-15-2004, 08:10 PM
I have a program called spysweeper. It basically does the same thing. I like it and it keeps all that junk off my computer. It will give me an alert, like a virus program if one of them things tries to sneak onto my comp.

Exhaust Port
02-15-2004, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the reminder. I run Spybot (which is also the engine behind Ad-ware) but am not in the habit of running it frequently. I ran it again and cleaned up another 20 problems on the ol' computer.

Jedi_Master_Guyute
02-15-2004, 10:17 PM
I'm using university PC's while stuck here in the dorms and they have something called "lavasoft Ad-Ware 6" and it's pretty good about picking up ad-ware and all that jazz.

I am thinknig about the anti-virus thing though as it tells me it about viruses in my temp net files and i'm not sure if they're already on the PC or trying to get loaded. oh well. :D

Kidhuman
02-16-2004, 12:21 AM
I am thinknig about the anti-virus thing though as it tells me it about viruses in my temp net files and i'm not sure if they're already on the PC or trying to get loaded. oh well. :D


Tose viruses usually come from Kazaa. I had gotten a few of those when I downloaded some songs when i used it. Just empty your temp folder and they will be gone.

Jargo
02-16-2004, 04:56 AM
I preferred to pay and use Norton antispam with popup window and ad blocker. Sorts out your spam mail too. Excellent programme. I don't trust anything free. Nor the insistance thet it's safe. Same with antivirus software. i use Norton because it comes from Symantec who run SARC which is where al the viruses are dissected and anti virus definitions created. Every other piece of software that catches viruses uses the SARC definitions anyway so i'd rather get the def's first hand in timely fashion direct from source via the software created by the company. It's cheap software anyway. But damn efficient. Then I guess it's just one man's meat is another man's data protection system.

scruffziller
02-16-2004, 05:52 AM
Yea I am hip to this program and have introduced friends to it. I also had started a thread some months ago.

http://www.sirstevesguide.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20910&highlight=Ad-aware

darthvyn
02-16-2004, 05:24 PM
ad-aware and spybot both target data miners, malware, and adware that sneak onto your system... they also spot out trojan horses, programs written to look like a browser helper object that can install themselves into internet exploiter and create havoc in your system. you can also use "hijack this" but the site seems to be down right now... BHO's like the google toolbar are cool, but there are some that change all your homepage routing, the automatic search page that IE brings up if your URL isn't corresponding to anything on the net (which is kinda annoying to begin with, i hate that feature...)

all this leads me to the realization that IE sucks and firefox or at least mozilla is the best thing you can use to browse the net...

but jargo, just because you are using norton, doesn't mean something's not slipping by...

and man, all you people that had like, 100 objects showing up... that's DIRTY!

jjreason
02-17-2004, 12:45 AM
No kidding! I felt awful, I had been running AdAware 5.0 routinely for probably close to a year, 6 months at least, and had been finding things. I don't know exactly what made me decide to update it - but I'm glad I did. Now if I could only get my bloody modem to stop this racket it has decided to keep making lately, I'd be all set. I need a new PC in the worst way.

2-1B
02-17-2004, 01:29 AM
I started using Ad-aware sometime last year and found 4 items when I did my first search.

Since then, nothing. :)

sith_killer_99
02-17-2004, 12:03 PM
Well, I am (or was) a big fan of Norton. I am currently running 2004 with a full one year subscription. However, I was not happy with it this year, when I went to install 2004 over my 2003 version I ran into all kinds of trouble. I had to uninstall all my old Norton stuff and re-load it onto my computer. I later read an article in PC Magazine that said other people were having trouble "upgrading" as well, and they recommened uninstalling and loading it from scratch, as I did. One of my co-workers had the same problem.

What really cheesed me off to no end, was their new "tech support" which Symantec has the nerve to charge for now!!! If you want free tech support you have to e-mail them with the problem, which in my case involved my computer locking up so I couldn't e-mail anyone! :mad: So let's get this straight, I buy your product, and you want to charge me more money to help undo the damage your program did to my OS?!?! :eek: :mad: Then, to top it all off, they claim that the reason they charge for tech support is to reduce the cost of their product, which still cost me over $60.00!

I am soooooo through with Symantec! If I hadn't already paid for the service and spent hours smoothing out the problems and getting it to run straight, I would kick it to the curb now!

They will have to get some pretty hot reviews next year, if they want any more of my money!

Anyway, I run their spyware/keystroke logging detection/firewall/anti-virus programs. I also run ad-ware and a few others, I have noticed that each program seems to find stuff the others don't. I have also noticed that I get stuff on my system that Norton can't get rid of, I end up with "delete failed" or some other garbage.

Very frustrating, considering how much time I spend running updates and security patches, and still end up with a crap load of garbage on my system. :rolleyes:

Reefer Shark
02-17-2004, 12:57 PM
and man, all you people that had like, 100 objects showing up... that's DIRTY!
That's nothing... I've seen over 300 objects on some scans...:beard:

I do tech support for a fairly large company, and I put ad-aware on almost all the computers I set up (great program btw, very user freindly). We use that in addtion to Norton, or McAfee (I prefer Norton, though Symantec is pi$$ing me off too....).

But anyways, yeah. There always seems to be noticable difference with performance after I run ad-aware. Nice free program. :)

Kidhuman
02-17-2004, 01:25 PM
I use On-trak. I think it blows norton away. It was catching viruses twenty minutes before NOrton would. It also comes with alot of extra programs such as defrag, disk fix, clean up, virus protection, registry defrag, performance testing for your PC(diagnostics). It is a great program and the updated Fix-It 5.0 has its own firewall as well. I am using 4.0 right now. I would recommend this over Norton any day.

sith_killer_99
02-17-2004, 09:13 PM
I have On-Trac's Internet clean up, but not the whole PC diagnostics (firewall, anti-virus, etc).