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    Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    I've noticed an increasing number of "disgruntled user" posts on Usenet, despite the favourable rent-a-review magazine articles. The main gripes I've seen are support issues and sluggish performance. I'm trying out some <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> alternatives at the moment:

    SUPERAntiSpyware
    AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition
    Comodo BOClean

    I'm certainly sticking with Spybot S&D, but see this more as complementing Ad-Aware rather than a "replacement".
    Anybody have other experiences with other possibilities?

    Alan

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    Do you use the realtime protection feature available in the Plus and Pro versions, or only the scan feature available in the Free version?

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    Just the scan feature of the free version. I do use the Spybot Tea-Timer feature for real-time monitoring. My firewall also alerts to any attempts to change registry settings.

    Alan

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    If you scan nightly, or once a week, it doesn't matter very much if scanning is slow. I found TeaTimer to have a negative effect on the performance of my PC, so I turned it off; if your firewall also checks for registry changes, I don't see a need for TeaTimer.
    And in my experience, Spybot S&D scans have become a lot slower too. I run scans using AdAware and Spybot S&D once a week, and they haven't found anything for years (except for the occasional false positive), so I suppose the other protection I have is sufficient.

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    Yeah, me too Hans, although I often procrastinate beyond the one-week mark! I also count on Spyware Blaster so I run my AdAware or Spybot scans and go do something else for awhile. I guess I really don't know how slow either is because of that.

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    The scans I ran with both products never found anything. I also found that the scans seemed to be much slower than what I had originally experienced. So, I've quit using either one at home. It was just not worth my time to review the same stuff over and over. On my Vista PC I'm only using the Windows firewall. I'm very tempted on my XP SP-2 PC to uninstall ZA and just go with the Windows firewall. I so seldom look at that PC that I'm just too lazy to do it.

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    My approach is similar, but I've found teatimer's performance hit to be impercievable. Still, since it's never popped up anything, it's probably a waste running it. The BIG problem is that the free old ad-aware will no longer fetch updates. You have to check on MajorGeeks or the like. I'd therefore like to scuttle it completely and find a better free "equivalent". I guess I'll have to just play, test, coexist etc. until I reach a choice. Like I said, I don't think much of the mag reviews on these types of products.

    Alan

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    Hi Alan,
    I tried the AVG AS Free Edition this autumn, both with the initial 30 day trial and the free version. With the full version and its realtime protection it's obvious that some process will be running in the background (I'm not so interested in adding more running processes if I can avoid it, obviously the size of the load also matter, thus realtime AS isn't the most important for me), but IIRC when it went to Free after 30 days the process was still there. Could be due to core functionality, as in the new Ad-Aware 2007, or maybe the process ran for some time then closed.

    Anyhow, I uninstalled it later on (decided to continue the Ad-Aware/Spybot combo). The additional "tools" (in AVG AS) wasn't much; already had them in some variant: Processes monitor, connections, autostart; all those I already had via Sysinternals tools (as many of you). Other tools are found in Spybot S&D. (We see similar tools in MS Defender, more or less).

    As always I'm late to the show <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>, I installed the new Ad-Aware 2007 some days ago, as Lavasoft stopped updating the old one 31 Dec. Though I have followed the posts here, I also have noticed elsewhere that there initially were some upset talk about the "aawservice.exe" using a lot of memory. As it seems now, that has changed.

    So, beside those you mentioned, MS Defender comes to mind. Have not tried it lately. Used it during the beta.

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    Hi Hans,
    As I mentioned to Alan, I recently updated to Ad-Aware 2007; I find it quite a bit slower. I agree that Spybot S&D also is slower now, well that's how it goes when checking against growing definitions. Not a problem though, since I do something else during the scan. Never have found anything but MRU lists. Oh, yes, the other day it found what it called a possible browser hijack in my Fx bookmarks ... A 10 year old bookmark Ad-Aware have had opinions about every now and then.

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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    How did you turn TeaTimer off? I couldn't see a menu method that stuck, so I used MSConfig to disable it.
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    Re: Ad-Aware 2007 - Alternatives?

    You need to be in Advanced mode (Mode | Advanced mode).
    Click on the Tools section in the bar on the left, then click on Resident.
    There's a check box for TeaTimer here.
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