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    AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    It "seems" to me that

    a) I can run the freebie version of Ad-aware 6.0, and delete useless "stuff" -- but only from the current XP profile/user.

    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] I can then run Spybot Search & Destroy, and it will delete useless "stuff" from other XP profiles/users (and presumably would have done for my own XP profile if I hadn't run it second!).

    Can other people confirm or deny this effect? Thanks!
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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    I find that Spybot S&D is more thorough than Adaware but I still run Adaware periodically as it will sometimes, not often, find something that Spybot has missed.

    To prevent the junk from getting on your computer in the first place, download and use Spyware Guard and Spyware Blaster.
    Don't foreget to update the reference databases before you run them.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    I run Ad-Aware, Spybot, & Pest Patrol...usually in that order. Lately, Spybot hasn't been finding anything & Pest Patrol always finds some cookies & registry entries that it advises are adware. I'm wondering if somehow I told Spybot to ignore too many things. I've forgotten how to reset it.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Hi Phil

    Run Spybot. There should be a menu on the left side of the window. Select Excludes. You should now have 4 new menu selections with "Products" providing 11 category tabs.
    Unselect any excludes you want to get rid of.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Thanks, Ken, but I'm still a little confused. In all catagories, there are no checkmarks in Excludes. The instructions say to select (I assume it means put a checkmark) if you want Spybot to ignore it during a scan. Do I have it backwards? i.e. does putting a checkmark mean it will check for that?

    The reason this is strange is that Ad-Aware found two registry keys for Download Accelerator Plus (which I've never knowingly installed) & listed them as spyware. Spybot did not find them, & I have up-to-date definitions. Download Accelerator Plus is listed under one of the Excludes catagories, but is not checked. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Back to your original question, John. I was quite surprised by your findings since I never thought about whether or not AdAware or Spybot worked through the registry entries of all user accounts! I spent considerable time at the AdAware site yesterday and this morning, reading all I could, including in the user forums. I can't find ANY mention of the fact that any of their versions will or will not clean junk from ALL profiles. I hope someone else will join your (our) search for this answer. I'd hate to have to run malware detection software multiple times to truly cleanup a system. BTW, I'm running A-A Pro and looked also in its settings to see if there's any option (or mention) about ONLY the current user's registry or all users and I don't see anything.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    I think the rules of Windows XP will apply. If files are NOT share by the account user, then the other accounts may not be searched. I have seen several programs that will not or can not search the other accounts "Documents and Settings" folders. If you try it, I do NOT think that the Windows search will look in those folders.

    That said, "A" or "The" Admin account may be different, and search ALL files.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    I don't know how to test your theory, Dave. I just now used Windows Explorer and did a few sample searches in my son's profile (limited user) and an emergency admin account I keep, just in case. Searches were successful in both cases. So, I dunno .....

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Put a file in your Admin accounts "My Douments" folder, which needs to be NOT shared. Then log in as the limited user, and do a search on that file. You should NOT be able to find it.

    Just noted that you used the term "Profile", is this a Windows XP machine?
    Or are you on a 9x machine using profiles?

    Profiles are NOT protected, and can be searched by other profiles?

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Hi Phil

    Nope......you've got it right......checking a file to "Exclude" will, in essence, remove it from the bad guy list......until you remove the check to re-insert it.
    I use DAP and don't get any hits from either Adaware or Spybot.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Al

    Thanks for returning to the thread!

    I should have said that "we're all Administrators on XP, here",
    me because I'm (supposed to be) the techie,
    and her, because she doesn't know any different.

    So everyone can see everyone's files, and so my original post should be read in this context.


    If anyone wants to hear my rant about why, at work, we make (the global group) Domain Users a member of the (local group) Administrators on each NT 4 workstation, then I'm sure I can trot it out in another post!!
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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    C'Mon guys, can we focus on John's question? Does anyone KNOW how AdAware and Spybot handle multiple user profiles on an XP machine? Dave, take off your MS hat for a minute and check the attachment. Accounts and Profiles seem to me to be synonymous. Yes, we're talking about XP machines.....
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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    Al,
    On a "Domain" network the account settings become a "Profile" to be used in the roaming from computer to computer.

    On a Peer to Peer network, different Accounts can be set up to control the settings of each user, including separate email boxes.

    I have heard that on NT, 2K and XP machines,one can also set up email Profiles, like was done on 9x machines. So within each user's account additional email profiles can set up. This could become very confusing, because one would need to be in the right user account to get to the right profile. I have never used any of the 9x type of profiles.

    On a 9x machine a profile was used to control some settings including a email box.

    When talking about accounts and profiles one needs to state the use on what OS, Network type and accounts type. This starting to get like the "Messenger" mess that MS has created.

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    Re: AdAware vs. Spybot S&D

    I have run AdAware on two of my machines with several accounts on each. I visited several internet sites that deposited "Tracker" and or some of the other ad watching cookies in each account. I ran AdAware from my main account, found and cleaned them from that account, but did NOT find the others. I was watching the folder go flying by during the scan, all I saw that was scanned in the "Documents and Settings" folder was Alluser, Default and the current logged in account.

    This is using Windows XP PRO on a Peer to Peer network.

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