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First, open Ad-Aware. Click Check for Updates now.
Then Click Connect.
Press OK if it says new file available.
You are done when it says Webupdate Complete.
And also from any screen, you can click on "Open WebUpdate" icon (globe with magnifying glass).
First Launch Ad-Aware. Click Start.
A new window will appear. Click Next.
Ad-Aware will now Scan.
The Scan will finish. Click Next.
Check the Spyware you want to remove. DO NOT REMOVE ALEXA AS IT IS PART OF INTERNET EXPLORER. Click Next.
Confirm your selection. Click OK.
You have now Scanned and Cleaned your system with Ad-Aware.
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The sky-blue interface features five buttons. The first two, Status and Scan, lead to the core function of the application. These buttons initiate a scan of your files for adware components. After scanning is complete, the program presents a summary of results, followed by detailed results, where you select exactly which components will be removed. Ad-aware quarantines the files it removes, a nice feature which lets you restore those you didn't really want to get rid of. The third button, Ad-watch, is nonfunctional in the Standard version. The fourth button, Plug-ins, shows you what plug-ins are installed (we found none available at the time of this review). The fifth leads to the help files.
During our testing, Ad-aware missed three major and two minor adware components extant on our test machine; but of the components it did find, it couldn't remove many of them because the files were in use, unlike its competitor, Spybot, which can launch before all drivers are loaded. The adware detection problem could be solved by an updated reference list, as long as the Ad-aware team remains focused on updating it. We also found its scanning to be slower than Spybot. We were pleased to see an auto-update feature, lacking from previous versions. Overall, Ad-aware's hiatus was nothing more than a trip to the beauty salon.
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Here we go again....
I find myself once again forced to warn everyone that using Lavasoft's Ad-aware spyware remover might be dangerous. The last time I sent out a warning against using Ad-aware, it was because Lavasoft had abandoned the existing version (5.83) of their product to work on the new version, and was not going to update it to deal with one of its targets that had mutated dangerously.
Well here we are two months later and the new Ad-aware 6 is still having more or less the same problem as the old. This time the problem effects not one, but three different targets, NewDotNet, CommonName Toolbar, and Webhancer. These three programs install themselves as Layered Service Providers and alter winsock settings. To put it simply, removing any of these three programs improperly means you can kiss your connection to the internet goodbye. The original release of Ad-aware 6 does indeed remove all three of these programs improperly and does break internet access in the process. Lavasoft has released a new build which hopefully fixes this.
If you are running Ad-aware 5.x, remove it. It is obsolete. If you are running Ad-aware 6, check that you have build 162 and not build 160. You can see which build you have by clicking the information button along the upper right of the main screen (screenshot). The new build 162 reportedly fixes this problem as far as NewDotNet is concerned, however I don't know if it corrects the problems related to Webhancer or CommonName. If you need to update your version, you can download it from Lavasoft's download page at »www.lavasoft.de/support/download/
At this point, I would urge everyone to not remove these three programs with any version of Ad-aware until this is sorted out. If you have Webhancer or CommonName, Spybot removes them perfectly. »security.kolla.de/.