Normally is the new and re-installed computer clean of adware, spyware, dialers, keyloggers, trojans, malware and other junk. If you install only reliable software then it will give no problems at all. But if something strange is happening, for example an unknown program that went through the firewall, it is better to have an advanced protection. This can be done by the free spyware and antivirus software Ad-Aware.
Ad-Aware Free is an anti-spyware software made in Sweden. It removes all kinds of nasty spyware, adware and viruses from your PC. For a long time this is a well-known antivirus and spyware software. The free version has a real-time malware protection and automatic updates.
Ad-Aware is a good spyware remover that protects your PC against threats such as programs that spy on you, unwanted added favorites, changed homepage, unwanted search toolbars and malware which makes your computer very slow. Root kits and viruses will be removed also with Ad-Aware.
How to download and install Ad-Aware
Ad-Aware you can download on Lavasoft.com. When you click on the download button you have the choice to open or save the file. If you want to install it right away you can choose Open, if you want to do it later or another day choose Save, so the installation wizard will be saved in the chosen folder. Once you downloaded the software, you can start the installation wizard by opening the file. In the setup wizard you will see first a welcome message, after reading this click on Next. Read the license agreement carefully and tick the box I accept the license agreement and click Next. If you have a previous version on your computer then it is better to remove it first. The next step is to choose the destination folder, the default folder is C://program files/lavasoft, Click on Browse to change the folder, otherwise press on Next. Leave Anyone who uses this computer enabled and select Next. Now you are ready to install Ad-Aware. Wait a couple of minutes to finish the installation. In the last step of the wizard you have 3 boxes. Tick Perform a full system scan now to scan your computer right after the installation, Tick Update definition file now to have the latest virus and spyware database. If you want to read the manual select Open the help file now.
How to use Ad-Aware
Once the installation is finished you can open the interface by double-click the Ad-Aware icon on your desktop or in the system tray. The Ad-Aware interface will open…
In the main window you see Web update, System scan and Ad-watch. Select Web Update to get the latest updates. Make sure the latest updates are installed. By selecting System scan you can choose different ways to scan the computer, full scan will scan your whole computer. Alternatively, you can make a restore point in Windows before you scan. The next tab shows the scan schedule, here you can set the automatic scan, for example how often to perform: once, daily, weekly or monthly.
All the viruses and spyware which has been found can be placed in Quarantine, in the tab Quarantine you have an overview of the threats. When the virus is in Quarantine means it is still on your computer but they can’t do anything anymore, they are isolated by Ad-Aware. There is an overview about the type of the spyware/virus and the location.
Click the Ad-Watch button to go to the Ad-Watch Live, this is a real-time protection. Ad-Watch Live will catch the threat before it integrate and install in your computer. There are 4 separate ways of detection: Files, Process, Registry and Network. Ad-watch will inform you if there was a malicious file blocked. you have the choise to allow or block that particular process or registry change.
In the menu Extra you see Track Sweep, this will remove traces of your browsing in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera. When you click Sweep now, all the traces of your browser will be deleted. Before you start to sweep make sure your browser is closed.
- Comprehensive Malware Protection.
- Ad-Watch Live! Basic Real-time Protection.
- Genocode Detection Technology.
- Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection.
- Rootkit Removal System.
- The Neutralizer Malware Removal Tool.
- The Scheduler.
- Easy to Install & Use.
- Automatic Updates.
Ad-Aware is a very good anti-spyware software, which has been downloaded more than 400 million times. This anti-spyware software can be compared with Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, Avira and Avast. The free version of Ad-Aware provides limited real-time protection with Ad-Watch Live. The updates of Ad-Aware are free and the scan is done automatically.