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February 16, 2010
7:04 PM
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I saw on CNET that Lavasoft had a new version of Ad-Aware out.  I hadn't used it in a while, so I downloaded and installed it.  I really just wanted something that could be run on-demand.

The installer was very naughty and forced a re-boot.  Now I know that this is pretty normal for any security software, but it didn't even give a choice.  At the end of the installer, it just had a checkbox for "Start Adware now" which was checked by default and when you clicked 'Finish' on the installer, the computer just rebooted-I did not see any indication that "Start Ad-Aware now" was going to do a reboot..

And when it rebooted it had installed two services to run at start up.  Because of the way it forced the reboot, it didn't give Anvir a chance to let me choose not to start them up.  I did subsequently tell Anvir to not let them start, but every time you ran Ad-Aware, it tried to put them back in.

And my computer seemed much slower with it on, especially other startup services seemed to start slower.

I didn't really give Ad-Aware much of a chance after that and I just uninstalled it (which required another reboot).  Too bad.  This used to be a great piece of software and was one of the first adware/spyware protectors.  The free-ware version used to be only on-demand which was much better than trying to install startup services that I didn't want.

February 17, 2010
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Hi Karen! Smile

Your observation is as usual bullseye!

That's why I did not upgrade to this version but stuck to the Anniversary Edition which incidentally is the earlier version; yours I guess is the latest version.

Karen I'd like to share an observation with you. I make this observation after the global recession began, (Europe & Australia continue to reel from it & most parts of Asia too!)

What even trustworthy apps are doing is to tweak coding in a manner which improves their profit by reducing their cost. They are moving to slower update servers, the update breaks if one is a light user of their product (rather than being a heavy user), via IP address the coding identifies if geographically the user aka you & I is in a country or continent where there is a cluster of heavy users etc etc etc

This naughtiness in coding then controls the update server also. Apart from this to serve or appease the apps own insecurity (its bad times for Ad Aware incidentally over the last few years) the app tries to dominate the boot up to crowd out competitor apps etc etc etc

As users we get caught in the middle. Ad Aware will also nudge you for weekly updates. Don't fall for it.

That's why I use the Anniversary Edition of Ad Aware & update daily. I resolutely keep refusing weekly updates. There are other naughty apps too out there. Out of experience I suggest uninstallation & use the Anniversary edition please.

I see merit in using the AE edition because Ad Aware is still a good app to have. Just observe the types of malware it catches in AE edition & you'd agree with me.

I do empathise with you. It feels lousyFrown

Ramesh

February 17, 2010
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Do you know where I can get a copy of that version of Ad-Aware?

February 17, 2010
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http://www.download.cnet.com & click on the free subcategory. Select Anniversary Edition version 8.0.

BTW it is free. Upon receiving your post I'd rushed off to check it for you. I think their server is slow presently. Please wait rather than going to any other site.

I say this because this "good boy app" has been playing hide & seek with its version number. Perhaps it could not handle the pessure of facing up to a bad day or looking trouble straight in the eye.  So take it only from http://www.download.cnet.com

As you already know when it comes to cleanliness this site i.e.  http://www.download.cnet.com is SNOWHITE

RameshSmile

February 18, 2010
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Ad-Aware was good when it was an on-demand scanner. It just tries to do to much these days.

February 18, 2010
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amnesia – you are absolutely right

RameshSmile

February 18, 2010
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amnesia said:

Ad-Aware was good when it was an on-demand scanner. It just tries to do to much these days.


Exactly!!! Why do they try to mess with a good thing?

February 18, 2010
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Ramesh Kumar said:

http://www.download.cnet.com & click on the free subcategory. Select Anniversary Edition version 8.0.

BTW it is free. Upon receiving your post I'd rushed off to check it for you. I think their server is slow presently. Please wait rather than going to any other site.

I say this because this "good boy app" has been playing hide & seek with its version number. Perhaps it could not handle the pessure of facing up to a bad day or looking trouble straight in the eye.  So take it only from http://www.download.cnet.com

As you already know when it comes to cleanliness this site i.e.  http://www.download.cnet.com is SNOWHITE

RameshSmile


Thanks. I'll have to try that edition when I get home from work.

February 18, 2010
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@Ramesh: I cant find the anniversary edition it doesn't appear to be on the site anymore, can you or someone else provide a link?

Difficult, to be sure…..but it shall be done!!
February 18, 2010
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http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Aw…..?tag=mncol

Strange how it's here and not on their site.

Hang on, thats a definition file.

February 18, 2010
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but thats the definition file…. i need the old program too………….. Sorry i'm a pain i know……..

Difficult, to be sure…..but it shall be done!!
February 18, 2010
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All links point to the latest version. TBH I wouldn't even bother with ad-aware, there's better one's out there.

February 18, 2010
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amnesia said:

All links point to the latest version. TBH I wouldn't even bother with ad-aware, there's better one's out there.


Yeah, I'm not going to bother. It used to be such good software :cry:

February 18, 2010
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Dear All,Smile

AdAware Anniversary Edition. Solution:-

1) I have the installer exe & can give it to you. The installer is clean & has full file integrity too. How do I send it? It is 35.7mb?

2) http://www.filehippo.com "might" have it. I have checked. He says it is AdAware 8.2.0.0. *Please don't get thrown off by that 8.2 bit. It might well be AdAware Anniversary 8.0. Therefore 1 or some amongst us please check. You can uninstall it & inform others if it is not

3)Softpedia explicitly states that this edition stands withdrawn. *It is definitely being supported even now. I confirm that*

3)BTW the md5 checksum of the exe on http://www.filehippo.com differs from the md5 checksum of the exe I have on my hard disk. I've never concluded that thaerefore it is not the same because:-

  • checksums may either include the ini
  • checksums sometimes exclude the ini

4)Let me know if you choose point 1

One learning I wish to share:-

Many apps are playing this version number hide & seek game after the global recession began just to increase sales/user base. It's an old software trick trying to increase sales by upgrading version/adding feature. This devilry often can be caught if user comments of the new version is adverse, users in fact ask us to revert to an earlier one or there is no credible changelog (may even be all the 3)

Incidentally the main blog (Ashraf's article on which OS is best) even points this devilry among other things

RameshSmile

February 19, 2010
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Thanks for the offer, but I'm just going to give up and take my business elsewhere.

February 19, 2010
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I walked into my brother's house last night just as my neice had finished installing Ad-Aware on her new computer.

A couple minutes later she said that it hadn't installed after all. So I told my brother about this thread and suggested he tells his daughter not to install it. But he's an Ad-Aware fan and wants her to have it.

He looked at her computer and ended up finding an option to download what he said was an "older version" on the download page.

I was sitting acrosss the room, so couldn't see the computer screen.

But it sounds like they *might* be offering an option to download an older version now.

It might be worth checking out if you want that program.

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February 19, 2010
6:19 AM
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Wheezer is helpful as always!Smile

Yes this might solve the problem

RameshSmile

February 19, 2010
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Ramesh Kumar said:

Wheezer is helpful as always!Smile

Yes this might solve the problem

RameshSmile

I checked out the download page and couldn't find any options to download a prior version.


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