I have had nothing but problems when running Adaware. I don't understand why no one has busted them. They're like the your "friendly" local neighborhood thug. Sure, they'll "protect" you from spyware, malware, etc. In exchange, they get to place a huge spyware program of their own for themselves to track everything you do. This program totally mucked up my machine, at best slowing everything down and sucking up processing resources. I had a hell of a time getting it off my computer. Yeah, sure it's free. Ad-aware is the classic example of "you get what you pay for." NOT recommended.