un-installing Ad-Aware

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by mobiman, Oct 30, 2005.

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  1. mobiman

    mobiman Registered Member

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    Please comment on the following given by an instructor, Thank you :
    "Step 3 . Un-installing Ad-Aware
    It's advisable to uninstall the software after
    every use. as some adware can detect pro-
    grams that detect them! If they detect that your
    computer is installed with Ad-Aware, they will hide
    themselves so that Ad-Aware cannot detect them."
     
  2. BILL G

    BILL G Registered Member

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    I have been using Ad-Aware for 4yr+. I would send the Instructor to The Back Of The BUS. Ask HOW and WHERE ?
     
  3. Corrine

    Corrine Spyware Fighter

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    http://img116.exs.cx/img116/1231/z7shysterical.gif I'm certainly glad that you thought to seek a second opinion. As just one example, the worm W32/Mytob-BH turns off antivirus software. There are others that have disabled Microsoft updates or the firewall. I wonder if that instructor thinks that means users should disable their A/V. I should certainly hope not.

    The best thing is to maintain a secure system, with a firewall, Windows patches up to date, install and update software like Javacool's SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard, keep your A/V updated, consider an alternate browser (i.e., Firefox or Opera) or if using IE, install IE Spyads.

    I would also suggest Tony Klein's often referred to article: "So how did I get infected in the first place?". There is a previous version here with the one just updated yesterday posted at LzD and FL (reproduced with permission).
     
  4. BlueZannetti

    BlueZannetti Administrator

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    If you think about this a bit, purely from a programming perspective, why allow the choice to exist if it's malware? Why wouldn't the author just cloak it from the start? Well, they would...., if they could. It's a really strange comment when you think about it...

    Blue
     
  5. Corrine

    Corrine Spyware Fighter

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    Good ole' Google. I found the cached story

    Its from

    "The Straits Times Interactive"
    Aug 16, 2005
    Pull the plug on POP-UPS
    CANICE PANG gives the lowdown on those nasty pop-up windows and how to detect and banish them

    The thing is, for Canice Pang to have specifically showcased Ad-Aware for removing popups, she should recommend the Plus or Pro version's Ad-Watch to keep pop-ups out in the first place. Of course, we all know there are many other options as well. :) .
     
  6. TNT

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    That's just one dumb statement. Why would one program a malware to detect whether Ad-Aware is installed, if it can hide from it anyway?
     
  7. Corrine

    Corrine Spyware Fighter

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    Indeed, TNT. That does tend to make me doubt the validity of any other advice provided by that individual.
     
  8. MikeNash

    MikeNash Security Expert

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    Horse riding instructor?

    :D
     
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