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PC Tips - Ad-Aware

There's nothing much to installing Ad-Aware. Download to your "Downloaded Software" folder (whatever you've called it on your machine) ... then double-click on it to install. The first thing you want to do is check for updates ... this will make sure you have the latest definitions file. Then perform a full system scan. When the scan is running it looks like this:

Ad-Aware

When it's complete it will look like this. Don't panic, much of what it calls critical objects and not much of a problem.

Ad-Aware

You'll also note that it tells you there are some number of negligible objects. You can ignore those, they're not a problem. Click Next, and you'll get a window like this which lists the critical objects ...

Ad-Aware

If you right click on one of the critical object, you get a drop down menu like this ...

Ad-Aware

What you really want to do is Select All Objects, but if you want to learn more about a particular object choose Item Details ...

Ad-Aware

If you want to know even more, click on TAC Page which will connect to Lavasoft's Internet Website and show you what they call a Threat Assessment Chart. But as I said, what you really want to do is Select All Objects (which will put check mark next to every object as shown below) and the click Quarantine. It will then ask for a file name ... I'm not exactly sure why since it also seems put them in an automatically named quarantine file. I type in a name just to make it happy and click OK.

Ad-Aware

You then get a box saying some number of objects will be quarantined, click OK. Then a box like this saying they will be removed, click OK ...

Ad-Aware

At that point you should be able to run a smart system scan and if everything is OK, it will report zero critical objects. Every couple of weeks, or if your machine behaves differently run another full system scan.

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