ad-aware is useless or is it just me

  [DELETED] 20:16 21 Nov 2003


i updated to ad-aware6 a while ago, prior to that i was on version5 and it picked up loads of spyware.

i run version 6 about once a week and it picks up NONE, is version 6 missing something or have i finally got it all cracked.

i tried going back to version5 but it was the same.

i cant believe that i have no spyware on my system but it reports that i am clear.

anyone else noticed this or am i alone.


  [DELETED] 20:19 21 Nov 2003

No Ad-aware is very sharp, did you have it fully updated when you did the search?

  powerless 20:20 21 Nov 2003

It only ever finds Cookies.

I'm a good surfer...

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  [DELETED] 20:30 21 Nov 2003

spybot says Congratulations, no immediate threats were found so maybe my system is just so secure now that nothing can get in,,,,,,,, wishfull thinking.

then again im running spysweeper, pest control, zone alarm pro, avg 6.0, spybot, adaware & pop-up stopper pro.

still things try to get at me. 945 attacks (probably most of them from my ISP) reported in zone alarm today.

  [DELETED] 20:41 21 Nov 2003

Prior to installing Spyware blaster I was getting about 6 per day on ad-aware and the same on Spybot. Now I get very few indeed, do you have Spybot as well, it may pick up things ad-aware misses. HTH TR

  [DELETED] 20:43 21 Nov 2003

Sorry, I see you have Spybot. Must learn to read the posts thoroughly. TR

  [DELETED] 21:14 21 Nov 2003

'still things try to get at me. 945 attacks (probably most of them from my ISP) reported in zone alarm today'.....Oh well this deserves repeating.............You will NOT get hacked on a home computer. Hackers are not interested in the utter drivel that is on mine and everyone else's

Firewalls are useful in stopping Trojans dialling out but to be honest, if someone wanted to put a dialler on a computer, it would not be rocket science. There are at least 5 programmes that can by-pass firewalls, 'TooLeaky' having the Gibsonmeisters' grudgingly awarded seal of entry. The Cult of the Dead Cows' Back Orifice, cheekily named after Microsoft's' Back Office, could easily be put on a target computer, if one was really trying and the firewall would still be asleep dreaming of bytes.

However, like my computer, most home computers contain utter drivel which is important to the owner but naff all use to the great unwashed. Bank and credit card details can be culled much easier than rooting through turgid files on a home computer. Hacking is NOT about breaking into home computers, it is about getting onto networks using passwords.

The 'alerts/attacks' are merely computers on the net asking your computer if it is still connected; these queries are called 'handshakes'. When you are connected to the net you could be going through many servers and routers. This occurs in a millisecond, so you do not notice. All these routers and servers need to know that your computer is receiving, so that they can send images and WebPages to your IP, which is in effect, your mailbox or receiving station. When on the Net you can pass through more than 20 servers and routers and they could all be handshaking your computer at short intervals. You will notice many of the 'alerts' come from Telecoms, which should come as no surprise as they own most of the routers etc. It is also interesting and miraculous that the 'alerts' disappear when you pay for the *ahem* Pro-Version of a firewall (see Zonealarm;-) ).

If you were being hacked, I can assure you that you would not get an alert.

Turn off all the alert buttons/warnings on your firewall safe in the knowledge that you will not be hacked.

If it is any consolation, I do not use a firewall on both my computers and I am on BB. I use a firewall on my laptop only because I take it to out of respect for their fears....... If you want to use a firewall use one that works silently in the background such as Outpost, unless you are networked onto a huge network not home, in which case you should be using a hardware firewall, there is no point in paying for a firewall.


In precis...turn off the alerts! ;-))

  [DELETED] 21:18 21 Nov 2003

Have been running ad-aware for the past four months, [since install of new drives] and it cleans off 10 to 15 spy-ware progs. each session, reports everything clear.

Just installed and run Spy-bot, it found 165 entries! All red exclamation marks.

Both programs now say all clear, hope I am! :o(

  [DELETED] 21:29 21 Nov 2003

Be happy.

You are obviously surfing safely.

Ad-aware does work but will report "clear" unless you've visited sites that download spyware.

  [DELETED] 21:46 21 Nov 2003

I only come here and the BBC site :o(

The Items it removed where all advertising cookies.

  [DELETED] 21:50 21 Nov 2003

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