Does Ad-Aware protect your computer from malware?

  [DELETED] 22:47 23 Mar 2006

Will Ad-Aware only detect the malware in its definitions during a scan, or does it also prevent it from being installed on your computer in the first place? What about A2? Many thanks. - Tye

  [DELETED] 22:49 23 Mar 2006

No on both counts. Try Spywareblaster click here

  [DELETED] 23:16 23 Mar 2006

And Defender from Microsoft click here
Previously known as Microsoft Antispy

  beynac 23:26 23 Mar 2006

If you pay for Ad-Aware SE Plus it does have real-time protection (Ad-Watch).

From Lavasoft's website: "Ad-Aware SE Plus is an anti-spyware software designed to address this menace. Adding the background-running Ad-Watch real-time monitor to the free Personal edition, Ad-Aware SE Plus is now capable of not only scanning the system after the fact but also preventing infection before it happens. Ad-Watch accomplishes this by watching memory for undesirable processes, stopping modification attempts to Windows registry and system files, and preventing hostile content from taking over the browser."

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