having a problem with Lavasoft Adaware Free edition.
It has been scanning noe for over 3 hours (3rd time of trying) and keeps getting "stuck".
It says it has found 8 infections but it won't continue to the end of the scan so that I can get rid of them.
Has anyone got a good free alternative to Adaware that I can try?
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Or Ewido... (Google)
I already have Spybot and have now downloaded Malwarebytes and will run a full scan tomorrow and let you know how I get on.
Spybot and Adaware tend to overlap in their targets. I'd run a Spybot scan first, clean up the system, and then try ad-aware again. What other security are you running, Pete? Anti virus? Firewall?
Ran Spybot (found no problems) then ran Malwarebytes which found 12 including 3 trojans.(cheers Daz)
I am also using AVG Free and Spywareblaster as well as standard Windows xp firewall.
I will probably get rid of Lavasoft Adaware and stick with Malwarebytes from now on as it seems quick as well as efficient.
Any comments or advice would be welcome.
The XP Firewall is about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
There are a couple firewall's to choose from, ZA is my preferred choice, (FREE version, not the god-damn awful Pro version).
Though Comodo is rated highly, I'm just not overly keen, as for me, (like ZA Pro) it tries to do too much. Though it is very good, just not my preferred choice.
AVG is very popular, personally, I'm not a fan at all. I used it for a while on my (non critical) laptop, and I caught a cold using it.
If you want free, I'd use either of these, both of which I've been happy with.
Avira AntiVir Personal
avast! 4 Home Edition
I also use Spybot, along with Malwarebytes as well. (Not together, obviously)
Super AntiSpyware ain't free , but it's the mutt's nuts.
Takes hours to do a full scan, but it sure is thorough!
I agree with Daz about the Firewall issue, I've used, and still recommend ZA- free, and, at the moment am using Comodo. Comodo seems very comprehensive and covers some of the bases that Spybot's Tea Timer covers. I'm not entirely "sold" on Comodo as it does appear to be quite intrusive compared to ZA and Spybot, so I'm still "evaluating" it.
You might not have spotted it yet but MalwareBytes comes with a nice bonus. Right-click a downloaded file and it will scan it for malware.
I know most anti-virus proggies do this anyway, but it's nice to have an alternative. And I do have a lot of faith in Malware Bytes!
My firewall has all that stuff, built in. (Tiny)
It's a bugger if you forget to disable it, when you go and do the Micro$oft update" thing...
Will try ZAfree firewall and will stick with AVGfree as it has been OK for me so far.
Daz, why shouldn't I use Spybot along with Malwarebytes? I always used Spybot along with Lavasoft Adawarefree and Adaware would pick up things that Spybot missed.
Cheers Daz, thanks for the advice.
If you want an Open Source (free - as in beer) alternative:
coupled with ClamAV gives full virus protection too.
To find truely open alternatives to popular programme try here: