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Stop using Lavasoft's Ad-aware

By Eric Legge
Dec 26, 2002
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  1. Stop using Lavasoft's Ad-aware

    "I truly hate that it has come to this. Lavasoft's Ad-aware used to be a fine product. Not only was it the only free solution for finding and destroying advertising spyware, it was also a good program. However, Lavasoft has abandoned Ad-aware 5.83. Support is still offered at their support forums and via email, but the program is no longer being updated to handle new spyware targets. In fact, I feel that it is necessary to recommend to everyone that they simply remove Ad-aware version 5 entirely. Using it in its current, unupdated form can be, and has been proven to be dangerous."

    From an article at - http://www.spywareinfo.com/

    Eric,

    http://www.legge40.freeserve.co.uk/BuyerBeware.htm
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    I quit using ad aware a long time ago spybot serch and destroy is a much better program and the author updates it regularly and it is free too.

    http://security.kolla.de/
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    I've never been one for anti-spyware software, as I don't download very many things I don't fully trust, but what Lavasoft has done is ridiculous. All they have to do is release one little update, and Adaware would be fine to use.

    The program in question is Common Name, and if it's removed incorrectly than you may find your internet connection malfunctioning, or even lost. Adaware does not remove it correctly, and it can cause damage. If Lavasoft would release an update for 5.83, Adaware would be fine to use, but noooo...
  4. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 418

    I'm pretty sure they've stopped updating version 5.x so they can concentrate on making version 6.0; which is totally new re-written code.. It should be out about mid Jan i think...
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Well that seems a little more reassuring.

    Let's just hope they get finished ahead of schedule, for those unfortunate users who don't pay attention to what they are installing.
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