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  • 3.0 stars

    "There Are Better Alternatives"

    October 11, 2009  |   By BigBirdPhila


    Seems to do what it's supposed to do, although painfully.


    Erratic behavior of update mechanism. Frequently can't connect to update server. Confusing update prompts (software vs. database). User interface can't connect to scanner module after updating. Bloated download (58 meg!).


    I'm an ex-programmer and can easily spot a poorly-designed user interface and the shortcuts the designers took. The update mechanism in Ad-Aware has all the hallmarks. For two weeks, my version (2008, Windows XP) can't connect to the update server. In the past, even when it successfully connected, I couldn't start the scan for about 60 seconds after the update -- the user interface module complains that the "scanner" is busy. When no errors occur, the program seems to work OK. When there are errors, that's when the sloppy error recovery design becomes apparent. Bottom line: take a look at Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware program.

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