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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not so good"

    February 2, 2013  |   By Press_X


    -Easy to use
    -Good and different scanning options (heuristic, etc)


    -Long annoying install that asks you to also install search and toolbar junk and almost messed up my browser trying to do so, then takes a bit of time after to update the program and download definitions
    -I downloaded this specifically to get rid of adware/malware junk on my comp. but it only found a couple of cookies and that's it, Norton found Alot more stuff, so it's not that good as a virus scanner
    -Soo Slooow to scan, took upwards of 5hrs to complete scan, Norton only took an hr or 2
    -annoying pop-ups saying this was found, or just simply that I'm protected by it
    -hard to uninstall, couldn't fully uninstall from programs list on computer, had to find uninstall file and uninstall it w/ that, and that was slow too


    Overall Norton is better, this doesn't find everything and it does it incredibly slowly and annoyingly, definitely not recommended.

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  • Reply by LavasoftSupport on February 4, 2013

    Dear Press_X,

    Thank you for your post and I am sorry you encountered these issues. When Ad-Aware is installed alongside another antivirus software the installer will take a bit longer as it will need to configure itself to ensure that there are no compatibility issues.
    When you run a full scan for the first time this can definitely take a while, with the improved cached scanning your second full scan would have taken 1/8 of the time, as this is how the software has been designed. The pop-ups can be disabled through the windows notification center.

    Kind regards,
    Corina - Lavasoft support

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