LS.Andy

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  1. Here are some answers to common questions about Ad-Aware Web Companion. If you can't find the answer you're looking for please post a thread in the forum. We will be happy to use your feedback to improve our FAQ.

    1. How does Ad-Aware Web Companion protect me?

    2. What does Ad-Aware Web Companion protect me from?

    3. How do I know if I'm visiting a malicious site?
    4. How do I change my home page settings?
    5. How do I change my search settings?
    6. Home page settings don’t work. What should I do?
    7. Search settings don’t work. What should I do?
    8. Is Ad-Aware Web Companion compatible with other antivirus products?

    9. Do I still need an antivirus if I use Ad-Aware Web Companion?

    10. How can I uninstall Ad-Aware Web Companion?

    11. What are Ad-Aware Web Companion system requirements?

    12. What browsers does Ad-Aware Web Companion support?

     

     

    How does Ad-Aware Web Companion protect me?

    Powered by Lavasoft Malware URL Blocker technology, Ad-Aware Web Companion proactively protects you against malicious websites by identifying the bad guys before you ever visit them. When you visit a website that contains malware, Ad-Aware Web Companion will instantly alert you of the threat and block the malicious website.

     

    What does Ad-Aware Web Companion protect me from?

    Ad-Aware Web Companion protects you from malicious website or fraudulent websites that deliver malware infections, phishing attacks, exploits, malicious or unauthorized redirections and browser hijacks.

     

    How do I know if I'm visiting a malicious site?
    When Ad-Aware Web Companion is running, you are protected against malicious websites. If you visit a malicious website, Ad-Aware Web Companion will instantly notify you with a warning page. From this page, you can choose to continue to the site or return back to safety.

    When you visit a malicious website, Ad-Aware Web Companion alerts you with a warning page.

     

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    How do I change my home page settings?
    While this feature is still in beta, it is still a pretty useful tool if you want to easily change your home page settings:

    1. Select 'Settings' next to Browser Homepage

     

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    2. Type in your favorite home page or select a popular one.

     

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    3. Click 'Apply Changes' to save your new settings.

    How do I change my default search engine settings?
    While this feature is still in beta, it is still a pretty useful tool if you want to easily change your default search engine:

    Change default search engine settings

    1. Select 'Settings' next to Default Search Engine

     

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    2. Select your favorite search engine from the list.

     

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    3. Click 'Apply Changes' to save your new settings.

    Can't find the search engine you're looking for? Don't worry, we're working hard to add more options. Want to share your throughts on what should be added next? Send us your feedback

    Home page settings don’t work. What should I do?
    While this feature is still in beta, you may have adware installed on your computer that may be preventing you from changing your home page settings. We are working hard to build for you a tool that will easily help you.

    Search settings don’t work. What should I do?
    While this feature is still in beta, you may have adware installed on your computer that may be preventing you from changing your home page settings. We are working hard to build for you a tool that will easily help you.

    Is Ad-Aware Web Companion compatible with other antivirus products?

    Yes. Because Ad-Aware Web Companion is not an antivirus product, it is compatible with all other antiviruses on the market.

     

    Do I still need an antivirus if I use Ad-Aware Web Companion?

    Even if Ad-Aware Web Companion protects you from visiting dangerous sites, it does not replace an antivirus. Ad-Aware Web Companion provides protection during your web experience, it does not monitor background processes nor does it analyze files on your computer or external drives.

    This is why it is strongly recommended to always use an antivirus along with Ad-Aware Web Companion.

    To download our Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+, click here.

     

    How can I uninstall Ad-Aware Web Companion?

    For Windows 8:

    - Go to Charm bar (key Windows +C) and then” Settings”, then "Control Panel"
    - Choose “Programs and Features”
    - Select Ad-Aware Web Companion and click on ‘Uninstall’ button

    For Windows 7:
    - Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel"
    - Choose “Programs and Features”
    - Select Ad-Aware Web Companion
    - Click on "Uninstall " button

    For Windows Vista:
    - From the "Start" menu in Windows, select "Control Panel"
    - Choose “Programs and Features”
    - Select Ad-Aware Web Companion
    - Click "Uninstall" and then "Continue" to remove it

    For Windows XP:
    - From the "Start" menu in Windows, select "Control Panel"
    - Click on "Add/Remove Programs".
    - Select Ad-Aware Web Companion

    - Click "Change/Remove"

     

     

    In case you want to restore your homepage and search engine to what they were before installing Web Companion, just check the boxes during uninstall.

     

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    What are Ad-Aware Web Companion system requirements?

    You may install the Ad-Aware Web Companion only on computers running the following operating systems:

    · Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (32-bit)

    · Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (32- & 64-bit)

    · Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (32- & 64-bit)

    · Windows 8, 8.1 (32- & 64-bit)

     

    Note. 4.5 or higher version of Microsoft Windows Installer is required for installation of Ad-Aware Web Companion.

     

    Your computer must meet the following system requirements in order to run the application effectively.

    Minimum system requirements:

    · 1.8 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)

    · 800 MHz processor

    · 1 GB of memory (RAM)

     

    Recommended system requirements:

    · 2.8 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)

    · Intel CORE Duo (1.66 GHz) or equivalent processor

    · Memory (RAM): 1 GB for Windows XP and 1.5 GB for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

     

     

    What browsers does Ad-Aware Web Companion support?

    · Microsoft Internet Explorer

    · Mozilla Firefox

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  2. Hi,

     

    The category of the detection is not accurate (Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT) but the file includes additional software bundles that some users may inadvertantly install, hence the detection. If you are comfortable with the application's install procedure, you can ignore this detection.

     

    I highly recommend you upgrade to Ad-Aware 11 - verison 9.6 is really old now and the code base is no longer maintained. You can get v11 here.

     

     

    Andy

    Lavasoft Malware Lab


  3. Hi Dolamtie,

     

    Sorry you're getting bounced around. I just installed AVG & Ad-Aware and ran an AVG scan. I wasn't able to recreate the detection - the scan came back clean. It may be that AVG have already fixed this.

     

    Can I ask you to update AVG and run a scan again? If you're still getting a detection can you report back here?

     

    Another possibilty is that the Ad-Aware installer you have was not downloaded from an offical source, like lavasoft.com, or download.com. Do you recall where you downloaded the installer from?

     

    Regards,

     

    Andy

    Lavasoft Malware Lab

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  4. Hi,

     

    Thanks for the encouragement!

     

    We're in discussion with the VB team about this anomalous showing - we hope to get to the bottom of it. It's not yet clear if there was a problem with the test itself. VB will analyse their logs before we go start looking internally.

     

    Andy

    Lavasoft Malware Lab


  5. Hi,

     

    1. Incremental improvements occur all the time (such is the nature of agile development) so yes, we would hope to see an improved showing in subsequent tests.

     

    2. Our opinion doesn't really convince people, but yes, we do think Ad-Aware (Free, Pro and Total) is on a par and often outperforms the top products.

     

    Why do we think this? We carried out our own regular (daily) in house detection testing. The results which demonstrated, to Lavasoft staff at least, that Ad-Aware out-performs what are usually thought of as the top AV products, both free and paid (AVG, Avira, Avast, Kaspersky etc), in terms of detection.

     

    We had planned to release our in-house test results regularly but we found that people, understandably, were sceptical. So, rather than try to fight a losing battle convincing people about our in-house results, we left it to third party testers whose results are more credible than a vendor who tests their own product.

     

    3. See above.

     

    Andy

    Lavasoft Malware Lab


  6. I'm confused that AD-Aware did not detect the virus after the installation and the first scan. How is it possible that the installer adawaresetup.exe, suddenly picked up a virus a week after it was downloaded?

     

    Hi,

     

    To be clear, the element flagged was not a virus, rather a 'wrapper' around the legtimate Ad-Aware installer.

     

    It seems detection routines for that particular element were added to the detection database at some point after you had downloaded it.


  7. Hi,

     

    The installer you have for Ad-Aware has been 'wrapped' in another installer.

     

    Ad-Aware itself is not being detected although the wrapper around the Ad-Aware installer is being detected. It seems that someone has taken our installer and wrapped it in their own installer, then made it available for download.

     

    This is something that we do not allow our partners to do, including download.com. Is it possible you got the installer from another download site?

     

    Andy


  8. To all our users,

    We would like to apologize for the definition file update error. The problem came from our definition file distributor in the US which took longer to fix than anticipated. We also plan to release an updated version of Ad-Aware, v11.2, within a few days.

    I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we resolved the issue and let you know that we appreciate each and every one of you.

    Thank you very much.
    --
    Richard Martineau
    Product Owner and Coordinator
    Lavasoft

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  9. Hi BillyDick,

     

    Can I ask you to restore the file from quarantine, zip it and upload it to this thread? I'd like to check the file out. It would also be helpful if you could tell me where you downloaded the file from.

     

    When restoring the file from quarantine, turn off real time protection first so that the file is not immediately detected as soon as it is released from quarantine.

     

    Thanks!

     

    Andy

    Lavasoft Malware Lab


  10. Hi Chris,

    Is this just the fact that Ad-Aware is scanning the download file that causes this delay of between 15-70 seconds?

     

    I can't comment on the length of download time recorded in your test, but essentially, yes, Ad-Aware checks downloading files.

    Is there anything that can be done about it?

     

    There are no immediate plans to review how Ad-Aware handles incoming files but if it becomes problematic/important enough to our users, yes, we will certainly look at it.

    Andy


  11. Hi Chris,

    I wasn't able to recreate any of the things you experienced. Can you send me the steps to reproduce? It would be helpful if you could provide as much detail as you can.

    Below are some brief notes describing the URLs and files I encountered. I found two URLs in our DB from 2013, but they've now been removed.

    Andy

    Lavasoft Malware Lab

    Visited: http://www.club777.com/download/
    Installer URL: http://bannerpt.club777.com/installer/casino/SetupCasino_95db60_en.exe
    Installer: SetupCasino_95db60_en.exe MD5: 3f69b73907e1e5a4c688ef5bde62f4b0
    Outcome: Nothing blocked/detected from initial site visit to completed installation

    Visited: http://www.mansioncasino.com/download/
    Installer URL: http://bannerpt.mansioncasino.com/installer/casino/SetupCasino_770356_en.exe
    Installer: SetupCasino_770356_en.exe MD5:191ccf6b2c8c44b6e859a998e79492bf
    Outcome: Nothing blocked/detected from initial site visit to completed installation

    Visited: http://www.lesacasino.com/download/
    Installer URL: http://banner.lesacasino.com/installer/casino/SetupCasino_3a7434_en.exe
    Installer: SetupCasino_3a7434_en.exe MD5: 9f09f5c964ebada05fc735a29ac882cb
    Outcome: Nothing blocked/detected from initial site visit to completed installation

    Visited: http://www.slotsheaven.com/download/
    Installer URL: http://bannerpt.slotsheaven.com/installer/casino/SetupCasino_9f6635_en.exe
    Installer: SetupCasino_9f6635_en.exe 9c8f3d446f2850c3792df7686060325d
    Outcome: Nothing blocked/detected from initial site visit to completed installation

    From Lavasoft URL block list:
    http://banner.lesacasino.com/cgi-bin/SetupCasino.exe
    Created At April 30, 2013 22:01
    Removed At February 20, 2014 13:55

    http://banner.new.mansioncasino.com/cgi-bin/SetupCasino.exe
    Created At April 04, 2013 09:01
    Removed At February 20, 2014 13:52