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At the end of the Ad-Aware install (free version 8.2.5), I am asked to approve installation of ActivityMonitor. I'm concerned because that is the name of a product made by Deep Software used by employers to monitor employee's PC usage. Why are we asked to install this?

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Here's a topic to read:

[url="http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index.php?showtopic=27645"]http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index.php?showtopic=27645[/url]

In short, Lavasoft says this is not related to their software, but probably due to an infection. Prior users posted in the HijackThis forum (instructions and links in my signature) and were given the all clear, and Lavasoft recommended using a system restore point. The issue was closed on Lavasoft's end, so best thing you can do is read the entire topic above since I had found some relevant links, and maybe try posting in the HijackThis forum yourself to see if your system comes up clean.

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Update - When the Logo Test window appears for ActivityMonitor, I brought up 'Windows Task Manager > Processes' and deleted suspicious ones. When I deleted AAWDriverTool.Exe, the Logo Test window closed. Searching for AAWDriverTool.Exe, I found it in these 2 folders...
C:\Documents and Settings\Ron\Local Settings\Temp\mia5.tmp\data\Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 9.0 (includes ATL and MFC) Service Pack 1\60A7AB9F\1F3BD7AD
and...
C:\Documents and Settings\Ron\Local Settings\Temp\mia5.tmp\data\Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 9.0 (includes ATL and MFC) Service Pack 1\60A7AB9F\BCE900B8.

When I uninstalled Ad-Aware and re-installed, AAWDriverTool.Exe was again installed.
Is AAWDriverTool.Exe a valid Ad-Aware installation file?

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Yes, AAWDriverTool.Exe is a valid file. It must be used during installation of the Ad-Watch drivers, so it appears in the temp files of Visual C++ Runtime. After installation of Anniversary Edition, I have the same file in this folder:

C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\drivers\[32] and [64]

I think you're safe to finish the installation, as it may be a Windows problem - more info from someone with more experience:

[quote]I have seen this before myself, but can't reproduce it. I believe (and this is just my personal theory, not Lavasoft's because I'm not a developer, as you know)...that the error message is misidentifying some part of the Ad-Aware installation as "ActivityMonitor" and I think it is a windows problem/error. I have seen it with other programs as well, but most often (if you Google the error message) it seems happen on some XP systems installing Ad-Aware where Windows doesn't recognize one of the component and misidentifies it as "ActivityMonitor". So far I have only seen it on XP systems and even then, it seems rare.

Some examples:

[url="http://forum.kaspersky.com/index.php?showtopic=161264&st=0&p=1293374&#entry1293374"]http://forum.kaspersky.com/index.php?showt...p;#entry1293374[/url]

[url="http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=217331"]http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=217331[/url]

A search result on the error message:

[url="http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0#hl=en&complete=0&q=ActivityMonitor+has+not+passed+Windows+Logo+testing+to+verify+its+compatibility&fp=2c359c6b5fa5a184"]http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0#hl=...c359c6b5fa5a184[/url][/quote]

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