Microsoft Security Essentials and Ad-Aware

dduzMay 8, 2010

Do these two programs do the same thing? I have them both on and maybe I shouldn't.

Thanks so much,


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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Only run 1 Anti Virus program.

See link and tell us what ad aware program is actually installed. There are several of them lets make sure we are on the same page.

I'm thinking it's this one Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition.

Here is a link that might be useful: ad_aware_free

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 6:21PM
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It says Ad-Aware version 8.1.4

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 6:55PM
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Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition is what I have.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 7:08PM
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That's a paid program if it's up to date and running ok I would keep it. You should uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials

Lavasoft Ad-Aware version 8.1.4

 Complete Malware Protection, Including Anti-Virus and
 Ad-Watch Live! Expert Real-time Protection
 NEW! Genotype Detection Technology
 NEW! Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection
 NEW! Expert Level Rootkit Removal System
 NEW! The Neutralizer Malware Removal Tool
 NEW! Do Not Disturb Mode
Minimal Strain on System Resources
 NEW! Download Guard for Internet Explorer
 Toolbox Including Process Watch, AutoStart Manager, Hosts File
Editor, and ThreatWork
 Customizable Profile Scans
 Network Drive Scanning
 Automatic Pulse Updates & Free Technical Support

Running more the 1 Anti virus program can cause slow downs, crashes.

See link for uninstalling Microsoft Security Essentials.

Here is a link that might be useful: Uninstall_Microsoft_Security_Essentials

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 7:15PM
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AdAware was once the flagship of the malware detection industry. Through time and competition it has become nothing more than a shadow of its prior self. AA should be onlyconsidered a support detection application. Spybot is another. Technology and the sophistication of malware now requires powerful applications like MWB and SAS as front line detection.


    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 7:16PM
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ok sorry about all that then, please disregard the last post.

You can keep Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition then with out issue.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 7:17PM
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