Can't seem to update superantispyware free!

TerrapotsDecember 29, 2013

I've been using super antispyware free for a while now and updated it but it apparently was a "trial" paid version. Now I can't update the free version. Do I have to uninstall it and start over again. I think this happened before as I couldn't update it before.

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zep516

What's the error you get when to try to up-date?

You could try just downloading the up-dates manually from the link provided, that may fix everything. If not then do the un-install / reinstall of it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Latest definitions for SuperAntispyware

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 7:44PM
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Terrapots

Thanks for your reply. It wants money. I'll probably just delete and download the free version. I may just buy it, it sounds like it's worth it.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 2:26PM
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DA_Mccoy

Yes, delete the trial version. If you are a user of REVO use it at the Advanced setting to do so. As you go through the process allow REVO to remove anything it reports still finding after the SAS uninstaller. If you are a user of CCleaner, run the registry tool. Only delete reported entries having to do with SAS.

Reinstall SAS slowly reading each screen. Be sure to update the defintiion file.

When you are done everything will be fine. Honest.

DA

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 7:06PM
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Terrapots

Thanks for the suggested routine. I'll use REVO to get all of SAS out and reinstall. That seems reasonable.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 11:43PM
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zep516

It is reasonable. Let us know if you're successful!

Joe

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 11:55PM
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jerry_nj

So, if no body pays, what keeps the anti virus working and effective? I think I have or had it on one or more of my computers, I'll have to check. I think I may have fallen away because of the same problem: don't want to pay for it or anything else, LOL
- Happy New Year).

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 9:55AM
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fruitjarfla

i have found that anti virus ware does not work well. I have had but few real threats but perhaps as many as 150 adware items per day onto my computer after visiting websites. Have tried numerous malware softwares but not one prevents the adware. when I click onto a site with FF, Opera, or Windows Explorer, I can see the stream of ads (at the bottom of the screen with with FF) following with the "legitimate" (news) websites. I think those websites are getting paid by advertisers to stream the junk onto my computer.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 10:51AM
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owbist

Fruitjar I would suggest you might unintentionally be doing something that actively encourages this spam. I do not get any and that is not because I am that bright. My only protection is Microsoft Security Essentials (listed by MS themselves as not the best out there, I'll change one day) and Malwarebytes that rarely gets used.

I do run Adblock plus and WOT besides MSE but that is it.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 11:16AM
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fruitjarfla

Thanks, Owbist. Will try Adblock again and have added WOT (first time). MSE was a failure in blocking ads.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 11:45AM
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grandms

Virus programs and other malware programs do not have as their purpose the blocking of ads. Ads, in and of themselves, are not malware. But Adblock does do a good job of blocking most ads because that is its purpose.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 11:12PM
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owbist

If you are still having issues with this why not abandon Superantispyware and give the free Malwarebytes a whirl and save the hassle.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 6:38AM
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fruitjarfla

Sorry to string this out but.......
WOT does not stop adware, nor does Adblock. Google promotes adware and has created its own "industry" associated with companies that Google earns $$ from tracking us. Here is an example of one adware item that I picked up this morning. Browse this one: taboola_user_id That is an illustration of many companies who are tracking us -- some with tracking advertised to go for a period of 10 years. I suppose this is not new to some but when all of this stuff starts slowing down my computer, it is not welcome. My rant for the day.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 8:50AM
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jerry_nj

Yes, I frequently get adds about stuff I've looked at on the web, usually Amazon. I use Firefox and when browsing I often see advertisements of the items I looked at. Some from Amazon, some for others that I have not visited directly.

On a couple of occassions these pop-up adds have offered sale prices sufficient for me to decide to order : ) while the most are not given much attention. If these slow down my computer I'd be surprised. If the background processes collecting my browsing history do, I am not happy with that or even with the collection of data.

How simple life was when memory storage was higher cost, much higher cost.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 9:33AM
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grandms

This seems so strange to me as I never see pop-up ads of any sort using Chrome browser and AdBlock. Believe me, I browse Amazon frequently and buy sometimes. I also do frequent searches using Google, and I just do not see ads. No, I'm not blind, either!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 7:52PM
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owbist

I see no ads with Firefox and Adblock plus - apart from the ones recently appearing here on Gardenweb down the right side which I simply ignore.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 8:26PM
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jerry_nj

Looking down the right side here I see ads for Hills Z/D Prescription Dog Food. Now that is not something that gets mass marketing - I use that on my dog which has problems with protein allergies. I have also checked the price for that product on the web. I have purchased only from out veterinary. I will bet none of you see that ad. Of course, if you buy or otherwise access that product on the web you are counted in for the same reason I get the ad.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 9:23PM
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missingtheobvious

I use Firefox and Adblock Plus (as well as Adblock Plus's Pop-up add-on) and see no ads, period -- not here, not anywhere. On this page, at the upper right, I see only the three featured GW threads at the top (with photos) and the ten GW threads with recent posts (without photos).

I use Startpage for most searches (it uses Google search without the tracking). On the rare occasions when I search via Google, I see the Google ads above and below the search results (pretending to be legitimate search results). Those Google ads don't appear on Startpage ... though Startpage has its own search-related ads.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 9:39PM
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Richard (chuggerguy)

"On the rare occasions when I search via Google, I see the Google ads above and below the search results (pretending to be legitimate search results)."

If you un-check "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" in your Adblock Plus filter preferences, those ads vanish.

Also, for anyone bothered by the new stuff on the right, and the blank rectangle at the top, the element hiding rules posted here still work.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 12:10AM
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fruitjarfla

Adware that observes the computer user's activities without their consent and reports it to the software's author is called spyware. Popups are one form of adware -- that the user can see. Adware in the form of spyware is loaded onto a computer when visiting a website and is virtually unknown to the user. This latter form of adware/malware can be seen on your computer after running stuff like Superantispyware or Spyhunter.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 10:04AM
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owbist

Fruitjar Spyhunter seems to have too much bad press to even bother considering using. Wilder Security has a very interesting thread on the subject, Googling Spyhunter I find WOT red flags it too so.........

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 10:16AM
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jerry_nj

I downloaded Superantivirus last night and installed it.

I was surprised to find I didn't have a copy already on this computer - the logo is very familiar. I think it was removed by Super... when my "free" status expired. Not sure, but I have a new copy plus a copy of CHROME. I didn't specifically ask for it, it was a hitch hiker on Super I think. Wonder if I should uninstall CHROME or just let it set for possible future use. I have no plan at present to stop using Firefox and I already have Explorer, so a third browser seems overkill, if not overloading.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 12:49PM
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owbist

Jerry you have to closely watch every screen during an install of freeware these days for fear of loading something you did not plan for.

Browsers do not use any resources when not in use so it becomes just a personal choice whether to keep or remove Chrome.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 2:12PM
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Sheila

Doing research for latest protection for a new Win8 OS brought me to this thread, most of it I think i understand, but what is WOT?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 11:40AM
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    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 11:58AM
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Sheila

Doing research for latest protection for a new Win8 OS brought me to this thread, most of it I think i understand, but what is WOT?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 12:13PM
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Sheila

Thank you for the link Jerry.

Ooops, look like I posted my query twice......grrrrrr, I can't seem to get even the simple task right today ;(

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 12:16PM
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Richard (chuggerguy)

I think WOT has more to do with a site's trustworthiness (mostly?) as reported by other WOT users?

I find it especially useful when searching for info. I mean when I get a whole page of search results, sites I know nothing about, I look down the list, and I see "Green lights", "Yellow lights", and "Red lights". I get some sort of clue as to which are safe to follow though on, and which I should probably avoid.

I usually take time to rate and review as "Questionable" any site that I find spamming it's product, spyware or not.

Here is a link that might be useful: WOT videos.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 3:22PM
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DA_Mccoy

WOT is an advisory. Nothing more. I use it just like CG. A tool for reference into a new area.

DA

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 10:52AM
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