1.    13 Sep 2016 #1

    Ad aware program suddenly appeared -- anybody know what it is


    Hi there

    Not sure where this program came from --anybody got an idea what it is - easy enough to get rid of but am curious to know what it is.

    I suspect it probably is bundled with bloatware when downloading something - many sites make stuff so confusing to download that I'm sure unwanted programs must be installed by the 100,000's.

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    Cheers

    jimbo
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
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       13 Sep 2016 #2

    Hi:

    http://www.webcompanion.com/

    Ad-aware | Download Free Antivirus for PC by Lavasoft

    IIRC they were originally based in Germany, but now seem to be based in Canada (the WebCompanion website lists Malta as a physical address).
    IIRC they are not currently considered one of the more robust AV products on the market (although I'm sure the software has both detractors and fans).
    I have not personally used their product in >10 years, since the XP days.

    If you did not intentionally install it, then my guess would be that some sort of "Trial" version came along as a "freebie" when you installed another, legitimate program if you missed un-ticking an "option" during that program's setup wizard. That would make it very nearly a "PUP" in my book.

    EDIT: Knowing nothing about it, I would be inclined to uninstall it, especially if you did not intentionally install it.

    Cheers,
    MM
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  3.    13 Sep 2016 #3

    Like Moxie, I used to use this back in the XP days but its a different program these days. If you didnt install it, I would uninstall it as I think it installs a service. Whats the install path?
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  4.    13 Sep 2016 #4

    swarfega said: View Post
    Like Moxie, I used to use this back in the XP days but its a different program these days. If you didnt install it, I would uninstall it as I think it installs a service. Whats the install path?
    Hi there

    Not sure what the pgm is or how it was installed but : --I simply did a Restore of my OS -- only takes around 7 mins on an SSD -- I can't be bothered with testing whether or not standard uninstall leaves traces or whatever --IMO if you have decent backup just restore --saves so many problems later on.

    Serves me right -- but it just goes to show even relatively experienced people can download / install stuff by accident -- ALWAYS CHECK CAREFULLY --often the real download link isn't in the main window -- and FREE DOWNLOAD doesn't always mean the Software is free (rather like FREE Cash machines !!!! use is free but you don't get Free money !!!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    13 Sep 2016 #5

    Yea never go blindingly clicky clicky
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  6. Joined : Aug 2015
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       13 Sep 2016 #6

    swarfega said: View Post
    Yea never go blindingly clicky clicky
    +1
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    I've never used it (and I don't know if it's compatible with Win10), but "Unchecky" is a 3rd-party application to help prevent inadvertent installation of "bundleware".
    It's probably NOT a full substitute for user situational awareness and "safe hex".

    Cheers,
    MM
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