How to download, install and run AdAware

Downloading and installing the antispyware programs can be done quickly but you can get the most out of doing it properly. If you were able to boot into "Safe Mode with Networking" you can download the software right away but if you weren't able to boot into the networking option you should reboot your computer as you would regularly and follow the instructions for each of the Spyware programs.

How to download a program

  1. Browse to the download link located on the proper website.
  2. Click on the link and wait for a dialog box (box with instructions or questions about what to do next.)
  3. In the dialog box click save and choose a location where you'll be able to find it later. I usually save it to the desktop.

Installing and using Adaware

  1. This one is pretty straightforward when compared with Spybot unless you decide to upgrade to Adaware Pro.
  2. Double click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions as they're presented.
  3. It is important to download the most recent definitions before performing a scan. To download the most recent updates start up the program by double clicking the icon and click "Check for Updates Now" in the bottom right hand corner then select "Connect Now" in the new dialog box. When it prompts you to install, select it.
  4. Scanning is done best without changing any of the configuration settings. In the first screen select "Start" then with the "Smart System Scan" option selected click next and allow the scan to happen. When it's done you will be presented with a categorized list of infected files. At this point you would select all the critical files and select delete. However, as with anything else done on a computer you should make sure you've backed up important files and or (for those with Windows ME or greater) have created a restore point in the event Adaware deletes something it shouldn't.
  5. At this point you’ve removed and ensured that a large amount of Spyware no longer exists on your computer but to complete the removal you should now download, install, and scan your computer with Spybot Search and Destroy.
  6. Move on to How to download, install and run Spybot Search and Destroy

Joe Magueta is an IT Consultant with Phoenix Community Works Enterprises (PCWE), a nonprofit organization that provides support to charities and other nonprofits.
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