Ad-aware, Ad-watch, McAfee and Norton

Posted on 2004-09-15
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
Since the programs Ad-aware and Ad-watch are supposed to protect your computer against spyware programs, why anti-virus programs like McAfee and Norton detect some of their files as a threat ?

What are the best anti-spyware and anti-virus programs ?
Question by:tedhill

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cheritonit earned 20 total points
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AdAware SE is, IMHO, the best spyware app.  

If Norton AntiVirus finds some of its files to be a threat, the only explanation I could offer you would be that the quarantine file (which you should delete anyway) contains a file that would also be picked up by Norton.  I have NEVER had any problems running AdAware and Norton side-by-side, in fact I do so at work in order to fix people's computers.
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Lobo042399 earned 20 total points
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Hi Tedhill,

Would you elaborate a bit more on the Question? I run not only NAV but also Norton Firewall and have never had any AdAware files causing trouble or false positives.

> Zee,

Cool going.

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Oooops !   I would like to apologise to you all nice people.

I just found out that it was my mistake. I confused the word adware which is a program that spams advertising with ad-aware, a program that detects and erases it. Actually McAffe detected adware files not ad-aware files.


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I meant "McAfee". I should drink some cofee.  ;^)
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*L*  It happens to the best, Ted, no problem. Thanks for the points.

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