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How to effectively remove Malware using Ad-Aware SE Personal – Part III – Scan and Cure

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  • Download, Install and Update
  • Tweak "Ad-Aware SE Personal" settings for an optimal scan.
  • Scan and Cure

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    Click the "Start" button to proceed with the scan.

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    Unlike it's earlier avatar Ad-Aware 6, the new Ad-Aware SE Personal comes with an option to run your scans in "Full System scan" mode, which presets many options optimally, making manual tweaking almost redundant.

    Understanding various scan modes

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    Perform Smart system scan: Smart system scan is a scan run with preset settings when you are sure that your system is clean and have performed a full system scan atleast once during the month.

    The following scans are performed in "smart system scan" mode:

    Full Memory scan
    Registry scan
    Deep registry scan
    Cookie scan
    Favorites and Hosts file scan
    Conditional scans

    Note: Smart scan does not scan archive files and only the main hard drive/Windows partition is scanned.

    It is recommended to perform "full system scan", when you are using Ad-Aware SE for the first time or if you have reason to believe your system is infected with Malware.

    Perform full system scan: The full system scan uses the same scan settings as the smart system scan, but also scans within archives and all fixed drives and other Windows partitions. The full system scan takes longer than the smart system scan to complete but it's worth it, as it has higher probability to detect Malware in your system.

    Use custom scanning options: This option lets you select specific folders or drives for scanning. You can also select various scan settings manually to suit your needs.

    Scan ADS on drives\folders: This mode allows Ad-Aware SE to scan the selected folders/drives for ADS – Alternate Data Streams – in NTFS file systems, typically used in Windows NT, 2000 and XP.

    More on ADS:

    NTFS / Windows Alternate Data Streams

    Hidden Threat: Alternate Data Streams

    Search for negligible risk entries: This setting can be enabled in addition to any of the scan modes above. Windows contains a number of most-recently-used (MRU) lists. These lists contain information about the names and locations of the recent files you have accessed providing a privacy loophole. The MRU lists though not a serious threat, they can be searched for and removed if one desires.

    Make your selections and click the "Next" button to start the scan.

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    Virus Warnings while performing a scan: Your real-time antivirus monitor may issue an alert, stating that a virus has been found in the temporary directory.

    Most antivirus resident scanners will not scan compressed files and only monitor your memory for the sign of an active viral process. During a scan, Ad-Aware will temporarily decompress files to scan their contents without activating the content, but in doing so, the file is noticed by the antivirus' resident scanner. Also, some antivirus applications include an option to quarantine infected files, and when Ad-Aware decompresses these quarantined files, the antivirus background scanner detects the virus moving outside the quarantine area. To avoid this you can either remove the quarantined files via your antivirus application, or have Ad-Aware ignore the antivirus program's quarantine folders/files during a scan.

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    Scan complete. Click the "Next" button to view the Scanning Results.

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    The scan results page is arranged in tabs. We are interested in the "Critical Objects" tab which shows objects identified as threats and should be considered for removal.

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    Ad-Aware SE provides many important options through the right click menu on the result list.

    What is the quarantine?

    Quarantine files are used to isolate and backup items detected during a scan and gives you the option to reinstall them at a later time.

    Items moved to the quarantine folder will be encrypted and compressed, and can only be read and restored using the built in quarantine manager in Ad-Aware SE. Objects stored in quarantine do not pose a threat to your computer.

    What is the ignore list?

    Sometimes you may want to keep a particular detected item installed on your system, and do not want Ad-Aware SE to remove them. In this case you can add the entire product, or the desired components to the ignore list.

    More on options available on right clicking a detected object

    What Options Are Available When Looking At Detected Objects?

    In the Scanning Results screen, click on the "Critical Objects" tab, right click on an entry and click "Select all objects". Do the same for "Negligible Objects", if you have enabled scanning for them. Click "Next" to continue with the cleaning process.

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    Click "OK" in the confirmation screen to continue

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    Ad-Aware SE is quarantining the files selected for deletion.

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    Ad-Aware SE is deleting the selected files.

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    This concludes the Adaware Tutorial.

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