I love my Ad-Aware software I have on my computer. It’s easy to use, it’s easy to install, and the protection of knowing that all those “COOKIE” ridden sites I visit get zapped every time I run a system scan really makes me feel good.
I think online protection is important, I think that keeping your computer safe and your information safe is vitally important. More and more information about our personal lives, our financial lives, our children and grandchildren, our bank accounts, our other private information and so much more are kept on these flat rectangular machines which can just as easily break from an errant Coke can as from any of a variety of other things.
So I get it that running programs like Ad-Aware are important.
But can I just say something about the way this particular version of Ad-Aware (2008 Free Edition) runs? Okay I’ve always been told by my genius little brother that I’m supposed to close all my windows while this software is running. I do that from time to time, but often as not it will be a situation like tonight when I finally remember, “Hey Facebook said my computer was spammed and that I had to run virus software, I should really do that.” Or I’ll be like I was tonight trying to load up an Associated Content page and the page will be FLASHING at me like crazy. I’ll want to go to bed but at the same time, I’ll know that unless I run Ad-Aware now, I won’t rest well and I’ll only think about having to do it in the morning.
So I’m up late, I’m reminded late, and I appreciate that computers are big machines with a whole lot of memory and many different crevices to them. But there has got to be a better way to scan a laptop like mine or anyone’s with a little more efficiency than the way this is running. I feel like I’m behind an old lady at the checkout counter who stops the cashier at every item “Oh wait, I think I’ve got a coupon for that.”
The way Ad-Aware is running on this particular version is that every single item comes up and is either deemed safe or virus ridden. This has been going on for 21 minutes already. I’m sure that it will be over soon enough but doesn’t this seem excessive? I mean, great, I got to write this article in the time that it takes this scanner thing to run (less time on the article, actually) but surely there must be a better way.
Ah, look! It’s done. 238, 374 objects scanned and all but two of the 188 objects were found in the first forty seconds. It would seem that Ad-Aware or our computer manufacturers should have a better way of controlling this nonsense in the first place.