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  1. Click here to go to the Ad-Aware download page.
  2. Click the Ad-Aware 6 link under Full Install. This will take you to the download site. Click the "Download Now" link to begin the download.
  3. When prompted, click Save to save the file to your computer. Next you will be asked where you want to save the file. The easiest place to save it is your Desktop. Click the drop down box next to "Save In" and select "Desktop".
  4. Click Save.
  5. Once the Download is finished, double click on the Ad-Aware file that was downloaded to your desktop to begin installing Ad-Aware.
  6. After double-clicking, the installation setup will begin. Click Next
  7. Read the License Agreement, then click Next.
  8. Select where you want to install the program, then click Next
  9. Select the components you wish to install, then click Next.
  10. Click Next to install Ad-Aware.
  11. Click Finish to complete and exit the Installation.</ol>


It's important that you stay current with Ad-Aware updates to keep your computer clean of adware and spyware. It's recommended that you run the update before each scan to be sure you have the latest reference list available. Follow the instructions below to update Ad-Aware.

  1. Open Ad-Aware and click the "Check for updates now" link.
  2. Next, click Connect to check for new reference files.
  3. If there is a new update file, click Ok to download and install the file.
  4. When that is done, click Finish. If there is no update, click Ok then Finish.

This will complete the Ad-Aware update and you can continue with your system scan.

Configuration and scanning

Ad-Aware has two scanning options: Smart system-scan and Custom. Smart system-scan is faster, but not as comprehensive as Custom. Smart system-scan is satisfactory for routine use, but it is recommended that your first scan be a Custom scan. After a thorough Custom scan, the capabilities within Smart system-scan will be sufficient for every day use.Ad-Aware comes pre-configured with default options that are already on. The options that are on will be marked with a green check, while those that are off are maked with a red x. The following are changes that we recommend you make prepare for your first Custom scan.

  1. Double click the Ad-Aware icon on your desktop to launch the program
  2. Click on the Gear icon at the top of the start screen to access the preferences/setting window.
  3. Click the Scanning button.
  4. Under the Drives & Folders section, mark Scan within Archives with a green check.
  5. Under the "Memory & Registry" section, mark each option with a green check.
  6. Click Click here to select Drives + folders and place a check in the boxes next to your installed hard drives.
  7. Click Proceed to continue.
  8. Next, click Advanced. Under Log-file Detail Level, mark each option with a green check.
  9. Next, click Tweak.
  10. Click the + symbol next to Scanning Engine and mark Unload recognized processes during scanning, Include basic Ad-Aware settings in logfile, and Include additional Ad-Aware settings in logfile with a green check.
  11. Click the + symbol next to Cleaning Engin and mark Automatically try to unregister objects prior to deletion and Let Windows remove files in use after reboot with a green check.
  12. Click on Proceed to save these settings.
  13. Click Scan Now Select Use custom scanning options
  14. Click Next to begin the scan. This may take several minutes to complete.
  15. When the scan is finished you'll see a summary of how many objects were found, click Next to select and remove the objects.
  16. Look through the list of objects found, most likely you're going to want to delete everything you see here but just look it over to be sure. To select all of the objects at once, right click in the first checkbox in the list and click Select all. This will select all of the objects, at this time if there is anything you don't want to delete, uncheck it and click Next.
  17. Click Yes to confirm deletion when prompted.

This will complete your Custom scan. Remember to run Ad-Aware on a weekly basis using the Smart system-scan option and stay regular with updates. For more information and support on Ad-Aware, you can visit their website by clicking here.