Contents

Contents
Contents
Using This Guide ............................................................................................................................................................. 5
Purpose and Intended Audience................................................................................................................................... 5
How to Use This Guide................................................................................................................................................. 5
Admonitions ............................................................................................................................................................... 5
Basic Administration ....................................................................................................................................................... 6
Getting Started............................................................................................................................................................ 6
Operation Modes..................................................................................................................................................... 6
Main Interface ......................................................................................................................................................... 8
System Tray Icon.................................................................................................................................................... 10
Scan Activity Bar .................................................................................................................................................... 10
Ad-Aware Manual Scan .......................................................................................................................................... 12
On-Demand Tasks ..................................................................................................................................................... 12
Updating Ad-Aware................................................................................................................................................ 13
Scanning with Ad-Aware ........................................................................................................................................ 14
Backing Data Up .................................................................................................................................................... 18
Restoring Backed-up Data ...................................................................................................................................... 24
Alerts and Pop-ups .................................................................................................................................................... 28
Pop-ups................................................................................................................................................................. 28
Alerts .................................................................................................................................................................... 29
Virus Alerts............................................................................................................................................................ 29
Device Detection Alerts .......................................................................................................................................... 30
Firewall Alerts........................................................................................................................................................ 31
Anti-phishing Alerts................................................................................................................................................ 32
Registry Alerts ....................................................................................................................................................... 33
Script Alerts........................................................................................................................................................... 34
Cookie Alerts ......................................................................................................................................................... 35
User Control Alerts ................................................................................................................................................ 36
Anti-spam Integration into Mail Clients....................................................................................................................... 36
Anti-spam Toolbar ................................................................................................................................................. 36
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Anti-spam Configuration Wizard ............................................................................................................................. 43
Anti-Phishing Toolbar ................................................................................................................................................ 48
Advanced Administration .............................................................................................................................................. 50
Quick Tasks ............................................................................................................................................................... 52
Configuring General Settings ...................................................................................................................................... 52
General Settings........................................................................................................................................................ 53
Virus Report Settings ................................................................................................................................................. 54
Manage HTTP Exceptions........................................................................................................................................... 54
Applications........................................................................................................................................................... 54
Adding Exceptions.................................................................................................................................................. 55
Editing Exceptions.................................................................................................................................................. 55
Deactivating Exceptions ......................................................................................................................................... 55
Deleting Exceptions................................................................................................................................................ 56
IP Addresses and IP Subnets ................................................................................................................................... 56
Adding Exceptions.................................................................................................................................................. 56
Editing Exceptions.................................................................................................................................................. 57
Deactivating Exceptions ......................................................................................................................................... 57
Deleting Exceptions................................................................................................................................................ 57
Web Addresses...................................................................................................................................................... 57
Adding Exceptions.................................................................................................................................................. 57
Editing Exceptions.................................................................................................................................................. 58
Deactivating Exceptions ......................................................................................................................................... 58
Deleting Exceptions................................................................................................................................................ 58
Size Exceptions ...................................................................................................................................................... 59
Manage Settings........................................................................................................................................................ 59
Antivirus ................................................................................................................................................................... 59
On-access Scanning................................................................................................................................................ 60
Configuring Protection Level................................................................................................................................... 60
Customizing Protection Level.................................................................................................................................. 61
Configuring Behavioral Scanner Settings.................................................................................................................. 63
Disabling Real-time Protection................................................................................................................................ 64
On-demand Scanning............................................................................................................................................. 65
Scan Tasks ............................................................................................................................................................. 66
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Using Shortcut Menu ............................................................................................................................................. 68
Creating Scan Tasks................................................................................................................................................ 69
Configuring Scan Tasks ........................................................................................................................................... 69
Configuring Scan Settings ....................................................................................................................................... 69
Choosing Scan Level ............................................................................................................................................... 70
Customizing Scan Level .......................................................................................................................................... 70
Setting Scan Target ................................................................................................................................................ 73
Viewing the Scan Target of System Tasks................................................................................................................. 75
Scheduling Scan Tasks ............................................................................................................................................ 75
Scanning Objects ................................................................................................................................................... 76
Scanning Methods ................................................................................................................................................. 77
Immediate Scanning............................................................................................................................................... 77
Contextual Scanning .............................................................................................................................................. 77
Drag&Drop Scanning.............................................................................................................................................. 78
Manual Scanning ................................................................................................................................................... 79
Ad-Aware Scanner ................................................................................................................................................. 79
Viewing Scan Logs.................................................................................................................................................. 83
Device Scanning..................................................................................................................................................... 85
Configuring General Scan Settings........................................................................................................................... 85
Configuring Task Specific Settings ........................................................................................................................... 85
Objects Excluded from Scanning ............................................................................................................................. 86
Excluding Paths from Scanning ............................................................................................................................... 87
Excluding Extensions from Scanning........................................................................................................................ 89
Quarantine Area .................................................................................................................................................... 91
Managing Quarantined Files ................................................................................................................................... 92
Configuring Quarantine Settings ............................................................................................................................. 92
Firewall..................................................................................................................................................................... 93
Firewall Insights..................................................................................................................................................... 94
Firewall Status ....................................................................................................................................................... 97
Traffic Control ....................................................................................................................................................... 98
Advanced Settings ................................................................................................................................................106
Connection Control ...............................................................................................................................................109
Network Zones .....................................................................................................................................................110
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Anti-spam ................................................................................................................................................................112
Anti-spam Insights ................................................................................................................................................113
Anti-spam Filters...................................................................................................................................................113
Anti-spam Status ..................................................................................................................................................116
Anti-spam Settings................................................................................................................................................120
Privacy Control .........................................................................................................................................................122
Privacy Control Status ...........................................................................................................................................123
Advanced Settings - Identity Control ......................................................................................................................125
Creating Identity Rules ..........................................................................................................................................126
Advanced Settings - Registry Control......................................................................................................................130
Advanced Settings - Cookie Control........................................................................................................................132
Advanced Settings - Script Control .........................................................................................................................136
Configuration Wizard..........................................................................................................................................137
System Information ............................................................................................................................................138
User Control ...........................................................................................................................................................139
User Control Status ............................................................................................................................................139
Web Control .........................................................................................................................................................141
Applications Control .................................................................................................................................................144
Configuration Wizard ............................................................................................................................................144
Keyword Filtering .....................................................................................................................................................145
Configuration Wizard ............................................................................................................................................146
Web Time Limiter.....................................................................................................................................................147
Update ....................................................................................................................................................................148
Automatic Update.................................................................................................................................................149
Update Settings ....................................................................................................................................................151
Backup Settings........................................................................................................................................................155
Menu Bar .............................................................................................................................................................156
Navigator Bar .......................................................................................................................................................158
Glossary ......................................................................................................................................................................185
Repairing or Removing Ad-Aware ..............................................................................................................................191
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Using This Guide
Purpose and Intended Audience
This guide is intended to offer the end-users of Ad-Aware Business Client an overview of the product’s security
capabilities and to ensure their smooth interaction with Ad-Aware. The information presented in this guide is
suitable not only for computer-savvy users but it is also accessible to anyone who is able to work under Windows.
We wish you a pleasant and useful lecture.
How to Use This Guide
The guide consists of 3 parts, covering the following major topics: Basic Administration, Advanced Administration
and Contact Information. Moreover, a glossary is provided to clarify some technical terms.
Basic Administration: Contains the basics of working with Ad-Aware.
Advanced Administration: Provides a detailed presentation of the security capabilities provided by AdAware. You will be guided how to configure and use all Ad-Aware modules so as to efficiently protect your
computer against all kinds of threats (malware, spam, hackers, inappropriate content and so on).
Note
This part is only intended for the users who have been given the right to fully configure Ad-Aware.
Contact Information: Provides you with the Ad-Aware contact information.
Glossary: The Glossary tries to explain some technical and uncommon terms you will find in the pages of
this document.
Admonitions
The admonitions are in-text notes, graphically marked, bringing to your attention additional information related to
the current paragraph.
Note
The note is just a short observation. Although you can omit it, the notes can provide valuable information, such as
specific feature or a link to some related topic.
Important
This requires your attention and is not recommended to skip over it. Usually, it provides non-critical but significant
information.
Warning
This is critical information you should treat with increased caution. Nothing bad will happen if you follow the
indications. You should read and understand it, because it describes something extremely risky.
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Basic Administration
Getting Started
Ad-Aware Business Client is part of a complex business security and management solution. It protects company
workstations and it is managed from a central location.
The network security administrator will remotely install and configure Ad-Aware Business Client on your
computer. Once Ad-Aware Business Client is installed, your computer is protected against all kind of threats
(malware, spam, hackers, inappropriate content and so on).
Typically, you do not have to configure Ad-Aware Business Client, as this is done remotely by your network
security administrator. However, you may need to open the Ad-Aware interface to perform basic operations, such
as backing data up. Your system administrator may also ask you to update Ad-Aware and scan your computer.
Operation Modes
The way you interact with and use the product much depends on its operation mode. Ad-Aware Business Client
can operate in one of the following modes:
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Restricted User
Power User
The default operation mode is restricted user and only your network security administrator can change it.
Restricted User Mode
In the restricted user mode the configuration and administration of Ad-Aware Business Client are entirely up to the
network security administrator. You can only check the Ad-Aware status and configuration, and also perform
basic on-demand tasks, such as updating Ad-Aware, scanning the computer and backing data up.
Depending on the settings configured by the network security administrator, various Ad-Aware pop-ups and alerts
may be displayed on your monitor.
The Anti-spam toolbar, integrated into some of the most common e-mail clients, allows you to control and improve
anti-spam protection. Similarly, you can manage the anti-phishing protection Ad-Aware provides for Internet
Explorer using the Anti-phishing toolbar.
Note
For the restricted user mode, you can find all the information you need to work with Ad-Aware
Business Client in the “Basic Administration” part of this user guide.
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Power User Mode
In the power user mode, you have full control over Ad-Aware Business Client. Different from the restricted user
mode, the power user mode allows you to fully configure and customize the protection features offered by AdAware. An important benefit available only to power users is that they are able to use the entire set of backup
options.
Note
Besides the basic information presented in this part, you can also refer to the “Advanced
Administration” section of this user guide in order to learn how to fully configure Ad-Aware Business
Client.
Changing Operation Mode
As mentioned before, only the network administrator can change the operation mode of Ad-Aware Business
Client. Normally, the change is immediate, without any warning to the user. If the product interface is open when
the change is made, you will be informed that your user rights have changed and that you need to restart the
product interface. Click Yes to restart the interface and to change the user rights immediately.
The network administrator may configure Ad-Aware Business Client to allow authorized users to temporarily
change its operation mode (the user rights). In this case, you should be provided with the password required to
perform this operation.
To change the operation mode, follow these steps:
1. Right-click the
Ad-Aware icon in the system tray and select Switch to power user.
Note
If you do not find this option on the menu, then Ad-Aware is not configured to allow changing the
operation mode locally.
2. You will be prompted to provide the password.
Power User Password
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Type the password given by your network administrator in the corresponding field.
3. Click OK.
The change is temporary. If you log off, restart or close your computer, the next time you log on to Windows, AdAware will automatically operate in the restricted user mode.
To reverse user rights manually, right-click the
restricted user.
Ad-Aware icon in the system tray and select Switch to
Main Interface
The main interface allows you to check the Ad-Aware status and configuration, and to take preventive actions to
protect your data. Moreover, if you are a power user, you can configure Ad-Aware as needed and create complex
backup jobs.
To open the main interface:
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Use the Windows Start menu, by following the path Start –Programs - Ad-Aware Business Client - AdAware Business Client.
Double click the
Ad-Aware icon in the system tray.
Double click the
Ad-Aware icon located on the desktop.
Ad-Aware opens by default in Basic View, a simple interface suited for most users.
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Main Interface in Basic View
The Basic View interface contains two areas:
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The Overall Status area: provides you with information on the status of the main modules of Ad-Aware
(Antivirus, Firewall and Update).
The On Demand Tasks area: helps you keep your system safe and protect your data. Here, you can
update Ad-Aware, scan your computer or your documents and backup or restore your data. For more
information, please refer to On-Demand Tasks.
Basic View looks the same regardless of the Ad-Aware operation mode, except for an extra on-demand task,
Backup Settings, available in power user mode only. You can switch to an advanced interface (Advanced View),
where you can access the product settings and statistics. In the restricted user mode, you can only see the
configured settings and the statistics regarding product operation, whereas in the power user mode you can
configure all settings. Follow the corresponding View More Settings link from the Overall Status area to quickly
access the Advanced View sections dedicated to the main Ad-Aware modules.
If you need additional help, click the Help link placed at the bottom of the window.
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System Tray Icon
To manage the entire product more quickly, you can use the Ad-Aware icon
in the system tray. If you doubleclick this icon, the main interface will open. Also, by right-clicking the icon, a contextual menu will allow you to
quickly manage the Ad-Aware product.
Tray Icon
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Show - opens the main interface of Ad-Aware.
Help - opens the help file.
About - opens a window where you can see information about Ad-Aware and where to look for help in
case something unexpected appears.
Update Now - starts an immediate update.
Switch to power user - enables authorized users to temporarily change the product operation mode. This
option is only available if your network administrator made the appropriate configuration. For more
information, please refer to Operation Modes.
Exit - shuts down the application.
Scan Activity Bar
The Scan activity bar is a graphic visualization of the scanning activity on your system.
Important
In the restricted user mode, the Scan activity bar may or may not be visible, depending on the
settings configured by the network security administrator. Should you want this graphic visualization
to be enabled or disabled please contact the network security administrator.
Activity Bar
The green bars (the File Zone) show the number of scanned files per second, on a scale from 0 to 50.
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The red bars displayed in the Net Zone show the number of Kbytes transferred (sent and received from the
Internet) every second, on a scale from 0 to 100.
Note
The Scan activity bar will notify you when real-time protection or the Firewall is disabled by
displaying a red cross over the corresponding area (File Zone or Net Zone).
Scan Files and Folders
You can use the Scan activity bar to quickly scan files and folders. Drag the file or folder you want to be scanned
and drop it over the Scan Activity Bar as shown below.
Drag File
Drop File
The Ad-Aware Scanner will appear and guide you through the scanning process.
Show / Hide Scan Activity Bar
If you are a power user, you can configure Ad-Aware to show / hide the Scan activity bar as follows:
1. Click Switch to Advanced View (if you are in Basic View).
2. Click Advanced Settings. A new window will appear.
3. Select / Clear the Enable the Scan Activity bar (on screen graph of product activity) check box.
4. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
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Ad-Aware Manual Scan
If you want to quickly scan a certain folder, you can use the Ad-Aware Manual Scan.
To access the Ad-Aware Manual Scan, use the Windows Start menu, by following the path Start → Programs →
Ad-Aware Business Client → Ad-Aware Manual Scan. The following window will appear:
Ad-Aware Manual Scan
All you have to do is browse the folders, select the folder you want to be scanned and click OK. The Ad-Aware
Scanner will appear and guide you through the scanning process.
On-Demand Tasks
The On-Demand tasks area of the Basic View helps you take preventive actions to protect your data. The
following tasks are available both in the restricted and in the power user mode:
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Update Now - starts an immediate update
Scan My Documents - starts a quick scan of your documents and settings
Deep System Scan - starts a full scan of your computer (archives included)
Full System Scan - starts a full scan of your computer (archives excluded)
Start Backup Wizard - starts an easy five-step procedure to back your data up
Start Restore Wizard - starts an easy four-step procedure to restore your data
In the power user mode, there is an additional task, Backup Settings that allows you to set up and execute
backup operations in detail.
Important
The backup and restore options may be missing if the network security administrator has chosen to remove
them from the program.
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These tasks represent an additional security layer that provides extra safety for your data. You can find detailed
information about the tasks available to restricted users throughout this chapter.
Note
You can access the same tasks from the Advanced View by clicking Quick Tasks in the left menu.
Updating Ad-Aware
New malware is found and identified every day. This is why it is very important to keep Ad-Aware up to date with
the latest malware signatures.
If you want to update Ad-Aware, just click Update Now. The update process will be initiated and the following
window will appear immediately:
Updating Ad-Aware
In this window you can see the status of the update process.
The update process is performed on the fly, meaning that the files to be updated are replaced progressively. In
this way, the update process will not affect product operation and, at the same time, all vulnerabilities will be
excluded.
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If you want to close this window, just click Close. However, this will not stop the update process. To stop the
update process, click Cancel.
Important
If you are connected to the Internet through a dial-up connection, then it is recommended to regularly
update Ad-Aware by user request.
If you are connected to the Internet through broadband or DSL, you can configure Ad-Aware to
update automatically. You must be a power user in order to make the configuration. To configure
automatic updates, switch to Advanced View, go to Update>Update and select the Update is
disabled check box. Automatic update may be configured by your network security administrator.
Restart the computer if required. In case of a major update, you will be asked to restart your computer. If you
do not want to be prompted anymore when an update requires a reboot, check Wait for reboot, instead of
prompting. In this way, the next time when an update requires a reboot, the product will keep working with the
old files until you reboot the system voluntarily.
Click Reboot to immediately reboot your system.
If you want to reboot your system later, just click OK. We recommend that you reboot your system as soon as
possible.
Scanning with Ad-Aware
To scan your computer for malware, run a particular scan task by clicking the corresponding button. The following
table presents the available scan tasks, along with their description:
Task
Scan My Documents
Deep System Scan
Full System Scan
Description
Use this task to scan important current user folders: My
Documents, Desktop and Start Up. This will ensure the safety of your
documents, a safe workspace and clean applications running at startup.
Scans the entire system. In the default configuration, it scans for all types of
malware threatening your system's security, such as viruses, spyware, adware,
rootkits and others.
Scans the entire system, except for archives. In the default configuration, it
scans for all types of malware threatening your system's security, such as
viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits and others.
Note
Since the Deep System Scan and Full System Scan tasks analyze the entire system, the scanning
may take a while. Therefore, we recommend you to run these tasks on low priority or, better, when
your system is idle.
When you initiate an on-demand scanning process, whether a quick or a full scan, the Ad-Aware Scanner will
appear. Follow the three-step guided procedure to complete the scanning process.
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Step 1/3 - Scanning
Ad-Aware will start scanning the selected objects.
Scanning
You can see the scan status and statistics (scanning speed, elapsed time, number of scanned / infected /
suspicious / hidden objects and other).
Note
The scanning process may take a while, depending on the complexity of the scan.
To temporarily stop the scanning process, just click Pause. You will have to click Resume to resume scanning.
You can stop scanning anytime you want by clicking Stop & Yes. You will go directly to the last step of the
wizard.
Wait for Ad-Aware to finish scanning.
Step 2/3 - Select Actions
When the scanning is completed, a new window will appear where you can see the scan results.
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Actions
You can see the number of issues affecting your system. The infected objects are displayed in groups, based on
the malware they are infected with. Click the link corresponding to a threat to find out more information about the
infected objects.
You can choose an overall action to be taken for each group of issues or you can select separate actions for each
issue.
The following options can appear on the menu:
Action
Take No Action
Disinfect
Delete
Move to quarantine
Rename files
Description
No action will be taken on the deleted files.
Removes the malware code from the infected files
Deletes detected files
Moves detected files to quarantine
Changes the name of the hidden file by appending aa.ren to their name. As a
result, you will be able to search for and find such files on your computer, if any.
Click Continue to apply the specified actions.
Step 3/3 - View Results
When Ad-Aware finishes fixing the issues, the scan results will appear in a new window.
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Summary
You can see the results summary. Click Show log file to view the scan log.
Important
If required, please restart your system in order to complete the cleaning process. Click Exit to close
the results window.
Ad-Aware Could Not Solve Some Issues
In most cases Ad-Aware successfully disinfects the infected files it detects or it isolates the infection. However,
there are issues that cannot be solved.
Warning
If there are unsolved issues, it is highly recommended that you contact the network security
administrator.
Ad-Aware Detected Password-protected Items
The password-protected category includes two types of items: archives and installers. They do not present a real
threat to the security of the system unless they contain infected files and only if executed.
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To make sure that these items are clean:
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If the password-protected item is an archive you protected with a password, extract the files it contains
and scan them separately. The easiest way to scan them is to right-click; select Ad-Aware Business
Client from the menu.
If the password-protected item is an installer, make sure that real-time protection is enabled before you
execute the installer. If the installer is infected, Ad-Aware will detect and isolate the infection.
If you do not want these objects to be detected again by Ad-Aware you must add them as exceptions to the
scanning process. To add scan exceptions switch to Advanced View and go to Antivirus > Exceptions. For more
information, please refer to Objects Excluded from Scanning.
Important
If Ad-Aware operates in the restricted user mode, ask your network security administrator to
configure the scan exceptions.
Ad-Aware Detected Suspect Files
Suspect files are files detected by the heuristic analysis as potentially infected with malware the signature of
which has not been released yet.
If suspect files were detected during the scan, you will be requested to submit them to the Ad-Aware Lab. Click
OK to send these files to the Ad-Aware Lab for further analysis.
Backing Data Up
Data backups are an important aspect of data security. Backing data up helps protect against data loss.
There are many ways data can be lost, such as:
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accidentally deleting files and documents
hard-drive failures
viruses which corrupt or delete files
If you make regular backups of your data, you can restore them whenever necessary. In this way, you can
recover lost files or go back to a previous version of a document.
Ad-Aware includes a Backup module that helps you make reserve copies of any valuable data on your system.
You can back your data up on:
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your computer
a removable disk (CD/DVD)
a USB stick
a network location
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an FTP server
By clicking Start Backup Wizard, a wizard will guide you through the process of creating a backup task. At the
end of this process, you will be able to back up your files on the spot or schedule the product you wish to back up
at a later time.
Note
Power users can configure complex backup jobs using Ad-Aware Backup. For more information,
please refer to Backup Settings.
Step 1/5 - Welcome Window
This is just a welcome page.
Welcome Window
Click Next.
Step 2/5 - Choose what to Backup
Here you can select what data in your computer to back up.
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Choose what to backup
You can choose either Quick Backup (your music, videos, pictures, emails, applications settings, etc.) or Full
Backup (all partitions).
Click Other Files, to add other files from your Desktop to Quick Backup. Full Backup can also be easily
customized by selecting what directories to backup from a certain partition.
Click Next.
Step 3/5 - Choose where to Backup
Here you can select the location of the backed-up data.
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Choose where to backup
You can choose one of the following options:
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Backup data on my computer
Backup data on my USB drive
Backup data on a network location
Backup data on CD/DVD
Backup data on FTP server
If you decide to back your data up on your computer, your USB drive or on a network location, click Choose
location and select where to save the data to.
If you want to back your data up on an FTP server, click Choose location and add the FTP server. A new
window will appear.
Add FTP Server
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You must configure the FTP server connection settings as follows:
1. Type the FTP server name in the corresponding field.
2. If the FTP server uses a different port than default port 21, type it in the corresponding field.
3. To use passive mode (the FTP server initiates the connection), select the Passive Mode check box.
4. If the FTP server allows anonymous access, you can leave the Anonymous option selected. Otherwise,
select User Name and type the user name and password of an account recognized by the FTP server.
5. Click OK.
6. Click Next.
Step 4/5 - Choose when to Backup
Here you can select when to back your data up.
Choose when to backup
To back your files up on the spot click Only backup the data this time, to schedule the product to backup your
files at a later moment, click Backup the data on a schedule I specify.
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If you select Backup the data on a schedule I specify, you can specify how often the scheduled task runs: daily
or weekly. You can also specify the start date and time.
Click Next.
Step 5/5 – Summary
Here you can review the backup job settings and start the backup.
Summary
You must type a task name into the corresponding field. You can make any changes by returning to the previous
steps (click Back).
Click Start backup if you are satisfied with your settings. Wait for Ad-Aware to complete the backup and then
click Finish.
Note
The first time you create a scheduled backup job, you will be prompted to specify the Windows
account used to run the job.
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Set Running User
To use the current user account, just type its password in the corresponding field. If you want to run the backup
under a different account, select The following Windows user and fill in the fields.
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User name - type the name of the Windows account.
Password - type the password of the previously specified user account.
Server - type the domain server name.
Click OK to continue.
Restoring Backed-up Data
You can easily recover lost data that you previously backed up with Ad-Aware. By clicking Start Restore Wizard,
a wizard will guide you through the process of restoring your locally backed-up data.
Note
Before restoring any data, make sure that the device where you backed the data up is available.
Depending on the device you used, you may need to take one of these actions:
 Insert the backup USB stick into a USB port
 Insert the backup CD/DVD into the drive
 Check if you can connect to the network location or FTP server where the backup is stored
Step 1/4 - Welcome Window
This is just a welcome page.
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Welcome Window
Click Next.
Step 2/4 - Choose where to Backup from
Here you can select a location where you want to restore files from.
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Choose where to backup from
You can choose one of the following options:
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Restore data from my computer
Restore data from a USB drive
Restore data from a network location
Restore data from CD/DVD
Restore data from FTP server
After selecting an option, click Choose location and select the backup file that you want to restore.
Click Next.
Step 3/4 - Choose the Restore Location and Files
Here you can choose which specific files to restore and where to restore them to.
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Choose the restore location and files
The following options are available:
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Restore the backup to its original location
Restore the backup to a different location
Restore all data from the selected backup location
Restore specific files
Overwrite existing files when restoring
If you want to restore data to another location or specific files only, select the location and data by clicking the
corresponding button.
To avoid overwriting the existing file when restoring, clear the Overwrite existing files when restoring check
box.
Click Next.
Step 4/4 - Summary
Here you can review the restore job settings and start the restoring process.
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Summary
Click Restore if you are satisfied with your settings. Wait for Ad-Aware to restore the selected data and then click
Finish.
Alerts and Pop-ups
Ad-Aware uses pop-ups and alerts to inform you about its operation or special events that may interest you and to
prompt you for action when needed. This chapter presents the Ad-Aware pop-ups and alerts that may appear on
your screen.
Note
In the restricted user mode, pop-ups and alerts may or may not be displayed depending on the
settings configured by the network security administrator.
Pop-ups
Pop-ups are small windows that temporarily appear on the screen to inform you about various Ad-Aware events,
such as e-mail scanning, a new computer that logged to your wireless network, a firewall rule added etc. When
pop-ups appear, you will be required to click an OK button or a link, at the most.
If you do not want pop-ups to be displayed, follow these steps:
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1. Click Switch to Advanced View (if you are in Basic View).
2. Click Advanced Settings. A new window will appear.
3. Clear the Show pop-ups (on-screen notes) check box.
4. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
If you are a restricted user, ask your network security administrator to block the Ad-Aware pop-ups.
Alerts
Alerts are dialogs that prompt you for action. The Ad-Aware alerts include:
● Virus Alerts
● Device Detection Alerts
● Firewall Alerts
● Anti-phishing Alerts
● Registry Alerts
● Script Alerts
● Cookie Alerts
● User Control Alerts
Virus Alerts
Ad-Aware protects your computers against various kinds of malware, such as viruses, spyware or rootkits.
Whenever you try to access a file, the respective file is first scanned by real-time protection. If the file is infected,
Ad-Aware will apply a specific action and inform you about it:
You can see the virus name, the path to the infected file and the action taken by Ad-Aware.
Click OK to close the window.
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Virus Alert
Important
It is highly recommended that you immediately inform the network security administrator about the
infected file.
Device Detection Alerts
Ad-Aware Business Client may be configured to automatically detect storage devices (CDs/DVDs, USB storage
devices or mapped network drives) and prompt you whether to scan them or not.
Device Detection Alert
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You can see information about the detected device.
To scan the device, click Yes. If you are sure the device is clean, you can choose not to scan it.
In power user mode, you can select the following options:
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Never ask me again about this type of device. Ad-Aware will no longer offer to scan storage devices of this
type when they are connected to your computer.
Disable automatic device scanning. You will no longer be prompted to scan new storage devices when
they are connected to the computer.
Firewall Alerts
With Firewall enabled, Ad-Aware will ask for your permission whenever a connection to the Internet has been
made:
You can see the following: the application that is trying to access the Internet, the path to the application file, the
destination the protocol used and the port on which the application is trying to connect.
Click Allow to allow all traffic (inbound and outbound) generated by this application from the local host to any
destination, over the respective IP protocol and on all ports. If you click Block, the application will be denied
access to the Internet over the respective IP protocol completely.
Based on your answer, a rule will be created, applied and listed in the table. The next time the application tries to
connect this rule will be applied by default.
Firewall Alert
Important
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Allow inbound connection attempts only from IPs or domains you are sure to trust.
Anti-phishing Alerts
With anti-phishing protection enabled, Ad-Aware alerts you when you try to access web pages that may be set up
to steal personal information. Before you can access such a web page, Ad-Aware will block that page and display
a generic web page alert instead:
Anti-phishing Alert
Check the web page address in the address bar of your browser. Look for clues that might indicate that the web
page is used for phishing. If the web address is suspicious, it is recommended that you do not open it.
Here are some tips you may find useful:
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If you have typed the address of a legitimate website, check if the address is correct. If the address is
incorrect, re-type it and go to the web page again.
If you have clicked a link in an e-mail or an instant message, verify who sent it to you. If the sender is
unknown, this is probably a phishing attempt. If you know the sender, you should check if that person
really sent you the link.
If you reached the web page by browsing the Internet, check the web page where you found the link
(click the Back button on your web browser).
If you want to view the web page, click the appropriate link to take one of these actions:
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View the web page this time only. There is no risk as long as you do not submit any information on
the web page. If the web page is legitimate, you can add it to the White List (click the Ad-Aware Antiphishing toolbar and select Add to White List).
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Add the web page to the White List. The web page will be displayed immediately and Ad-Aware will
no longer alert you about it. This option is available in power user mode only.
Important
Add to the White List only the web pages that you fully trust (for example, your bank's web address,
known online shops, etc). Ad-Aware does not check for phishing the web pages in the White List.
You can manage anti-phishing protection and the White List using the Ad-Aware Anti-phishing toolbar. For more
information, please refer to Anti-phishing Toolbar.
Registry Alerts
A very important part of the Windows operating system is called the Registry. This is where Windows keeps its
settings, installed programs, user information and so on.
The Registry is also used to define which programs should be launched automatically when Windows is started.
Viruses often use this in order to be automatically launched when the user restarts his computer.
Registry Control keeps an eye on the Windows Registry - this is again useful for detecting Trojan horses. It alerts
you whenever a new program tries to modify a registry entry in order to be executed at Windows start-up.
Registry Alert
You can see the program trying to set itself to run at Windows start-up. If you know the program, it is
recommended to allow the attempt.
Note
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Ad-Aware will usually alert you when you install new programs that need to run after the next startup
of your computer. In most cases, these programs are legitimate and can be trusted.
If you do not recognize the program and if it seems suspicious, click Block to prevent it from modifying Windows
Registry.
If you want Ad-Aware to remember your answer, check Always apply this action to this program. In this way, a
rule will be created and the same action will be applied whenever this program tries to modify a registry entry in
order to be executed at Windows start-up.
Script Alerts
Scripts and other codes such as ActiveX controls and Java applets, which are used to create interactive web
pages, can be programmed to have harmful effects. ActiveX elements, for example, can gain total access to your
data and they can read data from your computer, delete information, capture passwords and intercept messages
while you're online. You should only accept active content from sites you fully know and trust.
Ad-Aware lets you choose to run these elements or to block their execution.
With Script Control you will be in charge of which websites you trust and which you don't. Ad-Aware will ask you
for permission whenever a website tries to activate a script or other active content:
You can see the name of the resource.
Check Remember this answer option and click Yes or No and a rule will be created, applied and listed in the
rules table. You will no longer be notified when the same site tries to send you active content.
Script Alert
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Cookie Alerts
Cookies are a very common occurrence on the Internet. They are small files stored on your computer. Websites
create these cookies in order to keep track of specific information about you.
Cookies are generally made to make your life easier. For example they can help the website remember your
name and preferences, so that you don't have to enter them on every visit.
But cookies can also be used to compromise your privacy, by tracking your surfing patterns. This is where Cookie
Control helps. When enabled, Cookie Control asks for your permission whenever a new website tries to set a
cookie:
You can see the name of the application that is trying to send the cookie file.
Check Remember this answer option and click Yes or No and a rule will be created, applied and listed in the rules
table. You will no longer be notified the next time when you connect to the same site.
This will help you to choose which websites you trust and which you don't.
Cookie Alert
Note
Because of the great number of cookies used on the Internet today, Cookie Control can be quite
bothersome to begin with. At first, it will ask a lot of questions about sites trying to place cookies on
your computer. As soon as you add your regular sites to the rule-list, surfing will become as easy as
before.
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User Control Alerts
The Ad-Aware User Control can be configured by the network security administrator to block access to:
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applications such as games, chat, filesharing programs or others
the Internet, for certain periods of time or completely
inappropriate web pages
web pages and e-mail messages, if they contain certain keywords
Ad-Aware will inform you through specific alerts whenever your actions are not compliant with the configured user
access rules.
Important
To change the User Control rules, contact the network security administrator.
Anti-spam Integration into Mail Clients
Ad-Aware Business Client includes an Anti-spam module. Anti-spam verifies the e-mail messages you receive
and identifies those that are spam. The spam messages detected by Ad-Aware are marked with the [spam] prefix
in the subject line.
Note
Anti-spam protection is provided for all POP3/SMTP e-mail clients.
Ad-Aware integrates directly through an intuitive and easy-to-use toolbar into the following mail clients:
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Microsoft Outlook
Outlook Express
Windows Mail
Ad-Aware automatically moves spam messages to a specific folder, as follows:
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In Microsoft Outlook, spam messages are moved to a Spam folder, located in the Deleted Items folder.
In Outlook Express and Windows Mail, spam messages are moved directly to Deleted Items.
If you use other mail clients, you must create a rule to move the e-mail messages marked as [spam] by Ad-Aware
to a custom quarantine folder.
Anti-spam Toolbar
In the upper area of your mail client window you can see the Anti-spam toolbar. The Anti-spam toolbar helps you
manage Anti-spam protection directly from your mail client. You can easily correct Ad-Aware if it marked a
legitimate message as SPAM.
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Antispam Toolbar
Each button from the Ad-Aware toolbar will be explained below:
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Is Spam - sends a message to the Bayesian module indicating that the selected e-mail is spam. The
e-mail will be tagged as SPAM and moved to the Spam folder. The future e-mail messages that fit the
same patterns will be tagged as SPAM.
The future e-mail messages that fit the same patterns will be tagged as SPAM.
Note
You can select one e-mail or as many e-mail messages as you want.
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Not Spam - sends a message to the Bayesian module indicating that the selected e-mail is not spam
Ad-Aware shouldn't have tagged it. The e-mail will be moved from the Spam folder to the Inbox directory.
The future e-mail messages that fit the same patterns will no longer be tagged as SPAM.
Note
You can select one e-mail or as many e-mail messages as you want.
Important
The
Not Spam button becomes active when you select a message marked as SPAM by AdAware (normally these messages are located in the Spam folder).
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Add spammer - adds the sender of the selected e-mail to the Spammers list.
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Select Don't show this message again if you don't want to be prompted for confirmation when you add a
spammer's address to the list.
Click OK to close the window.
Add Spammer
The future e-mail messages from that address will be tagged as SPAM.
Note
You can select one sender or as many senders as you want.
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Add friend - adds the sender of the selected e-mail to the Friends list.
Select Don't show this message again if you don't want to be prompted for confirmation when you add a friend's
address to the list.
Click OK to close the window.
Add Friend
You will always receive e-mail messages from this address no matter what they contain.
Note
You can select one sender or as many senders as you want.
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Spammers - opens the Spammers list that contains all the e-mail addresses from which you don't want
to receive messages, regardless of their content.
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Note
Any e-mail message received from an address contained in the Spammers list will be automatically
marked as SPAM, without further processing.
Spammers list
Here you can add or remove entries from the Spammers list.
If you want to add an e-mail address check the Email address option, type in the address and click the
button. The address will appear in the Spammers list.
Important
Syntax: [email protected]
If you want to add a domain check the Domain name option, type in the domain and click the
domain will appear in the Spammers list.
button. The
Important
Syntax:
 @domain.com, *domain.com and domain.com - all the received e-mail messages from
domain.com will be tagged as SPAM;
 *domain* - all the received e-mail messages from domain (no matter the domain suffixes) will be
tagged as SPAM;
 *com - all the received e-mail messages having the domain suffix com will be tagged as SPAM.
Warning
Do not add domains of legitimate web-based e-mail services (such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or
other) to the Spammers list. Otherwise, the e-mail messages received from any registered user of
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such a service will be detected as spam. If, for example, you add yahoo.com to the Spammers list, all
e-mail messages coming from yahoo.com addresses will be marked as [spam].
To import e-mail addresses from Windows Address Book / Outlook Express Folders into Microsoft Outlook /
Outlook Express / Windows Mail select the appropriate option from the Import email addresses from dropdown menu.
For Microsoft Outlook Express / Windows Mail a new window will appear from where you can select the folder
that contains the e-mail addresses you want to add to the Spammers list. Choose them and click Select.
In both cases the e-mail addresses will appear in the import list. Select the desired ones and click
to the Spammers list. If you click all
the e-mail addresses will be added to the list.
To delete an item from the list, select it and click Remove button. If you click
delete all entries from the list, but notice: it is impossible to recover them.
Use the Save/
extension.
to add them
Clear list button you will
Load buttons to save / load the Spammers list to a desired location. The file will have .bwl
To reset the content of the current list when you load a previously saved list select When load, empty current
list.
Click Apply and OK to save and close the Spammers list.
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Friends - opens the Friends list that contains all the e-mail addresses from which you always want
to receive e-mail messages, regardless of their content.
Note
Any mail coming from an address contained in the Friends list, will automatically be delivered to your
Inbox without further processing.
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Friends list
Here you can add or remove entries from the Friends list.
If you want to add an e-mail address check the Email address option, type in the address and click the
The address will appear in the Friends list.
button.
Important
Syntax: [email protected]
If you want to add a domain check the Domain name option, type in the domain and click the
domain will appear in the Friends list.
button. The
Important
Syntax:
 @domain.com, *domain.com and domain.com - all the received e-mail messages from
domain.com will reach your Inbox regardless of their content;
 *domain* - all the received e-mail messages from domain (no matter the domain suffixes) will
reach your Inbox regardless of their content;
 *com - all the received e-mail messages having the domain suffix com will reach your Inbox
regardless of their content;
To import e-mail addresses from Windows Address Book / Outlook Express Folders into Microsoft Outlook /
Outlook Express / Windows Mail select the appropriate option from the Import email addresses from dropdown menu.
For Microsoft Outlook Express / Windows Mail a new window will appear from where you can select the folder
that contains the e-mail addresses you want to add to the Friends list. Choose them and click Select.
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In both cases the e-mail addresses will appear in the import list. Select the desired ones and click to add them to
the Friends list. If you click all the e-mail addresses will be added to the list.
To delete an item from the list, select it and click Remove button. If you click Clear list button you will delete all
entries from the list, but notice: it is impossible to recover them.
Use the Save/
extension.
Load buttons to save / load the Friends list to a desired location. The file will have .bwl
To reset the content of the current list when you load a previously saved list select
When load, empty current list.
Note
We recommend that you add your friends' names and e-mail addresses to the Friends list. Ad-Aware
does not block messages from those on the list; therefore, adding friends helps ensure that
legitimate messages get through.
Click Apply and OK to save and close the Friends list.
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Settings - opens the Settings window where you can specify some options for the Anti-spam module.
Settings
The following options are available:
 Move message to Deleted Items - moves the spam messages to the Deleted Items (only for
Microsoft Outlook Express / Windows Mail);
 Mark message as 'read' - marks all the spam messages as read so as not to be disturbing when new
spam messages arrive.
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If your Anti-spam filter is very inaccurate, you may need to wipe the filter database and retrain the
Bayesian filter. Click Wipe Anti-spam database to reset the Bayesian database.
Use the Save Bayes/
Load Bayes buttons to save / load the Bayesian database list to a desired
location. The file will have .dat extension.
Click the Alerts tab if you want to access the section where you can disable the apparition of the
confirmation windows for the
Add spammer and Add friend buttons.
Note
In the Alerts window you can also enable/disable the apparition of the Please select an email
message alert. This alert appears when you select a group instead of an email message.
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Wizard - opens the wizard that will step you through the process of training the Bayesian filter, so that
the efficiency of Ad-Aware Anti-spam will be further increased. You can also add addresses from your
Address Book to your Friends list / Spammers list.
Ad-Aware Anti-spam - opens the Ad-Aware user interface.
Anti-spam Configuration Wizard
The first time you run your mail client after you have installed Ad-Aware, a wizard will appear helping you to
configure the Friends list and the Spammers list and to train the Bayesian filter in order to increase the efficiency
of the Anti-spam filters.
Note
The wizard can also be launched any time you want by clicking the
spam toolbar.
Wizard button from the Anti-
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Step 1/6 - Welcome Window
Welcome Window
Click Next.
Step 2/6 - Fill in the Friends List
Fill in the Friends List
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Here you can see all the addresses from your Address Book. Please select those you want to be added to your
Friends list (we recommend to select them all). You will receive all the e-mail messages from these addresses,
regardless of their content.
To add all your contacts to the Friends list, check Select all.
Select Skip this step if you want to pass over this step. Click Back to go to the previous step or click Next to
continue the wizard.
Step 3/6 - Delete Bayesian Database
Delete Bayesian Database
You may find that your Anti-spam filter has begun to lose efficiency. This may be due to improper training. (i.e.
you have mistakenly tagged a number of legitimate messages as spam, or vice versa). If your filter is very
inaccurate, you may need to wipe the filter database and retrain the filter by following the next steps of this
wizard.
Select Wipe Anti-spam filter database if you want to reset the Bayesian database.
Use the Save Bayes/ Load Bayes buttons to save / load the Bayesian database list to a desired location.
The file will have .dat extension.
Select Skip this step if you want to pass over this step. Click Back to go to the previous step or click Next to
continue the wizard.
Step 4/6 - Train Bayesian Filter with Legitimate Mail
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Train Bayesian Filter with Legitimate Mail
Please select a folder that contains legitimate e-mail messages. These messages will be used to train the Antispam filter.
There are two advanced options under the directory list:
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Include subfolders - to include the subfolders to your selection.
Automatically add to friends list - to add the senders to the Friends list.
Select Skip this step if you want to pass over this step. Click Back to go to the previous step or click Next to
continue the wizard.
Step 5/6 - Train Bayesian Filter with Spam
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Train Bayesian Filter with Spam
Please select a folder that contains spam e-mail messages. These messages will be used to train the Anti-spam
filter.
Important
Please make sure that the folder you choose contains no legitimate e-mail at all, otherwise the Antispam performance will be considerably reduced.
There are two advanced options under the directory list:
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Include subfolders - to include the subfolders to your selection.
Automatically add to spammers list - to add the senders to the Spammers list.
Select Skip this step if you want to pass over this step. Click Back to go to the previous step or click Next to
continue the wizard.
Step 6/6 – Summary
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Summary
Here you can view all the settings for the configuration wizard. You can make any changes, by returning to the
previous steps (click Back).
If you do not want to make any modifications, click Finish to end the wizard.
Anti-Phishing Toolbar
Ad-Aware protects you against phishing attempts when you are surfing the Internet. It scans the accessed web
sites and alerts you if there are any phishing threats. A White List of web sites that will not be scanned by AdAware can be configured.
You can easily and efficiently manage anti-phishing protection and the White List using the Ad-Aware Antiphishing toolbar integrated into Internet Explorer. The anti-phishing toolbar, represented by the Ad-Aware icon, is
located on the topside of Internet Explorer. Click it in order to open the toolbar menu.
Note
If you cannot see the toolbar, open the View menu, point to Toolbars and check Ad-Aware
Toolbar.
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Anti-Phishing Toolbar
The following commands are available on the toolbar menu:
 Enable / Disable - enables / disables the Ad-Aware Anti-Phishing toolbar. If you choose to disable the
anti-phishing toolbar, you will no longer be protected against phishing attempts.
 Settings - opens a window where you can specify the anti-phishing toolbar's settings.
The following options are available:
 Enable Scanning - enables anti-phishing scanning.
 Ask before adding to White List - prompts you before adding a web site to the White List.
 Add to White List - adds the current web site to the White List.
Note
Adding a site to the White List means that Ad-Aware will not scan the site for phishing attempts
anymore. We recommend you to add to the White List only sites that you fully trust.
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View White List - opens the White List.
Anti-Phishing White List
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You can see the list of all the web sites that are not checked by the Ad-Aware anti-phishing engines.
If you want to remove a site from the White List so that you can be notified about any existing phishing threat on
that page, click the Remove button next to it.
You can add the sites that you fully trust to the White List, so that they will not be scanned by the anti-phishing
engines anymore. To add a site to the White List, provide its address in the corresponding field and click Add.
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Help - opens the help file.
About - opens a window where you can see information about Ad-Aware and where to look for help in
case something unexpected appears.
Advanced Administration
Ad-Aware Business Client can operate either in the restricted or in the power user mode, as presented in the
Getting Started chapter. Your network security administrator can set Ad-Aware to operate in power user mode. In
this case, you can configure Ad-Aware in detail and, more importantly, you can use the entire set of backup
options.
To check or configure the Ad-Aware settings, you must change the interface visualization mode to Advanced
View. To do that, click the Switch to Advanced View button, located at the top of the Basic View.
Important
In the restricted user mode, the configuration and administration of Ad-Aware Business Client are
entirely up to the network security administrator. You will not be able to configure any settings, but
only to see the configured settings and the statistics regarding the operation of the various Ad-Aware
Business Client components. Should you have any objections to the Ad-Aware configuration, please
direct them to the network security administrator.
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Main Interface in Advanced View
The Advanced View is organized around the Ad-Aware components. This allows you to easily manage Ad-Aware
based on the type of security issue addressed.
To configure or check the settings and statistics of a specific Ad-Aware component, use the menu on the left:
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Quick Tasks - in this section you can run on-demand tasks.
Antivirus - in this section you can configure the Antivirus module.
Firewall - in this section you can configure the Firewall module.
Anti-spam - in this section you can configure the Anti-spam module.
Privacy Control - in this section you can configure the Privacy Control module.
User Control - in this section you can configure the User Control module.
Update - in this section you can configure the Update module.
Important
Some of these components may be missing if the network security administrator has chosen to remove
them from the program.
You can go back to Basic View whenever you want by clicking the corresponding Switch to Basic View button.
If you need additional help, click the Help link placed at the bottom of the window. A contextual help page is
displayed providing you with detailed information about the section you are into.
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Quick Tasks
When you only want to perform basic operations, go to Quick Tasks in the left menu.
The quick tasks are the same with the on-demand tasks in the Basic View.
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Update Now - starts an immediate update
Scan My Documents - starts a quick scan of your documents and settings
Deep System Scan - starts a full scan of your computer (archives included)
Full System Scan - starts a full scan of your computer (archives excluded)
Start Backup Wizard - starts an easy five-step procedure to back your data up
Backup Settings - opens Ad-Aware Backup, which allows you to set up and execute backup operations
in detail. Only available in power user mode!
Start Restore Wizard - starts an easy four-step procedure to restore your data
Important
The backup and restore options may be missing if the network security administrator has chosen to
remove them from the program.
To execute one of these tasks, click the Run Now button corresponding to the task.
For more information, please refer to On-Demand Tasks.
Configuring General Settings
To configure general settings for Ad-Aware Business Client and to manage its settings, click Advanced Settings.
A new window will appear.
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General Settings
Here you can set the overall behavior of Ad-Aware. By default, Ad-Aware is loaded at Windows startup and then
runs minimized in the taskbar.
General Settings
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Show Ad-Aware News (security related notifications) - shows from time to time security notifications
regarding virus outbreaks, sent by the Ad-Aware server.
Show pop-ups (on-screen notes) - shows pop-up windows regarding the product status.
Load Ad-Aware at Windows startup - automatically launches Ad-Aware at system startup. We
recommend you to keep this option selected.
Show the Scan Activity bar (on screen graph of product activity) - displays the Scan Activity bar
whenever you log on to Windows. Clear this check box if you do not want the Scan Activity bar to be
displayed anymore.
Submit information about product crashes to Ad-Aware - if the product crashes, the error log is sent to
the Ad-Aware Labs and the Ad-Aware services are reinitialized.
If Ask the user to confirm the submission of the crash information is also selected, the user logged on to the
workstation will be informed about the crash. In this case, the user must confirm the sending of the error log and
the restart of the Ad-Aware services.
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Virus Report Settings
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Send virus reports - sends to the Ad-Aware Labs reports regarding viruses identified in your computer. It
helps us keep track of virus-outbreaks.
The reports will contain no confidential data, such as your name, IP address or others, and will not be used for
commercial purposes. The information supplied will contain only the virus name and will be used solely to create
statistic reports.
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Enable Ad-Aware Outbreak Detection - sends to the Ad-Aware Labs reports regarding potential virusoutbreaks.
The reports will contain no confidential data, such as your name, IP address or others, and will not be used for
commercial purposes. The information supplied will contain only the potential virus and will be used solely to
detect new viruses.
Manage HTTP Exceptions
Ad-Aware Business Client intercepts the HTTP traffic in order to scan it for malware and to apply the relevant
Identity Control and User Control policies. The HTTP traffic that does not comply with the HTTP standard is
automatically blocked, without any warning.
HTTP exceptions automatically allow the HTTP traffic involving specific applications or IP or web addresses.
HTTP exceptions are to be used only by IT administrators or by expert users who fully understand the purpose of
these exceptions. Regular users should NOT USE these settings.
Important
Use caution when defining HTTP exceptions. HTTP exceptions can make the workstation more
vulnerable to viruses and other malware. Add HTTP exceptions only for applications, IP and web
addresses that you fully trust. It is best that you first consult your network security administrator
before adding an HTTP exception.
Applications
When an application is added as an HTTP exception, the HTTP traffic to or from that application is no longer
intercepted by Ad-Aware. This means that:
● the respective traffic is not scanned for viruses
● the relevant Identity Control and User Control policies are not applied to the respective traffic
Here is an example of an application that may be added as an HTTP exception: a proprietary application, which
generates HTTP traffic non compliant with the HTTP standard, does not work after Ad-Aware Business Client is
deployed.
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Warning
Do not add web browsers as HTTP exceptions, unless advised by an Ad-Aware support
representative! Excluding a web browser from HTTP scanning will disable virus scanning and the
Identity Control and User Control policies for content sent or received via that browser.
Adding Exceptions
To add an exception, click the Add button and follow the wizard. Quicker, right-click a blank entry in the
Applications column, select Edit and complete only the final step of the wizard.
Step 1/2 - Select Exception Type
Select the option of excluding a path from scanning.
Click Next.
Step 2/2 - Specify Excluded Paths
Click Browse, select the application to be excluded and then click Add.
The paths will appear in the table as you add them. You can add as many paths as you want. To remove an entry
from the table, select it and click the Delete button.
Click Finish to add the exceptions.
Editing Exceptions
To edit an exception, do any of the following:
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Right-click the exception and select Edit from the menu.
Select the exception and click the Edit button.
A new window will appear.
Change the application path as needed. If you want to temporarily disable the exception, select No.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Deactivating Exceptions
To temporarily deactivate an exception, right-click the corresponding field in the Active column and select No from
the menu. To reactivate the exception, follow the same steps and select Yes from the menu.
You can also make these changes by editing the rule.
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Deleting Exceptions
To delete an exception, do any of the following:
● Right-click the exception and select Delete from the menu.
● Select the exception and click the
Delete button.
IP Addresses and IP Subnets
When an IP address is added as an HTTP exception, the HTTP traffic to or from that IP address is no longer
intercepted by Ad-Aware. Similarly, when an entire IP subnet is added as an HTTP exception, the HTTP traffic to
or from IP addresses belonging to that subnet are no longer intercepted by Ad-Aware. This means that:
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the respective traffic is not scanned for viruses.
the relevant Identity Control and User Control policies are not applied to the respective traffic.
Here are some situations when you may add IP addresses or subnets as HTTP exceptions:
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Identity Control rules have been configured to prevent private or confidential information from being sent
from the workstation over HTTP. To allow such information to be exchanged internally over HTTP, you
may add the IP addresses of the internal web servers as HTTP exceptions.
To disable HTTP virus scanning for specific IP addresses, which are known to be safe (for example, the IP
address of an intranet HTTP server).
Adding Exceptions
To add an exception, click the
Add button and follow the wizard. Quicker, right-click a blank entry in the IP
Addresses and Classes of IP column, select Edit and complete only the final step of the wizard.
Step 1/2 - Select Exception Type
Select the option of excluding an IP or an IP subnet from scanning.
Click Next.
Step 2/2 - Specify Excluded IPs
To exclude a single IP address, type it in the edit field, select from the menu a 32 bit subnet mask and then click
Add.
To exclude an entire subnet, type the subnet address in the edit field, select the subnet mask from the menu and
then click Add.
The IP addresses or subnets will appear in the table as you add them. You can add as many exceptions as you
want. To remove an entry from the table, select it and click the
Delete button.
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Click Finish to add the exceptions.
Editing Exceptions
To edit an exception, do any of the following:
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Right-click the exception and select Edit from the menu.
Select the exception and click the
Edit button.
A new window will appear.
Change the IP address or the IP subnet as needed. If you want to temporarily disable the exception, select No.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Deactivating Exceptions
To temporarily deactivate an exception, right-click the corresponding field in the Active column and select No from
the menu. To reactivate the exception, follow the same steps and select Yes from the menu.
You can also make these changes by editing the rule.
Deleting Exceptions
To delete an exception, do any of the following:
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Right-click the exception and select Delete from the menu.
Select the exception and click the Delete button.
Web Addresses
When a web address is added as an HTTP exception, the HTTP traffic to or from that web site is no longer
intercepted by Ad-Aware. This means that:
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the respective traffic is not scanned for viruses
the relevant Identity Control and User Control policies are not applied to the respective traffic
You may want to add fully trusted web addresses as HTTP exceptions for faster web browsing.
Adding Exceptions
To add an exception, click the Add button and follow the wizard. Quicker, right-click a blank entry in the Web
Addresses table, select Edit and complete only the final step of the wizard.
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Step 1/2 - Select Exception Type
Select the option of excluding a web address from scanning.
Click Next.
Step 2/2 - Specify Excluded Web Addresses
Enter the web address you want to exclude and then click Add.
You can add as many exceptions as you want. To remove an entry from the table, select it and click the
button.
Delete
Click Finish to add the exceptions.
Editing Exceptions
To edit an exception, do any of the following:
● Right-click the exception and select Edit from the menu.
● Select the exception and click the
Edit button.
A new window will appear.
Change the web address as needed. If you want to temporarily disable the exception, select No.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Deactivating Exceptions
To temporarily deactivate an exception, right-click the corresponding field in the Active column and select No from
the menu. To reactivate the exception, follow the same steps and select Yes from the menu.
You can also make these changes by editing the rule.
Deleting Exceptions
To delete an exception, do any of the following:
● Right-click the exception and select Delete from the menu.
● Select the exception and click the
Delete button.
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Size Exceptions
You can choose to skip scanning HTTP traffic that exceeds a specific size (for example, large file downloads).
Specify the size limit in kilobytes (KB) in the corresponding field.
Note
Selecting this option can make web browsing faster.
Manage Settings
Use the Save All Settings /
Load All Settings buttons to save / load the settings you have made for AdAware to a desired location. This way you can use the same settings after you reinstall or repair your Ad-Aware
product.
To load the default settings, click
Restore Default Settings.
Antivirus
Ad-Aware protects your computer from all kinds of malware (viruses, Trojans, spyware, rootkits and so on).
Besides the classical scanning based on malware signatures, Ad-Aware will also perform a heuristic analysis on
the scanned files. The aim of heuristic scanning is to identify new viruses, based on certain patterns and
algorithms, before a virus definition is found. False alarm messages can appear. When such a file is detected it is
classified as suspicious. In these cases, we recommend you to send the file to the Ad-Aware lab to be analyzed.
The protection Ad-Aware offers is divided into two categories:
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On-access scanning - prevents new malware threats from entering your system. This is also called realtime protection - files are scanned as you use them - on-access. Ad-Aware will, for example, scan a word
document for known threats when you open it, and an e-mail message when you receive one.
On-demand scanning - allows detecting and removing malware already residing in your system. This is
the classic scan initiated by the user - you choose what drive, folder or file Ad-Aware should scan, and AdAware scans it - on-demand. The scan tasks allow you to create customized scanning routines and they
can be scheduled to run on a regular basis.
The Antivirus section of this user guide contains the following topics:
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•On-access Scanning
•On-demand Scanning
Objects Excluded from Scanning
Quarantine
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On-access Scanning
On-access scanning, also known as real-time protection, keeps your computer safe from all kinds of malware
threats by scanning all accessed files, e-mail messages and the communications through Instant Messaging
Software applications (ICQ, NetMeeting, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger).
To configure and monitor real-time protection, go to Antivirus>Shield in the Advanced View.
Real-time protection
Important
To prevent viruses from infecting your computer keep Real-time protection enabled.
In the bottom side of the section you can see the Real-time protection statistics about files and e-mail messages
scanned. Click
More statistics if you want to see a more explained window regarding these statistics.
To start a quick system scan, click Scan Now.
Configuring Protection Level
You can choose the protection level that better fits your security needs. Drag the slider along the scale to set the
appropriate protection level.
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There are 3 protection levels:
Protection Level
Description
Permissive
Covers basic security needs. The resource consumption level is very low.
Programs and incoming mail messages are only scanned for viruses. Besides the classical
signature-based scan, the heuristic analysis is also used. The actions taken on infected
files are the following: clean file/deny access.
Default
Offers standard security. The resource consumption level is low.
All files and incoming & outgoing mail messages are scanned for viruses and spyware.
Besides the classical signature-based scan, the heuristic analysis is also used. The actions
taken on infected files are the following: clean file/deny access.
Aggressive
Offers high security. The resource consumption level is moderate.
All files, incoming & outgoing mail messages and web traffic are scanned for viruses and
spyware. Besides the classical signature-based scan, the heuristic analysis is also used.
The actions taken on infected files are the following: clean file/deny access.
To apply the default real-time protection settings click Default Level.
Customizing Protection Level
Advanced users might want to take advantage of the scan settings Ad-Aware offers. The scanner can be set to
scan only specific file extensions, to search for specific malware threats or to skip archives. This may greatly
reduce scanning times and improve your computer's responsiveness during a scan.
You can customize the Real-time protection by clicking Custom level. The following window will appear:
Shield Settings
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The scan options are organized as an expandable menu, very similar to those used for exploration in Windows.
Click the box with "+" to open an option or the box with "-" to close an option.
Note
You can observe that some scan options, although the "+" sign appears, cannot be opened.
The reason is that these options weren't selected yet. You will observe that if you select
them, they can be opened.

Scan accessed files and P2P transfers options - scans the accessed files and the communications
through Instant Messaging Software applications (ICQ, NetMeeting, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger).
Further on, select the type of the files you want to be scanned.
Options
Scan accessed
files
Scan all files
Scan applications
only
Scan user defined
extensions
Scan for riskware
Scan boot
Scan inside
archives
Scan packed
files
First action
Deny access and
continue
Disinfect file
Delete file
Move file to
quarantine
Second action
Deny access and
continue
Delete file
Move file to
quarantine
Description
All the accessed files will be scanned, regardless their type.
Only the program files will be scanned. This means only the files
with the following extensions: .exe; .bat; .com; .dll; .ocx;
.scr; .bin; .dat; .386; .vxd; .sys; .wdm; .cla; .class;
.ovl; .ole; .exe; .hlp; .doc; .dot; .xls; .ppt; .wbk;
.wiz; .pot; .ppa; .xla; .xlt; .vbs; .vbe; .mdb; .rtf;
.htm; .hta; .html; .xml; .xtp; .php; .asp; .js; .shs;
.chm; .lnk; .pif; .prc; .url; .smm; .pdf; .msi; .ini;
.csc; .cmd; .bas; .eml and .nws.
Only the files with the extensions specified by the user will be
scanned. These extensions must be separated by ";".
Scans for riskware. Detected files will be treated as infected. The
software that includes adware components might stop working if
this option is enabled.
Select Skip dialers and applications from scan if you want to
exclude these kind of files from scanning.
Scans the systems boot sector.
The accessed archives will be scanned. With this option on, the
computer will slow down.
All packed files will be scanned.
Select from the drop-down menu the first action to take on
infected and suspicious files.
In case an infected file is detected, the access to this will be
denied.
Removes the malware code from infected files.
Deletes infected files immediately, without any warning.
Moves infected files into the quarantine.
Select from the drop-down menu the second action to take on
infected files, in case the first action fails.
In case an infected file is deleted, the access to this will be
denied.
Deletes infected files immediately, without any warning.
Moves infected files into the quarantine.
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Do not scan files
greater than [X]
Kb
Do not scan
network shares
Type in the maximum size of the files to be scanned. If the size is
0 Kb, all files will be scanned, regardless their size.
If this option is enabled, BitDefender will not scan the network
shares, allowing for a faster network access.
We recommend you to enable this option only if the network you
are part of is protected by an antivirus solution.
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Scan e-mail traffic - scans the e-mail traffic.
The following options are available:
Option
Scan incoming mails
Scan outgoing mails
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Description
Scans all incoming e-mail messages.
Scans all outgoing e-mail messages.
Scan http traffic - scans the http traffic.
Show warning when a virus is found - opens an alert window when a virus is found in a file or in an email message.
For an infected file the alert window will contain the name of the virus, the path to it, the action taken by AdAware and a link to the Ad-Aware site where you can find more information about it. For an infected e-mail the
alert window will contain also information about the sender and the receiver.
In case a suspicious file is detected you can launch a wizard from the alert window that will help you to send
that file to the Ad-Aware Lab for further analysis. You can type in your e-mail address to receive information
regarding this report.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Configuring Behavioral Scanner Settings
Ad-Aware Business Client includes two behavioral-based detection components, aimed to enhance traditional
signature-based and heuristic detection:
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Ad-Aware Active Virus Control is an innovative proactive detection technology which uses advanced
heuristic methods to detect new potential threats in real time. Active Virus Control continuously monitors
the applications running on the computer, looking for malware-like actions. Each of these actions is scored
and an overall score is computed for each process. You can configure Active Virus Control to only detect
and report potentially harmful processes, or also block potentially harmful processes with or without asking
the user.
Ad-Aware Host Intrusion Detection/Prevention monitors the system for suspicious activities (for example,
unauthorized attempts to alter the Ad-Aware files, DLL injections, key logging attempts etc).
To configure these components, click Behavioral Scanner Settings. A new window will appear.
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Behavioral Scanner Settings
Follow these steps:
1. Enable Active Virus Control and Host Intrusion Detection/Prevention by selecting the corresponding check
boxes.
2. If you want to only detect and report potentially harmful processes, select Run in detection mode only.
3. Choose the protection level that best suits your security needs. Drag the slider along the scale to set the
desired protection level. Use the description on the right side of the scale to choose the protection level that
better fits your security needs.
4. If you have not selected the Run in detection mode only check box, you can add rules for trusted
applications. These applications will not be monitored; therefore they will never be reported or blocked. You
can also choose the action to be taken on detected applications.
To add a rule for a trusted application, click
and find the application on your computer.
You can manage rules using the other buttons:
Remove - remove an application from the list.
Edit - edit an application rule.
To change the action for an application, click the current action and select the other action from the
menu.
Disabling Real-time Protection
If you want to disable real-time protection, a warning window will appear.
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Disable Real-time Protection
You must confirm your choice by selecting from the menu how long you want the real-time protection to be
disabled. You can disable real-time protection for 5, 15 or 30 minutes, for an hour, permanently or until the system
restart.
Warning
This is a critical security issue. We recommend you to disable real-time protection for as little time as
possible. If real-time protection is disabled, you will not be protected against malware threats.
On-demand Scanning
The main objective for Ad-Aware is to keep your computer clean of viruses. This is first and foremost done by
keeping new viruses out of your computer and by scanning your e-mail messages and any new files downloaded
or copied to your system.
There is a risk that a virus is already lodged in your system, before you even install Ad-Aware. This is why it's a
very good idea to scan your computer for resident viruses after you've installed Ad-Aware. And it's definitely a
good idea to frequently scan your computer for viruses.
 To configure and initiate on-demand scanning, go to Antivirus>Scan in the Advanced View.
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Scan Tasks
On-demand scanning is based on scan tasks. Scan tasks specify the scanning options and the objects to be
scanned. You can scan the computer whenever you want by running the default tasks or your own scan tasks
(user-defined tasks). You can also schedule them to run on a regular basis or when the system is idle so as not to
interfere with your work
Scan Tasks
Ad-Aware comes with several tasks, created by default, which cover common security issues. You can also
create your own customized scan tasks.
Each task has a Properties window that allows you to configure the task and to see the scan results. For more
information, please refer to Configuring Scan Tasks.
There are three categories of scan tasks:

System tasks - contains the list of default system tasks. The following tasks are available:
Default Task
Description
Deep System
Scan
Scans the entire system. In the default configuration, it scans for all types of
malware threatening your system's security, such as viruses, spyware, adware,
rootkits and others.
Full System Scan
Scans the entire system, except for archives. In the default configuration, it scans
for all types of malware threatening your system's security, such as viruses,
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spyware, adware, rootkits and others.
Quick System
Scan
Scans the Windows, Program Files and All Users folders. In the default
configuration, it scans for all types of malware, except for rootkits, but it does not
scan memory, the registry or cookies.
Note
Since the Deep System Scan and Full System Scan tasks analyze the entire system, the
scanning may take a while. Therefore, we recommend you to run these tasks on low priority or,
better, when your system is idle.
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User tasks - contains the user-defined tasks.
A task called My Documents is provided. Use this task to scan important current user folders: My
Documents, Desktop and StartUp. This will ensure the safety of your documents, a safe workspace and
clean applications running at startup.
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Misc. tasks - contains a list of miscellaneous scan tasks. These scan tasks refer to alternative scanning
types that cannot be run from this window. You can only modify their settings or view the scan reports.
The following tasks are available:
Default Task
Description
Contextual
Scan
This task is used when scanning via the Windows contextual menu or using the scan
activity bar. You can modify the scan options to better suit your needs.
Device
Scanning
Ad-Aware Business Client can detect automatically when a new storage device is
connected to the computer and scan it. Use this task to configure the options of the
automatic detection and scanning of storage devices (CDs/DVDs, USB storage
devices or mapped network drives). For more information about this task, please
refer to Device Scanning.
Three buttons may be available to the right of each task:
● Schedule - indicates that the selected task is scheduled for later. Click this button to open the Properties
window, Scheduler tab, where you can see the task schedule and modify it.
● Delete - removes the selected task.
Note
Available for user-created tasks only, you cannot remove a default task.
● Scan Now - runs the selected task, initiating an immediate scan.
To the left of each task you can see the Properties button that allows you to configure the task and view the scan
logs.
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Using Shortcut Menu
A shortcut menu is available for each task, right-click the selected task to open it.
Shortcut Menu
For system and user-defined tasks, the following commands are available on the shortcut menu:

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Scan Now - runs the selected task, initiating an immediate scan.
Change Scan Target - opens the Properties window, Scan Path tab, where you can change the scan target
of the selected task.
Note
In the case of system tasks, this option is replaced by Show Task Paths, as you can only
see their scan target.
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Schedule Task - opens the Properties window, Scheduler tab, where you can schedule the selected task.
View Scan Logs - opens the Properties window, Scan Logs tab, where you can see the reports generated
after the selected task was run.
Duplicate - duplicates the selected task. This is useful when creating new tasks, as you can modify the
settings of the task duplicate.
Delete - deletes the selected task.
Note
Available for user-created tasks only, you cannot remove a default task.

Properties - opens the Properties window, Overview tab, where you can change the settings of the selected
task.
For the Contextual Scan task, only the Properties and View Scan Logs options are available.
For the Device Scanning task, only the Properties and Device Scanning options are available. The second
option allows you to configure settings specific to this task. For more information about this task, please refer to
Device Scanning.
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Creating Scan Tasks
To create a scan task, use one of the following methods:
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
Duplicate an existing task, rename it and make the necessary changes in the Properties window.
Click New Task to create a new task and configure it.
Configuring Scan Tasks
Each scan task has its own Properties window, where you can configure the scan options, set the scan target,
schedule the task or see the reports. To open this window click the Open button, located on the right of the task
(or right-click the task and then click Open).
Note
For more information on viewing logs and the Logs tab, please refer to Viewing Scan Logs.
Configuring Scan Settings
To configure the scanning options of a specific scan task right-click it and select Properties. The following
window will appear:
Overview
Here you can see information about the task (name, last run and schedule status) and set the scan settings.
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Choosing Scan Level
You can easily configure the scan settings by choosing the scan level. Drag the slider along the scale to set the
appropriate scan level.
There are 3 scan levels:
Protection Level
Description
Low
Offers reasonable detection efficiency. The resource consumption level is low.
Programs only are scanned for viruses. Besides the classical signature-based scan, the
heuristic analysis is also used.
Medium
Offers good detection efficiency. The resource consumption level is moderate.
All files are scanned for viruses and spyware. Besides the classical signature-based scan,
the heuristic analysis is also used.
High
Offers high detection efficiency. The resource consumption level is high.
All files and archives are scanned for viruses and spyware. Besides the classical
signature-based scan, the heuristic analysis is also used.
A series of general options for the scanning process are also available:
Option
Description
Run the task with Low
priority
Decreases the priority of the scan process. You will allow other programs to
run faster and increase the time needed for the scan process to finish.
Minimize scan window to
Sys Tray
Minimizes the scan window to the system tray. Double-click the Ad-Aware
icon to open it.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window. To run the task, just click Scan.
Customizing Scan Level
Advanced users might want to take advantage of the scan settings Ad-Aware offers. The scanner can be set to
scan only specific file extensions, to search for specific malware threats or to skip archives. This may greatly
reduce scanning times and improve your computer's responsiveness during a scan. Click Custom to set your
own scan options. A new window will appear.
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Scan Settings
The scan options are organized as an expandable menu, very similar to those used for exploration in Windows.
Click the box with "+" to open an option or the box with "-" to close an option.
The scan options are grouped into four categories:
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Scan Level
Virus scanning options
Action options
Other options

Specify the type of malware you want Ad-Aware to scan for by selecting the appropriate options from the
Scan Level category.
The following options are available:
Option
Description
Scan for viruses
Scans for known viruses.
Ad-Aware detects incomplete virus bodies, too, thus removing any possible
threat that could affect your system’s security.
Scan for adware
Scans for adware threats. Detected files will be treated as infected. The
software that includes adware components might stop working if this option is
enabled.
Scan for spyware
Scans for known spyware threats. Detected files will be treated as infected.
Scan for
application
Scans applications (.exe and .dll files).
Scan for dialers
Scans for applications dialing high-cost numbers. Detected files will be treated
as infected. The software that includes dialer components might stop working if
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this option is enabled.
Scan for rootkits

Scans for hidden objects (files and processes), generally known as rootkits.
Specify the type of objects to be scanned (archives, e-mail messages and so on) and other options. This
is made through the selection of certain options from Virus scanning options category.
The following options are available:
Option
Scan files

Description
Scan all files
All accessed files will be scanned, regardless of their
type.
Scan program files
only
Only the program files will be scanned. This means only
the files with the following extensions: exe; bat; com;
dll; ocx; scr; bin; dat; 386; vxd; sys; wdm; cla;
class; ovl; ole; exe; hlp; doc; dot; xls; ppt; wbk;
wiz; pot; ppa; xla; xlt; vbs; vbe; mdb; rtf; htm;
hta; html; xml; xtp; php; asp; js; shs; chm; lnk;
pif; prc; url; smm; pdf; msi; ini; csc; cmd; bas;
eml and nws.
Scan user defined
extensions
Only the files with the extensions specified by the user
will be scanned. These extensions must be separated by
";".
Scan packed
files
Scans packed files.
Scan inside
archives
Scans inside archives.
Scan inside email archives
Scans inside e-mail archives.
Scan boot
sectors
Scans the system’s boot sector.
Scan memory
Scans the memory for viruses and other malware.
Scan registry
Scans the registry entries.
Scan cookies
Scans cookies files.
Specify the actions to be taken on the infected, suspicious or hidden files detected in the Action options
category. You can specify a different action for each category.
 Select the action to be taken on the infected files detected. The following options are available:
Action
Description
Take no action
No action will be taken on infected files. These files will appear in the report
file.
Disinfect files
Removes the malware code from infected files.
Delete files
Deletes infected files immediately, without any warning.
Move file to
Moves infected files into the quarantine.
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Quarantine

Quarantined files cannot be executed or opened; therefore, the risk of getting
infected disappears.
Select the action to be taken on the suspicious files detected. The following options are available:
Action
Description
Take no action
No action will be taken on suspicious files. These files will appear in the
report file.
Delete files
Deletes suspicious files immediately, without any warning.
Move file to
Moves suspicious files into the quarantine.
Quarantine
Quarantined files cannot be executed or opened; therefore, the risk of getting
infected disappears.
Note
Files are detected as suspicious by the heuristic analysis. We recommend you to send these files to
the Ad-Aware Lab.

Select the action to be taken on the hidden objects (rootkits) detected. The following options are
available:
Action
Description
Take no action
No action will be taken on hidden files. These files will appear in the report
file.
Rename files
Changes the name of hidden files by appending aa.ren to their name. As a
result, you will be able to search for and find such files on your computer, if
any.
Note
If you choose to ignore the detected files or if the chosen action fails, you will have to choose an
action in the scanning wizard.

To be prompted to submit all suspect files to the Ad-Aware lab after the scan process has finished, check
Submit suspect files to Ad-Aware Lab in the Other options category.
If you click Default you will load the default settings. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Setting Scan Target
To set the scan target of a specific user scan task, right-click the task and select Change Scan Target. The
following window will appear:
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Scan Target
You can see the list of local, network and removable drives as well as the files or folders added previously, if any.
All checked items will be scanned when running the task.
The section contains the following buttons:

Add Items(s) - opens a browsing window where you can select the file(s) / folder(s) that you want to be
scanned.
Note
You can also use drag and drop to add files/folders to the list.

Remove Item(s) - removes the file(s) / folder(s) previously selected from the list of objects to be scanned.
Note
Only the file(s) / folder(s) that were added afterwards can be deleted, but not those that were
automatically "seen" by Ad-Aware.
Besides the buttons explained above there are also some options that allow the fast selection of the scan
locations.
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Local Drives - to scan the local drives.
Network Drives - to scan all network drives.
Removable Drives - to scan removable drives (CD-ROM, floppy-disk unit).
All Entries - to scan all drives, no matter if they are local, in the network or removable.
Note
If you want to scan your entire computer, select the checkbox corresponding to All Entries.
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Click OK to save the changes and close the window. To run the task, just click Scan.
Viewing the Scan Target of System Tasks
You cannot modify the scan target of the scan tasks from the System Tasks category.
You can only see their scan target.
To view the scan target of a specific system scan task, right-click the task and select Show Task Paths. For Full
System Scan, for example, the following window will appear:
Scan Target of Full System Scan
Full System Scan and Deep System Scan will scan all local drives, while Quick System Scan will only scan the
Windows and Program Files folders.
Click OK to close the window. To run the task, just click Scan.
Scheduling Scan Tasks
With complex tasks, the scanning process will take some time and it will work best if you close all other programs.
That is why it is best for you to schedule such tasks when you are not using your computer and it has gone into
the idle mode.
To see the schedule of a specific task or to modify it, right-click the task and select
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Schedule Task. The following window will appear:
Scheduler
You can see the task schedule, if any.
When scheduling a task, you must choose one of the following options:

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
Not Scheduled - launches the task only when the user requests it.
Once - launches the scan only once, at a certain moment. Specify the start date and time in the Start
Date/Time fields.
Periodically - launches the scan periodically, at certain time intervals (hours, days, weeks, months, years)
starting with a specified date and time.
If you want the scan to be repeated at certain intervals, select Periodically and type in the At every edit box
the number of minutes/hours/days/weeks/ months/years indicating the frequency of this process. You must
also specify the start date and time in the Start Date/Time fields.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window. To run the task, just click Scan.
Scanning Objects
Before you initiate a scanning process, you should make sure that Ad-Aware is up to date with its malware
signatures. Scanning your computer using an outdated signature database may prevent Ad-Aware from detecting
new malware found since the last update. To verify when the last update was performed click Update > Update in
the Advanced View.
Note
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In order for Ad-Aware to make a complete scanning, you need to shut down all open programs.
Especially your email-client (i.e. Outlook, Outlook Express or Eudora) is important to shut down.
Scanning Methods
Ad-Aware provides four types of on-demand scanning:
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Immediate scanning - run a scan task from the system / user tasks.
Contextual scanning - right-click a file or a folder and select Ad-Aware Business Client.
Drag&Drop scanning – drag&drop a file or a folder over the Scan Activity Bar.
Manual scanning - use Ad-Aware Manual Scan to directly select the files or folders to be scanned.
Immediate Scanning
To scan your computer or part of it you can run the default scan tasks or your own scan tasks. This is called
immediate scanning.
To run a scan task, use one of the following methods:
 double-click the desired scan task in the list
 click the
Scan now button corresponding to the task
 select the task and then click Run Task
The Ad-Aware Scanner will appear and the scanning will be initiated. For more information, please refer to AdAware Scanner.
Contextual Scanning
To scan a file or a folder, without configuring a new scan task, you can use the contextual menu. This is called
contextual scanning.
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Contextual Scan
Right-click the file or folder you want to be scanned and select Ad-Aware Business Client.
The Ad-Aware Scanner will appear and the scanning will be initiated. For more information, please refer to AdAware Scanner.
You can modify the scan options and see the report files by accessing the Properties window of the Contextual
Menu Scan task.
Drag&Drop Scanning
Drag the file or folder you want to be scanned and drop it over the Scan Activity Bar as shown below.
Drag File
Drop File
The Ad-Aware Scanner will appear and the scanning will be initiated. For more information, please refer to AdAware Scanner.
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Manual Scanning
Manual scanning consists in directly selecting the object to be scanned using the Ad-Aware Manual Scan option
from the Ad-Aware program group in the Start Menu.
Note
Manual scanning is very useful, as it can be performed when Windows works in Safe Mode,
too.
To select the object to be scanned by Ad-Aware, in the Windows Start menu, follow the path Start - Programs Ad-Aware Business Client - Ad-Aware Manual Scan.
The following window will appear:
Manual scanning
Choose the object that you want to be scanned and click OK.
The Ad-Aware Scanner will appear and the scanning will be initiated. For more information, please refer to AdAware Scanner.
Ad-Aware Scanner
When you initiate an on-demand scanning process, the Ad-Aware Scanner will appear. Follow the three-step
guided procedure to complete the scanning process.
Step 1/3 – Scanning
Ad-Aware will start scanning the selected objects.
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Scanning
You can see the scan status and statistics (scanning speed, elapsed time, number of scanned / infected /
suspicious / hidden objects and other).
Note
The scanning process may take a while, depending on the complexity of the scan.
To temporarily stop the scanning process, just click Pause. You will have to click Resume to resume scanning.
You can stop scanning anytime you want by clicking Stop & Yes. You will go directly to the last step of the
wizard.
Wait for Ad-Aware to finish scanning.
Step 2/3 - Select Actions
When the scanning is completed, a new window will appear where you can see the scan results.
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Actions
You can see the number of issues affecting your system.
The infected objects are displayed in groups, based on the malware they are infected with. Click the link
corresponding to a threat to find out more information about the infected objects.
You can choose an overall action to be taken for each group of issues or you can select separate actions for each
issue.
The following options can appear on the menu:
Action
Description
Take no action
No action will be taken on the deleted files
Disinfect
Removes the malware code from infected files
Delete
Deletes detected files
Move to quarantine
Moves detected files to quarantine
Rename files
Changes the name of hidden files by appending aa.ren to their name. As a
result, you will be able to search for and find such files on your computer, if any.
Click Continue to apply the specified actions.
Step 3/3 - View Results
When Ad-Aware finishes fixing the issues, the scan results will appear in a new window.
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Summary
You can see the results summary. The report file is automatically saved in the Logs section from the Properties
window of the respective task.
Important
If required, please restart your system in order to complete the cleaning process.
Click Exit to close the results window.
Ad-Aware Could Not Solve Some Issues
In most cases Ad-Aware successfully disinfects the infected files it detects or it isolates the infection. However,
there are issues that cannot be solved.
Warning
If there are unsolved issues, it is highly recommended that you contact the network security
administrator.
Ad-Aware Detected Password-protected Items
The password-protected category includes two types of items: archives and installers. They do not present a real
threat to the security of the system unless they contain infected files and only if executed.
To make sure that these items are clean:
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● if the password-protected item is an archive you protected with a password, extract the files it contains
and scan them separately. The easiest way to scan is to right-click and select Ad-Aware Business
Client from the menu
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if the password-protected item is an installer make sure that real-time protection is enabled before you
execute the installer. If the installer is infected, Ad-Aware will detect and isolate the infection
If you do not want these objects to be detected again by Ad-Aware you must add them as exceptions to the
scanning process. To add scan exceptions switch to Advanced View and go to Antivirus > Exceptions. For more
information, please refer to Objects Excluded from Scanning.
Important
If Ad-Aware operates in the restricted user mode, ask your network security administrator to
configure the scan exceptions .
Ad-Aware Detected Suspect Files
Suspect files are files detected by the heuristic analysis as potentially infected with malware the signature of
which has not been released yet.
If suspect files were detected during the scan, you will be requested to submit them to the Ad-Aware Lab. Click
OK to send these files to the Ad-Aware Lab for further analysis.
Viewing Scan Logs
To see the scan results after a task has run, right-click the task and select View Scan Logs. The following
window will appear:
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Scan Logs
Here you can see the report files generated each time the task was executed. For each file you are provided with
information on the status of the logged scanning process, the date and time when the scanning was performed
and a summary of the scanning results.
Two buttons are available:
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Delete log - to delete the selected scan log.
Show log - to view the selected scan log. The scan log will open in your default web browser.
Note
Also, to view or delete a file, right-click the file and select the corresponding option from the
shortcut menu.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window. To run the task, just click Scan.
Scan Log Example
The following figure represents an example of a scan log:
Scan log example
The scan log contains detailed information about the logged scanning process, such as scanning options, the
scanning target, the threats found and the actions taken on these threats.
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Device Scanning
Device Scanning is a special task that allows you to configure the automatic detection and scanning of storage
devices (CDs/DVDs, USB storage devices or mapped network drives).
Configuring General Scan Settings
To configure the scanning options and actions, right-click the task and select Properties. The settings are very
similar to those of any scan task. For more information, please refer to Configuring Scan Settings.
These are the differences:
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There are no rootkit scanning or action options
There are no options for scanning boot sectors, registry, memory and cookies
Take into account that no action can be taken on infected or suspicious files detected on CDs/DVDs. Similarly, no
action can be taken on infected or suspicious files detected on mapped network drives if you do not have the
appropriate privileges.
Configuring Task Specific Settings
To configure settings specific to this scan task right-click it and select Device Scanning. The following window
will appear:
Device Scan
The following options are available:
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Device Scanning. Select this option to enable the automatic detection and scanning of storage devices. If
you do not want a specific type of storage device (CDs/DVDs, USB storage devices or mapped network
drives) to be detected and scanned, clear the corresponding option.
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Notification for Device Scanning. Select this option if you want to inform the user logged on to the
computer when a storage device is detected. Otherwise, the detected device will be scanned
automatically, without informing the user (only the scan progress icon is displayed in the system tray). The
user will be able to access the device while the scan is in progress.
You can select the following options:
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Ask the user to decide on the action. An alert window informs the user that a storage device has
been detected and prompts the user whether or not to scan the device.
 Show a pop-up when the scanning process starts. A small window informs the user when the scan
of a detected storage device is started.
 Show the progress and results of the scanning process. The user can open the scan wizard by
clicking the scan progress icon in the system tray in order to check the progress and results of the
scan.
Do not scan devices with more than a specified size of data stored. By selecting this option, detected
devices will be scanned only if the amount of stored data is smaller than the specified size limit. Type the
size limit (in megabytes) in the corresponding field. Zero means that no size restriction is imposed.
Note
This option applies only to CDs/DVDs and USB storage devices.
Click OK to save the changes.
Objects Excluded from Scanning
There are cases when you may need to exclude certain files from scanning. For example, you may want to
exclude an EICAR test file from on-access scanning or .avi files from on-demand scanning.
Ad-Aware allows excluding objects from on-access or on-demand scanning, or from both. This feature is intended
to decrease scanning times and to avoid interference with your work.
Two types of objects can be excluded from scanning:
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Paths - the file or the folder (including all the objects it contains) indicated by a specified path will be
excluded from scanning.
Extensions - all files having a specific extension will be excluded from scanning.
Note
The objects excluded from on-access scanning will not be scanned, no matter if they are
accessed by you or by an application.
To see and manage the objects excluded from scanning go to Antivirus>Exceptions in the Advanced View.
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Exceptions
You can see the objects (files, folders, extensions) that are excluded from scanning. For each object you can see
if it is excluded from on-access, on-demand scanning or both.
Note
The exceptions specified here will NOT apply for contextual scanning.
To remove an entry from the table, select it and click the
Delete button.
To edit an entry from the table, select it and click the Edit button. A new window will appear where you can
change the extension or the path to be excluded and the type of scanning you want them to be excluded from, as
needed. Make the necessary changes and click OK.
Note
You can also right-click an object and use the options on the shortcut menu to edit or delete it.
You can click Discard to revert the changes made to the rule table, provided that you have not saved them by
clicking Apply.
Excluding Paths from Scanning
To exclude paths from scanning, click the Add button. You will be guided through the process of excluding
paths from scanning by the configuration wizard that will appear.
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Step 1/3 - Select Object Type
Object Type
Select the option of excluding a path from scanning.
Click Next.
Step 2/3 - Specify Excluded Paths
Excluded Paths
To specify the paths to be excluded from scanning use either of the following methods:
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Click Browse, select the file or folder that you want to be excluded from scanning and then click Add.
Type the path that you want to be excluded from scanning in the edit field and click Add.
Note
If the provided path does not exist, an error message will appear. Click OK and check the
path for validity.
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The paths will appear in the table as you add them. You can add as many paths as you want.
To remove an entry from the table, select it and click the
Delete button.
Click Next.
Step 3/3 - Select Scanning Type
Scanning Type
You can see a table containing the paths to be excluded from scanning and the type of scanning they are
excluded from.
By default, the selected paths are excluded from both on-access and on-demand scanning. To change when to
apply the exception, click on the right column and select the desired option from the list.
Click Finish.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Excluding Extensions from Scanning
To exclude extensions from scanning, click the Add button. You will be guided through the process of
excluding extensions from scanning by the configuration wizard that will appear.
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Step 1/3 - Select Object Type
Object Type
Select the option of excluding an extension from scanning.
Click Next.
Step 2/3 - Specify Excluded Extensions
Excluded Extensions
To specify the extensions to be excluded from scanning use either of the following methods:
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Select from the menu the extension that you want to be excluded from scanning and then click Add.
Note
The menu contains a list of all the extensions registered on your system. When you select
an extension, you can see its description, if available.
● Type the extension that you want to be excluded from scanning in the edit field and click Add.
The extensions will appear in the table as you add them. You can add as many extensions as you want.
To remove an entry from the table, select it and click the
Delete button.
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Click Next.
Step 3/3 - Select Scanning Type
Scanning Type
You can see a table containing the extensions to be excluded from scanning and the type of scanning they are
excluded from.
By default, the selected extensions are excluded from both on-access and on-demand scanning. To change when
to apply the exception, click on the right column and select the desired option from the list.
Click Finish.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Quarantine Area
Ad-Aware allows isolating the infected or suspicious files in a secure area, named quarantine. By isolating these
files in the quarantine, the risk of getting infected disappears and, at the same time, you have the possibility to
send these files for further analysis to the Ad-Aware lab.
To see and manage quarantined files and to configure the quarantine settings, go to Antivirus>Quarantine in the
Advanced View.
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Quarantine
The Quarantine section displays all the files currently isolated in the Quarantine folder. For each quarantined file,
you can see its name, the name of the detected virus, the path to its original location and the submission date.
Note
When a virus is in quarantine it cannot do any harm because it cannot be executed or read.
Managing Quarantined Files
To delete a selected file from quarantine, click the
original location, click Restore.
Remove button. If you want to restore a selected file to its
You can send any selected file from the quarantine to the Ad-Aware Lab by clicking Send.
Contextual Menu. A contextual menu is available, allowing you to manage quarantined files easily. The same
options as those mentioned previously are available. You can also select Refresh to refresh the Quarantine
section.
Configuring Quarantine Settings
To configure the quarantine settings, click Settings. A new window will appear.
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Quarantine Settings
Using the quarantine settings, you can set Ad-Aware to automatically perform the following actions:
Delete old files. To automatically delete old quarantined files, check the corresponding option. You must specify
the number of days after which the quarantined files should be deleted and frequency with which Ad-Aware
should check for old files.
Note
By default, Ad-Aware will check for old files every day and delete files older than 30 days.
Delete duplicates. To automatically delete duplicate quarantined files, check the corresponding option. You must
specify the number of days between two consecutive checks for duplicates.
Note
By default, Ad-Aware will check for duplicate quarantined files every day.
Automatically submit files. To automatically submit quarantined files, check the corresponding option. You must
specify the frequency with which to submit files.
Note
By default, Ad-Aware will automatically submit quarantined files every 60 minutes.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Firewall
The Firewall protects your computer from inbound and outbound unauthorized connection attempts. It is quite
similar to a guard at your gate - it will keep a watchful eye on your Internet connection and keep track of who to
allow access to the Internet and who to block.
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Note
A firewall is essential if you have a broadband or DSL connection.
In Stealth Mode your computer is “hidden” from malicious software and hackers. The firewall module is capable of
automatically detecting and protecting against port scans (streams of packets sent to a machine in order to find
access points, often in preparation for an attack).
The Firewall section of this user guide contains the following topics:
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•Firewall Insights
Firewall Status
•Traffic Protection
•Advanced Settings
•Firewall Activity
•Network Zones
Firewall Insights
The Ad-Aware Firewall was designed to offer the best protection for your network / Internet connections, without
you having to configure it. No matter if you are connected directly to the Internet, to a single network or to several
networks (Ethernet, wireless, VPN or other network type), either trusted or untrusted, the firewall will selfconfigure in order to adapt to the corresponding situation.
By default Ad-Aware automatically detects the network configurations on your computer and it creates an
appropriate basic firewall profile. It also adds detected networks to the profile as trusted or untrusted network
zones, depending on their configuration.
What Are Firewall Profiles?
A firewall profile is a set of rules that controls applications' network / Internet access.
Depending on the network configuration on your computer, Ad-Aware automatically creates a specific type of
profile. The basic profile created contains network access rules or elementary Internet access rules, required by
system applications and Ad-Aware components.
Note
A single firewall profile is created, regardless of the number of networks you are connected
to.
There are three types of basic profiles:
Profile
Description
Direct
Contains the elementary Internet access rules recommended for a network configuration
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connection
that allows direct access to Internet. The rules do not allow either network users to
access your computer or you to browse the network.
Untrusted
Contains the network access rules recommended for a network configuration associated
with an untrusted network. The rules allow you to browse the network, but prevent other
network members from accessing your computer.
Trusted
Contains the network access rules recommended for a network configuration associated
with a trusted network. No restrictions are imposed on network access. This implies that
you have access to network shares, network printers and other network resources. At the
same time, network members can connect to your computer and access your shares.
As applications try to connect to the Internet, appropriate rules are added to the profile. You can choose to allow
or deny by default the access to Internet of applications for which rules have not been configured, or to allow only
the whitelisted applications by default and to be asked permission for the other applications.
Note
To specify the access policy for applications that try to connect to the Internet for the first
time, go to the Status section and set the protection level. To edit the existing profile, go to
the Traffic section and click Edit Profile.
What Are Network Zones?
A network zone represents a computer inside a network or an entire network that is completely isolated from your
computer or, on the contrary, that can detect your computer and connect to it. Practically, a zone is an IP address
or a range of IP addresses that are allowed or denied access to your computer.
By default, Ad-Aware automatically adds zones for specific network configurations. A zone is added by creating
an appropriate network access rule, applicable to an entire network, in the current profile.
There are two types of zones:
Zone Type
Description
Trusted Zone Computers from a trusted zone can connect to your computer and you can connect to them.
All connection attempts coming from such a zone, as well as all connection attempts from your
computer to such a zone are allowed. If a network is added as a trusted zone, you have
unrestricted access to network shares, network printers and other network resources. Also,
network members can connect to your computer and access your shares.
Untrusted
Zone
Computers from an untrusted zone cannot connect to your computer and you cannot connect
to them either.
All connection attempts coming from such a zone, as well as all connection attempts from your
computer to such a zone are blocked. As the ICMP traffic is denied and the Stealth Mode is
enabled, your computer is practically invisible for computers in that zone.
Note
To edit a zone, go to the Zones section. To edit the rule corresponding to a zone, go to the
Traffic section and click Edit Profile.
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Firewall Operation
When rebooting the system after installation, Ad-Aware automatically detects your network configuration, creates
an appropriate basic profile and adds a zone depending on the detected network.
Note
If you connect directly to the Internet, no network zone is created for the corresponding
network configuration. If you are connected to more than one network, zones are added
depending on the respective networks.
Each time the network configuration changes; whether you connect to another network or you disable a network
connection, a new firewall profile is created. At the same time, the network zones are modified accordingly.
When a new firewall profile is created, the old profile is saved, so that it can be reloaded when you go back to its
corresponding network configuration.
Depending on the network configuration, Ad-Aware will configure itself accordingly. This is how the Ad-Aware
Firewall is configured by default:
 If you connect directly to Internet, no matter if you are also connected to other networks, a Direct
Connection profile is created. Otherwise, Ad-Aware creates an untrusted firewall profile.
Note
As a matter of security, trusted profiles are not created by default. To create a trusted profile,
you must reset the existing profile. For more information, please refer to Resetting Profiles.
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Zones are added depending on the network configuration.
Zone Type
Network Configuration
Trusted zone Private IP with no gateway - The computer is part of a local area network (LAN) and
does not connect to the Internet. An example of such situation is a home network created
to allow family members to share files, printers or other resources.
Private IP with Domain Controller detected - The computer is part of a LAN and
connected to a domain. An example of such situation is an office network that allows
users to share files or other resources inside a domain. A domain implies the existence of
a set of policies with which member computers comply.
Untrusted
Open (not secured) wireless - The computer is part of a wireless local area network
zone
(WLAN). An example of such situation is when you access the Internet using a free
access point from a public place.
Note
Zones are not created for some network configurations, such as:
 Public (routable) IP - The computer is directly connected to Internet.
 Private IP with gateway, but no Domain Controller detected - The computer is part of
a LAN, without being part of a domain too, and it connects to Internet through a
gateway. An example of such situation is a school campus network that allows users
to share files or other resources.
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Stealth Mode is enabled.
VPN and Remote connection are allowed.
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Internet Connection Sharing is not allowed for untrusted zones.
Whitelisted applications are automatically allowed access, whereas for the other applications you will be
asked for permission the first time they try to connect.
Firewall Status
To configure the firewall protection, go to Firewall>Status in the Advanced View.
Firewall Status
In this section you can enable/disable the Firewall, block all network/internet traffic and set the default behavior
on new events.
Important
To be protected against Internet attacks keep the Firewall enabled.
To block all network / Internet traffic, click Block Traffic and then Yes to confirm your choice. This will isolate
your computer from any other computer in the network.
To unblock the traffic later, just click
Unblock Traffic.
At the bottom of the section you can see the Ad-Aware statistics regarding incoming and outgoing traffic. The
graph shows the internet traffic volume over the last two minutes.
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Note
The graph appears even if the Firewall is disabled.
Configuring Protection Level
You can choose the protection level that better fits your security needs. Drag the slider along the scale to set the
appropriate protection level.
There are 3 protection levels:
Protection level
Description
Lite Mode
Applies the current rules and allows all traffic attempts that do not match any of the
current rules without prompting. This policy is strongly discouraged, but it might be useful
for network administrators and gamers.
Allow
recommended
Applies the current rules and allows all outgoing connection attempts from programs
which are known to be legitimate (whitelisted) by Ad-Aware without prompting. For the
rest of connection attempts, Ad-Aware will ask for your permission. You can see the
traffic rules as they are created in the Traffic section.
Whitelisted programs are the most commonly used applications worldwide. They include
the most known web browsers, audio & video players, chat and file sharing programs, as
well as server clients and operating system applications. If you want to see which
programs are whitelisted, click Show Whitelist.
Ask
Applies the current rules and consults you about all traffic attempts that do not match any
of the current rules.
Click Default Level to set the default policy (Allow recommended).
Traffic Control
To manage the firewall rules of the current profile, go to Firewall>Traffic in the Advanced View.
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Traffic Control
In this section you can specify which incoming or outgoing connections to permit/deny by creating rules with
specific protocols, ports, applications and/or remote addresses.
The rules can be input automatically (through the alert window) or manually (click the
the parameters for the rule).
Add button and choose
Adding Rules Automatically
With Firewall enabled, Ad-Aware will ask for your permission whenever a connection to the Internet has been
made:
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Firewall Alert
You can see the following: the application that is trying to access the Internet, the path to the application file, the
destination, the protocol used and the port on which the application is trying to connect.
Click Allow to allow all traffic (inbound and outbound) generated by this application from the local host to any
destination, over the respective IP protocol and on all ports. If you click Block, the application will be denied
access to the Internet over the respective IP protocol completely.
Based on your answer, a rule will be created, applied and listed in the table. The next time the application tries to
connect; this rule will be applied by default.
Important
Allow inbound connection attempts only from IPs or domains you are sure to trust.
Adding Rules Manually
Click the
Add rule button and choose the parameters of the rule. The following window will appear:
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Add Rule
To add a new firewall rule, follow these steps:
1. Select the application for which the new firewall rule will be created.
To select an application, click Browse, locate it and click OK.
If you want to create a rule for all applications, just check Apply this rule for all applications.
2. Select the protocol to which the rule will apply.
A list with the most common protocols is available to help you select only specific protocol. Select the desired
protocol (on which the rule applies) from the corresponding drop-down menu or select Any to select all the
protocols.
The following table lists the protocols you can select along with a short description of each:
Protocol
Description
ICMP
Internet Control Message Protocol - is an extension to the Internet Protocol (IP). ICMP
supports packets containing error, control, and informational messages. The PING command,
for example, uses ICMP to test an Internet connection.
TCP
Transmission Control Protocol - TCP enables two hosts to establish a connection and
exchange streams of data. TCP guarantees delivery of data and also guarantees that packets
will be delivered in the same order in which they were sent.
UDP
User Datagram Protocol - UDP is an IP-based transport designed for high performance.
Games and other video-based applications often use UDP.
3. Select the rule action from the corresponding menu.
Action
Description
Allow
The specified application will be allowed network / Internet access under the specified
circumstances.
Deny
The specified application will be denied network / Internet access under the specified
circumstances.
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4. If the previously selected protocol is TCP or UDP, you can specify whether the rule will apply to the application
when it acts as a server or not.
Check Allow other computers to connect to this application to apply the action to all network events.
Implicitly, you will allow or deny this application’s right to open ports.
If you want to apply the action only to traffic for UDP and traffic & connections for TCP respectively, clear the
corresponding check box.
If you want to configure more advanced settings for the rule, click Advanced. A new window will appear:
Advanced Rule Settings
You can configure the following:
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Direction - select the traffic direction.
Type
Description
Outbound
The rule applies only for the outgoing traffic.
Inbound
The rule applies only for incoming traffic.
Both
The rule applies in both directions.
Source Address - specify the source address.
To specify the source address, select the address type from the menu and specify the required data. The
following options are available:
Type
Description
Any
The rule applies to any source address.
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Host
The rule applies only if the source is a specific host. You must type in the IP address
of the host.
Network
The rule applies only if the source is a specific network. You must type in the IP
address and the mask of the network.
Local Host
The rule applies only if the source is the local host. If you use more than one
network interface, select from the menu the network interface to which the rule
applies. If you want the rule to apply to all local hosts, select Any.
Local Network
The rule applies only if the source is the local network. If you are connected to more
than one network, select from the menu the network to which the rule applies. If you
want the rule to apply to all local networks, select Any.
If you have selected TCP or UDP as protocol you can set a specific port or a range between 0 and 65535. If you
want the rule to apply to all ports, select Any.
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Destination Address - specify the destination address.
To specify the destination address, select the address type from the menu and specify the required data. The
following options are available:
Type
Description
Any
The rule applies to any destination address.
Host
The rule applies only if the destination is a specific host. You must type in the IP
address of the host.
Network
The rule applies only if the destination is a specific network. You must type in the IP
address and the mask of the network.
Local Host
The rule applies only if the destination is the local host. If you use more than one
network interface, select from the menu the network interface to which the rule applies.
If you want the rule to apply to all local hosts, select Any.
Local Network
The rule applies only if the destination is the local network. If you are connected to more
than one network, select from the menu the network to which the rule applies. If you
want the rule to apply to all local networks, select Any.
If you have selected TCP or UDP as protocol you can set a specific port or a range between 0 and 65535. If you
want the rule to apply to all ports, select Any.

Network Events - if you have selected TCP or UDP as protocol, choose the network events to which the rule
applies.
Click OK to close the advanced settings window.
Click Add to add the firewall rule.
Managing Rules
You can see the rules created so far for the current profile in the table.
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Select the check box corresponding to Hide system processes to hide the rules regarding the system or the AdAware processes.
Rules are listed by order of priority starting from the top, with the first rule counting as the highest priority. Click
Edit profile to enter the Detailed view display where you can change the priority of the rules by moving them up
and down.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
To modify a rule select it and click the
Delete rule button.
Edit rule button or double-click the rule.
Note
A contextual menu is also available and it contains the following options: Add rule, Delete
rule and Edit rule.
Modifying Profiles
You can modify a profile by clicking Edit profile. The following window will appear:
Detailed View
Rules are divided into 2 sections: inbound rules and outbound rules. You can see the application and the rule
parameters of each rule (source address, destination address, source ports, destination port, action, etc).
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To delete a rule, just select it and click the
Delete rule button. To delete all the rules click the
Clear list
button. To modify a rule, either select it and click the
Edit rule button or double-click it. To temporarily
deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the corresponding check box.
You can increase or decrease the priority of a rule. Click the Move Up In List button to increase the priority of
the selected rule by one level, or click the Move Down In List button to decrease the priority of the selected
rule by one level. To assign a rule the highest priority, click the Move First button. To assign a rule the lowest
priority, click the Move Last button.
Note
A contextual menu is also available and it contains the following options: Add rule, Edit
rule, Delete rule, Move up, Move down, Move first, Move last and Clear list.
Click OK to close the window.
Resetting Profiles
Advanced users may choose to reconfigure the firewall profile in order to optimize the firewall protection or to
customize it according to their needs. To reset the firewall profile, click Reset Profile. The following window will
appear:
Reset Profile
You can configure the following:
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Profile name - type a new name in the edit field.
Rules - specify what type of rules should be created for system applications.
The following options are available:
Action
Description
Auto-detect
Let’s Ad-Aware detect the network configuration and create an appropriate set
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of elementary rules.
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Trusted network
Creates a set of elementary rules appropriate for a trusted network.
Direct Internet connection
Creates a set of elementary rules appropriate for a direct connection to
Internet.
Zones - check Auto-detect to let Ad-Aware create appropriate zones for the detected networks.
Click OK to close the window and reset the profile.
Important
All the rules that you added in this section will be lost if you choose to reconfigure the firewall
profile.
Advanced Settings
To configure the advanced settings of the Ad-Aware firewall go to Firewall>Advanced in the Advanced View.
Advanced Settings
In this section you can configure the advanced settings of the Ad-Aware firewall. The advanced settings allow you
to specify the filtering rules for the ICMP traffic (ICMP Settings) and to block multicast traffic, to share your
Internet connection or make your computer invisible to malicious software and hackers (Settings).
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Configuring ICMP Filtering Settings
From the menu, you can select one of the following policies to filter the ICMP traffic:
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Allow all ICMP traffic - allows all the ICMP traffic
Block all ICMP traffic - blocks all the ICMP traffic
Custom ICMP filtering - customizes the way ICMP traffic is filtered. You will be able to choose what types of
ICMP packages to allow
The following options are available:
Option
Description
Echo
This option enables the Echo Reply and Echo Request messages. The Echo Request is an
ICMP message which sends a packet of data to the host and expects that data to be sent
in return in a Echo Reply. The host must respond to all Echo Requests with an Echo Reply
containing the exact data received in the request message. The Echo Reply is an ICMP
message generated in response to an ICMP Echo Request message, and is mandatory
for all hosts and routers.
Redirect
This is an ICMP message which informs a host to redirect its routing information (to send
packets on an Redirect alternate route). If the host tries to send data through a router (R1)
and then another router (R2) to reach the host, and a direct path from the host to R2 is
available, the redirect will inform the host of such a route. The router will still send the
original datagram to the intended destination. However, if the datagram contains routing
information, this message will not be sent even if a better route is available.
Destination
unreachable
This is an ICMP message which is generated by the router to inform the client that the
destination host is unreachable, unless the datagram has a multicast address. Reasons for
this message may include the physical connection to the host does not exist (distance is
infinite), the indicated protocol or port is not active, or the data must be fragmented but the
'don't fragment' flag is on.
Any other
package type
With this option enabled any other package than Echo, Destination unreachable or
Redirect will pass.
Configuring Advanced Firewall Settings
The following advanced firewall settings are available:

Block all multicast traffic - drops any multicast package received. Multicast traffic is the kind of traffic
addressing a special group in a network. Packages are sent to a special address from where the multicast
client can receive them if he agrees to.
For example, a member of a network who owns a TV-tuner may broadcast (send to each network member) or
multicast (send to a special address) the video stream. The computers that listen the multicast address can
accept or reject the package. If accepted, the video stream can be watched by the multicast clients.
Excessive amounts of multicast traffic consume bandwidth and resources. With this option enabled, any
multicast package received will be dropped. However, it is not recommended to select this option.
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Enable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) support - enables support for Internet Connection Sharing
(ICS).
Note
This option does not automatically enable ICS on your system, but only allows this type of
connection in case you enable it from your operating system.
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) enables members of local area networks to connect to the Internet through
your computer. This is useful when you benefit from a special/particular Internet connection (e.g. wireless
connection) and you want to share it with other members of your network.
Sharing your Internet connection with members of local area networks leads to a higher resource consumption
level and may involve a certain risk. It also takes off some of your ports (those opened by the members who are
using your Internet connection).

Stealth Mode - makes your computer invisible to malicious software and hackers. A simple way of finding out
whether your computer might be vulnerable is to connect to ports to see if there is any response. This is called
a port scan.
Malicious individuals or software programs need not find out that your computer even exists, let alone provides
services to the network. The Stealth Mode option will stop your machine from responding to attempts to find out
which ports are open, or where exactly it is.

Monitor changes in program files that match firewall rules - checks each application attempting to
connect to the Internet to see if it has been changed since the rule controlling its access was added. If the
application has been changed, an alert will prompt you to allow or to block the access of the application to the
Internet.
Usually, applications are changed by updates. But, there is a risk that they might be changed by malware
applications, with the purpose of infecting your computer and other computers in the network.
Note
We recommend you to keep this option selected and to allow access only to those
applications that you expect to have changed after the rule controlling their access was
created.
Signed applications are supposed to be trusted and have a higher degree of security. You can check Ignore
changes for signed processes in order to allow changed signed applications to connect to the Internet without
your receiving an alert about this event.
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Enable Wi-Fi notifications - enables the Wi-Fi notifications.
Apply the same (generic) profile to all new networks - creates a default (generic) firewall profile, named
Generic Network, and applies it whenever a new network configuration is detected. If you go back to an old
network configuration for which a firewall profile exists, the respective firewall profile is loaded instead of the
generic profile.
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Connection Control
To monitor the current network / Internet activity (over TCP and UDP) sorted by application and to open the AdAware Firewall log, go to Firewall>Activity in the Advanced View.
Connection Control
You can see the total traffic sorted by application. For each application, you can see the connections and the
open ports, as well as statistics regarding the outgoing & incoming traffic speed and the total amount of data sent
/ received.
The window presents the current network / Internet activity in real-time. As connections or ports are closed, you
can see that the corresponding statistics are dimmed and that, eventually, they disappear. The same thing
happens to all statistics corresponding to an application which generates traffic or has open ports and which you
close.
Click Block to create rules that restrict traffic by the selected application, port or connection. You will be
requested to confirm your choice. The rules can be accessed in the Traffic section for further fine-tuning.
Note
To block an application, port or connection, you can also right -click it and select Block.
Click Kill to end all instances of a selected process. You will be requested to confirm your choice.
Note
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To kill a process, you can also right-click it and select Kill.
Click Export Snapshot to export the list to a .txt file.
For a comprehensive list of events regarding the Firewall module usage (starting/stopping firewall, traffic blocking,
enabling Stealth Mode, modifying settings, applying a profile) or generated by the activities detected by it
(scanning ports, blocking connection attempts or traffic according to the rules) check the Ad-Aware Firewall log
file that can be viewed by clicking Show Log. The file is located in the Common Files folder of the current
Windows user, under the path: ...Ad-Aware\Ad-AwareFirewall\bdfirewall.txt.
Network Zones
A zone is an IP address or a range of IP addresses for which a special rule is created inside a profile. The rule
can either allow network members unrestricted access to your computer (trusted zones) or, on the contrary,
completely isolate your computer from network computers (untrusted zone).
By default, Ad-Aware automatically detects the network you are connected to and adds a zone depending on the
network configuration.
Note
If you are connected to several networks, depending on their configuration, more than one
zone may be added. Trusted zones are added by default for the following network
configurations:
 Private IP with no gateway - The computer is part of a local area network (LAN) and it
does not connect to the Internet.
 Private IP with Domain Controller detected - The computer is part of a LAN and
connected to a domain.
Untrusted zones are added by default for the following network configurations:

Open (not secured) wireless - The computer is part of a wireless local area network (WLAN).
To manage the network zones go to Firewall>Zones in the Advanced View.
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Network Zones
You can see the network zones corresponding to the current profile listed in the table. For each zone you can see
the network type (Ethernet, wireless, PPP and so on), the computer or the network associated to that zone and
whether the zone is trusted or untrusted.
To modify a zone, select it and click the
Edit Zone button or double-click it.
Note
By default, Ad-Aware adds open wireless networks as untrusted zones. If you are connected
to an ad-hoc open wireless network with trusted computers (at home or with a couple of
friends), you might want to edit the associated zone. In order to be able to share resources
with the other network members, you must set the network as a trusted zone.
To delete a zone, select it and click the
Delete Zone button.
Adding Zones
You can add zones manually. This allows you, for example, to share files only with your friends inside an open
wireless network (by adding their computers as trusted zones), or to block a computer from a trusted network (by
adding it as an untrusted zone).
To add a new zone, click the
Add Zone button. The following window will appear:
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Add Zone
To add a zone, follow these steps:
1. Specify a computer from a local network or an entire local network that you want to be added as a zone. You
can use one of the following methods:
 To add a specific computer, select Computer and provide its IP address.
 To add a specific network, select Network and provide its IP address and mask.
 Browse the local networks to find and add a computer or a network.
To browse the local networks, select Browse local network and then click Browse. A new window will
appear where you can see all the networks you are connected to as well as all members of each network.
Select from the list the computer or the network that you want to be added as a zone and click OK
2. Select from the menu what kind of zone you want to create (trusted or untrusted).
3. Click OK to add the zone.
Anti-spam
Ad-Aware Anti-spam employs remarkable technological innovations and industry standard Anti-spam filters to
weed out spam before it reaches the user's Inbox.
The Anti-spam section of this user guide contains the following topics:
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Anti-spam Insights
Anti-spam Status
Anti-spam Settings
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Anti-spam Insights
Spam is a growing problem, both for individuals and for organizations. It's not pretty, you wouldn't want your kids
to see it, it can get you fired (for wasting too much time or from receiving porn in your office mail) and you can't
stop people from sending it. The next best thing to that is, obviously, to stop receiving it. Unfortunately, Spam
comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and there's a lot of it.
Anti-spam Filters
The Ad-Aware Anti-spam Engine incorporates several different filters that ensure your Inbox to be SPAM-free:
Friends list, Spammers list, Charset filter, Image filter, URL filter, NeuNet (Heuristic) filter and Bayesian filter.
Note
You can enable / disable each one of these filters in the Settings section from the Anti-spam
module.
Friends List / Spammers List
Most people communicate regularly to a group of people or even receive messages from companies or
organizations in the same domain. By using friends or spammers list, you can easily classify which people you
want to receive e-mail from (friends) no matter what the message contains, or which people you never want to
hear from again (spammers).
The Friends / Spammers lists can be managed from the Advanced View or from the Anti-spam toolbar integrated
into some of the most commonly used mail clients.
Note
We recommend that you add your friends' names and e-mail addresses to the Friends list.
Ad-Aware does not block messages from those on the list; therefore, adding friends helps
ensure that legitimate messages get through.
Charset Filter
Many spam messages are written in Cyrillic and / or Asian charsets. The Charset Filter detects this kind of
messages and tags them as SPAM.
Image Filter
Since avoiding heuristic filter detection has become quite a challenge, nowadays' inbox folders are full with more
and more messages only containing an image with unsolicited content. To cope with this growing problem, Ad113
Aware introduced the Image filter that compares the image signature from the e-mail with those from the AdAware database. In case of a match the e-mail will be tagged as SPAM.
URL Filter
Almost all spam messages include links to various web locations. These locations usually contain more
advertising and the possibility to buy things, and, sometimes, they are used for phishing. Ad-Aware maintains a
database of such links. The URL filter checks every URL link in a message against its database. If a match is
made, the message is tagged as SPAM.
NeuNet (Heuristic) Filter
The NeuNet (Heuristic) filter performs a set of tests on all the message components,(i.e. not only the header but
also the message body in either HTML or text format), looking for words, phrases, links or other characteristics of
SPAM. Based on the results of the analysis, it adds a SPAM score to the message.
The filter also detects messages marked as SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT: in the subject line and tags them as SPAM.
Note
Starting May 19, 2004, spam that contains sexually oriented material must include the
warning SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT: in the subject line or face fines for violations of federal law.
Bayesian Filter
The Bayesian filter module classifies messages according to statistical information regarding the rate at which
specific words appear in messages classified SPAM as compared to those declared NON-SPAM (by you or by
the heuristic filter). This means, for example, if a certain four-letter word is seen to appear more often in SPAM, it
is natural to assume there is an increased probability that the next incoming message that includes it actually IS
SPAM. All relevant words within a message are taken into account. By synthesizing the statistical information, the
overall probability for the whole message to be SPAM is computed.
This module presents another interesting characteristic: it is trainable. It adapts quickly to the type of messages
received by a certain user, and stores information about all. To function effectively, the filter must be trained,
meaning, to be presented with samples of SPAM and legitimate messages, much like a hound is primed to trace
a certain scent. Sometimes the filter must be corrected too - prompted to adjust when it makes a wrong decision.
Important
You can correct the Bayesian filter using the
the Anti-spam toolbar.
Is Spam and
Not Spam buttons from
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Anti-spam Operation
The Ad-Aware Anti-spam Engine uses all Anti-spam filters combined to determine whether a certain e-mail
message should get into your Inbox or not.
Important
The spam messages detected by Ad-Aware are marked with the [spam] prefix in the subject
line. Ad-Aware automatically moves spam messages to a specific folder, as follows:
 In Microsoft Outlook, spam messages are moved to a Spam folder, located in the
Deleted Items folder.
 In Outlook Express and Windows Mail, spam messages are moved directly to Deleted
Items.
If you use other mail clients, you must create a rule to move the e-mail messages
marked as [spam] by Ad-Aware to a custom quarantine folder.
Every e-mail that comes from the Internet is first checked with the Friends list/Spammers list filter. If the sender's
address is found in the Friends list the e-mail is moved directly to your Inbox.
Otherwise the Spammers list filter will take over the e-mail to verify if the sender's address is on its list. The e-mail
will be tagged as SPAM and moved in the Spam folder (located in Microsoft Outlook) if a match has been made.
Else, the Charset filter will check if the e-mail is written in Cyrillic or Asian characters. If so the e-mail will be
tagged as SPAM and moved in the Spam folder.
If the e-mail is not written in Asian or Cyrillic it will be passed to the Image filter. The Image filter will detect all the
e-mail messages containing attached images with spam content.
The URL filter will look for links and it will compare the links found with the links from the Ad-Aware database. In
case of a match it will add a SPAM score to the e-mail.
The NeuNet (Heuristic) filter will take over the e-mail and will perform a set of tests on all the message
components, looking for words, phrases, links or other characteristics of SPAM. The result is that it will add a
Spam score to the e-mail, too.
Note
If the e-mail is tagged as SEXUALLY EXPLICIT in the subject line, Ad-Aware will consider it
SPAM.
The Bayesian filter module will further analyze the message, according to statistical information regarding the rate
at which specific words appear in messages classified SPAM as compared to those declared NON-SPAM (by you
or by the heuristic filter). A Spam score will be added to the e-mail.
If the aggregate score (URL score + heuristic score + Bayesian score) exceeds the SPAM score for a message
(set by the user in the Status section as a tolerance level), the message is considered SPAM.
Anti-spam Updates
Every time you perform an update:
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new image signatures will be added to the Image filter
new links will be added to the URL filter
new rules will be added to the NeuNet (Heuristic) filter
This will help increase the effectiveness of your Anti-spam engine.
To protect you against spammers, Ad-Aware can perform automatic updates. Keep the Automatic Update option
enabled.
Anti-spam Status
To configure the Anti-spam protection go to Anti-spam>Status in the Advanced View.
Anti-spam Status
In this section you can configure the Anti-spam module and you can view information regarding its activity.
Important
To prevent spam from entering your Inbox, keep the Anti-spam filter enabled.
In the Statistics section you can view the results of the Anti-spam activity presented per session (since you
started your computer) or a summary (since the installation of the Ad-Aware).
In order to configure the Anti-spam module it is necessary to proceed as follows:
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Step 1/2 - Set Tolerance Level
You can choose the protection level that better fits your security needs. Drag the slider along the scale to set the
appropriate protection level.
There are 5 tolerance levels:
Tolerance level
Description
Permissive
Offers protection for accounts that receive a lot of legitimate commercial mail.
The filter will let most e-mail pass through, but it may produce false negatives (spam
classified as legitimate mail).
Permissive to
Moderate
Offers protection for accounts that receive some legitimate commercial mail.
Moderate
Offers protection for regular accounts.
The filter will let most e-mail pass through, but it may produce false negatives (spam
classified as legitimate mail).
The filter will block most spam, while avoiding false positives.
Moderate to
Aggressive
Offers protection for accounts that receive high volumes of spam regularly.
Aggressive
Offers protection for accounts that receive very high volumes of spam regularly.
The filter will let very little spam through, but it may produce false positives (legitimate
mail incorrectly tagged as spam).
Configure the Friends/Spammers Lists and train the Learning Engine (Bayesian) in
order to reduce the number of false positives.
The filter will let very little spam through, but it may produce false positives (legitimate
mail incorrectly tagged as spam).
Add your contacts to the Friends List in order to reduce the number of false positives.
To set the default protection level (Moderate to Aggressive) click Default Level.
Step 2/2 - Fill in the Lists of Addresses
The lists of addresses contain information about e-mail addresses that send you legitimate e-mail messages or
spam.
Friends List
The Friends list is a list of all the e-mail addresses from which you always want to receive messages, regardless
of their content. Messages from your friends are not labeled as spam, even if the content resembles spam.
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Note
Any mail coming from an address contained in the Friends list, will automatically be
delivered to your Inbox without further processing.
To configure the Friends list, click
toolbar).
Manage Friends (or click the
Friends button from the Anti-spam
Friends List
Here you can add or remove entries from the Friends list.
If you want to add an e-mail address check the Email address option, type in the address and click
address will appear in the Friends list.
The
Important
Syntax: [email protected]
If you want to add a domain check the Domain name option, type in the domain and click. The domain will
appear in the Friends list.
Important
Syntax:
 @domain.com, *domain.com and domain.com - all the received e-mail messages from
domain.com will reach your Inbox regardless of their content;
 *domain* - all the received e-mail messages from domain (no matter the domain
suffixes) will reach your Inbox regardless of their content;
 *com - all the received e-mail messages having the domain suffix com will reach your
Inbox regardless of their content;
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To delete an item from the list, select it and click Remove button. If you click
all entries from the list, but notice: it is impossible to recover them.
Clear list button you will delete
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Use the Save /
extension.
Load buttons to save / load the Friends list to a desired location. The file will have .bwl
To reset the content of the current list when you load a previously saved list select When load, empty current
list.
Note
We recommend that you add your friends' names and e-mail addresses to the Friends list.
Ad-Aware does not block messages from those on the list; therefore, adding friends helps
ensure that legitimate messages get through.
Click Apply and OK to save and close the Friends list.
Spammers List
The Spammers list is a list of all the e-mail addresses from which you don't want to receive messages,
regardless of their content.
Note
Any e-mail message received from an address contained in the Spammers list will be
automatically marked as SPAM, without further processing.
To configure the Spammers list, click Manage Spammers
spam toolbar).
(or click the
Spammers button from the Anti-
Spammers List
Here you can add or remove entries from the Spammers list.
If you want to add an e-mail address check the Email address option, type in the address and click
address will appear in the Spammers list.
. The
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Important
Syntax: [email protected]
If you want to add a domain check the Domain name option, type in the domain and click
appear in the Spammers list.
. The domain will
Important
Syntax:
● @domain.com, *domain.com and domain.com - all the received e-mail messages from
domain.com will be tagged as SPAM;
● *domain* - all the received e-mail messages from domain (no matter the domain suffixes)
will be tagged as SPAM;
● *com - all the received e-mail messages having the domain suffix com will be tagged as
SPAM.
Warning
Do not add domains of legitimate web-based e-mail services (such as Yahoo, Gmail,
Hotmail or other) to the Spammers list. Otherwise, the e-mail messages received from any
registered user of such a service will be detected as spam. If, for example, you add
yahoo.com to the Spammers list, all e-mail messages coming from yahoo.com addresses will
be marked as [spam].
To delete an item from the list, select it and click Remove button. If you click
delete all entries from the list, but notice: it is impossible to recover them.
Use the Save /
extension.
Clear list button you will
Load buttons to save / load the Spammers list to a desired location. The file will have .bwl
To reset the content of the current list when you load a previously saved list select When load, empty current
list.
Click Apply and OK to save and close the Spammers list.
Important
If you want to reinstall Ad-Aware it's a good idea to save the Friends / Spammers lists
before, and after the reinstallation process is over you may load them.
Anti-spam Settings
To configure the Anti-spam settings and filters go to Anti-spam>Settings in the Advanced View.
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Anti-spam Settings
Here you can enable/disable each one of the Anti-spam filters and you can specify some other settings regarding
the Anti-spam module.
Three categories of options are available (Anti-spam settings, Basic Anti-spam filters and Advanced Antispam filters) organized like an expandable menu, similar to those from Windows.
Note
Click the box labeled "+" to open a category or click the one labeled " -" to close it.
Anti-spam Settings
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Mark spam messages in subject - all e-mail messages considered to be spam will be tagged with SPAM in
the subject line.
Mark phishing messages in subject - all e-mail messages considered to be phishing messages will be
tagged with SPAM in the subject line.
Basic Anti-spam Filters
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Friends/Spammers lists - filter e-mail messages using the Friends/Spammers lists.
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Automatically add recipients to Friends list - automatically add recipients of sent mail to Friends
list.
Automatically add to Friends list - when you click the
Not Spam button from the Anti-spam
toolbar, the sender of the selected e-mail is automatically added to the Friends list.
Automatically add to Spammers list - when you click the
Is Spam button from the Anti-spam
toolbar, the sender of the selected e-mail is automatically added to the Spammers list.
Note
The
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
Not Spam and the
Is Spam buttons are used to train the Bayesian filter.
Block mails written in Asian characters - blocks messages written in Asian charsets.
Block mails written in Cyrillic characters - blocks messages written in Cyrillic charsets.
Advanced Anti-spam Filters

Enable the Learning Engine (bayesian) - activates/deactivates the Learning Engine (bayesian).
 Limit the dictionary size to 200000 words - sets the size of the Bayesian
dictionary - smaller is faster, bigger is more accurate.
Note
The recommended size is: 200.000 words.
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Train the Learning Engine (bayesian) on outgoing e-mails - trains the
Learning Engine (bayesian) on outgoing e-mails.
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URL filter - activates/deactivates the URL filter.
NeuNet(Heuristic) filter - activates/deactivates the NeuNet(Heuristic) filter.
 Block explicit content - activates/deactivates the detection of messages
with SEXUALLY EXPLICIT in the subject line.

Image filter - activates/deactivates the Image filter.
Note
To enable/disable an option select/clear the checkbox corresponding to it.
Click Apply to save the changes or click Default Level to load the default settings.
Privacy Control
Ad-Aware monitors dozens of potential “hotspots” in your system where spyware might act, and also checks any
changes made to your system and software. It is effective in blocking Trojan horses and other tools installed by
hackers, who try to compromise your privacy and send your personal information, like credit card numbers,
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from your computer to the hacker.
Ad-Aware also scans the web sites you visit and alerts you if any phishing threat is detected.
The Privacy Control section of this user guide contains the following topics:
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Privacy Control Status
Advanced Settings - Identity Control
Advanced Settings - Registry Control
Advanced Settings - Cookie Control
Advanced Settings - Script Control
System Information
Privacy Control Status
To configure the Privacy Control and to view information regarding its activity go to Privacy Control>Status in
the Advanced View.
Privacy Control Status
Privacy Control
You can see whether Privacy Control is enabled or disabled. If you want to change the Privacy Control status,
clear or select the corresponding check box.
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Important
To prevent data theft and protect your privacy keep the Privacy Control enabled.
The Privacy Control protects your computer using these important protection controls:
 Identity Control - protects your confidential data by filtering all outgoing HTTP and SMTP traffic according
to the rules you create in the Identity section.
 Registry Control - asks for your permission whenever a program tries to modify a registry entry in order to
be executed at Windows start-up.
 Cookie Control - asks for your permission whenever a new website tries to set a cookie.
 Script Control - asks for your permission whenever a website tries to activate a script or other active
content.
To configure the settings for these controls click
Advanced Settings.
At the bottom of the section you can see the Privacy Control statistics.
Configuring Protection Level
You can choose the protection level that better fits your security needs. Drag the slider along the scale to set the
appropriate protection level.
There are 3 protection levels:
Protection level
Description
Aggressive
All the components of the Privacy Control are enabled. You must configure
appropriate Identity Control rules to prevent the unauthorized sending of confidential
information.
Default
Registry control and Identity Control are enabled. You must configure appropriate
Identity Control rules to prevent the unauthorized sending of confidential information.
Permissive
Only Registry control is enabled.
You can customize the protection level by clicking Custom level. In the window that will appear, select the
protection controls you want to enable and click OK.
Click Default Level to position the slider at the default level.
Anti-phishing Protection
Phishing is a criminal activity on the Internet that uses social engineering techniques in order to trick people into
giving away private information.
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Most of the times, phishing attempts come down to sending mass e-mail messages which falsely claim to come
from an established, legitimate enterprise. These spoofed messages are sent in the hope that at least a few of the
receivers that match the profile of the phishing target will be persuaded to divulge private information.
A phishing message usually presents an issue related to your online account. It tries to convince you to click a link
provided within the message to access a supposedly legitimate web site (in fact, a forged one) where private
information is requested. You may be asked, for example, to confirm account information, such as username and
password, and to provide your bank account or social security number. Sometimes, to be more convincing, the
message may pretend that your account has already been or is threatened to be suspended if you do not use the
link provided.
Phishing also makes use of spyware, such as Trojan key loggers, to steal account information directly from your
computer.
The main phishing targets are customers of online payment services, such as eBay and PayPal, as well as banks
that offer online services. Recently, users of social networking websites have also been targeted by phishing in
order to obtain personal identification data used for identity theft.
To be protected against phishing attempts when you are surfing the Internet, keep Anti-phishing enabled. In this
way, Ad-Aware will scan each web site before you access it and it will alert you of the existence of any phishing
threat. A White List of web sites that will not be scanned by Ad-Aware can be configured.
In order to easily manage anti-phishing protection and the White List, use the Ad-Aware Anti-phishing toolbar
integrated into Internet Explorer. For more information, please refer to Anti-phishing Toolbar.
If you do not want to use the Ad-Aware Anti-phishing toolbar, you can clear the Show Anti-phishing Toolbar
check box. You will still be alerted when you try to access web sites that may be set up to steal personal
information.
Advanced Settings - Identity Control
Keeping confidential data safe is an important issue that bothers us all. Data theft has kept pace with the
development of Internet communications and it makes use of new methods of fooling people into giving away
private information.
Whether it is your e-mail or your credit card number, when they fall into the wrong hands such information may
cause you damage: you may find yourself drowning in spam messages or you might be surprised to access an
emptied account.
Identity Control protects you against the theft of sensitive data when you are online. Based on the rules you
create, Identity Control scans the web, e-mail and instant messaging traffic leaving your computer for specific
character strings (for example, your credit card number). If there is a match, the respective web page, e-mail or
instant message is blocked.
You can create rules to protect any piece of information you might consider personal or confidential, from your
phone number or e-mail address to your bank account information. Multiuser support is provided so that users
logging on to different Windows user accounts can configure and use their own identity protection rules. The rules
you create are applied and can be accessed only when you are logged on to your Windows user account.
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The privacy rules can be configured in the Identity section. To access this section, open the Advanced Privacy
Control Settings window and click the Identity tab.
Note
To open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window, click Privacy Control>Status in
the Advanced View and click
Advanced Settings.
Identity Control
If you want to use Identity Control, follow these steps:
1. Select the Enable Identity protection check box.
2. Create rules to protect your sensitive data. For more information, please refer to Creating Identity Rules.
3. If needed, define specific exceptions to the rules you have created. For more information, please refer to
Defining Exceptions.
Creating Identity Rules
To create an identity protection rule, click the
Add button and follow the configuration wizard.
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Step 1/4 - Welcome Window
Welcome Window
Click Next.
Step 2/4 - Set Rule Type and Data
Set Rule Type and Data
You must set the following parameters:
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Rule Name - type the name of the rule in this edit field.
Rule Type - choose the rule type (address, name, credit card, PIN, SSN etc).
Rule Data - type the data you want to protect in this edit field. For example, if you want to protect your
credit card number, type all or part of it here.
Note
If you enter less than three characters, you will be prompted to validate the data. We
recommend you to enter at least three characters in order to avoid the mistaken blocking of
messages and web pages.
All of the data you enter is encrypted. For extra safety, do not enter all of the data you wish to protect.
Click Next.
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Step 3/4 - Select Traffic
Select Traffic
Select the type of traffic you want Ad-Aware to scan. The following options are available:
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Filter web (HTTP) traffic - scans the web (HTTP) traffic and blocks the outgoing data that matches the rule
data.
Filter e-mail (SMTP) traffic - scans the e-mail (SMTP) traffic and blocks the outgoing e-mail messages that
contain the rule data.
You can choose to apply the rule only if the rule data matches whole words or if the rule data and the detected
string case match.
Click Next.
Step 4/4 - Describe Rule
Describe Rule
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Enter a short description of the rule in the edit field. Since the blocked data (character string) is not displayed in
plain text when accessing the rule, the description should help you easily identify it.
Click Finish.
Defining Exceptions
There are cases when you need to define exceptions to specific identity rules. Let's consider the case when you
create a rule that prevents your credit card number from being sent over HTTP (web). Whenever your credit card
number is submitted on a website from your user account, the respective page is blocked. If you want, for
example, to buy footwear from an online shop (which you know to be secure), you will have to specify an
exception to the respective rule.
To open the window where you can manage exceptions, click Exceptions.
Exceptions
To add an exception, follow these steps:
1. Click Add to add a new entry in the table.
2. Double-click Specify allowed address and provide the web address or the mail address that you want to add
as exception.
3. Double-click Choose type and choose from the menu the option corresponding to the type of address
previously provided.
 if you have specified a web address, select HTTP.
 if you have specified an e-mail address, select SMTP.
To remove an exception from the list, select it and click Remove.
Click OK to save the changes.
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Managing Rules
You can see the rules listed in the table.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
clear the corresponding checkbox.
To edit a rule select it and click the
Delete button. To temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it,
Edit button or double-click it. A new window will appear.
Here you can change the name, description and parameters of the rule (type, data and traffic). Click OK to save
the changes.
Edit Rule
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Advanced Settings - Registry Control
A very important part of the Windows operating system is called the Registry. This is where Windows keeps its
settings, installed programs, user information and so on.
The Registry is also used to define which programs should be launched automatically when Windows is started.
Viruses often use this in order to be automatically launched when the user restarts his computer.
Registry Control keeps an eye on the Windows Registry - this is again useful for detecting Trojan horses. It will
alert you whenever a program will try to modify a registry entry in order to be executed at Windows start-up.
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You can deny this modification by clicking No or you can allow it by clicking Yes.
If you want Ad-Aware to remember your answer, check Always apply this action to this program. In this way, a
rule will be created and the same action will be applied whenever this program tries to modify a registry entry in
order to be executed at Windows start-up.
Registry Alert
Note
Ad-Aware will usually alert you when you install new programs that need to run after the next
startup of your computer. In most cases, these programs are legitimate and can be trusted
Every rule that has been remembered can be accessed in the Registry section for further fine-tuning. To access
this section, open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window and click the Registry tab.
Note
To open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window, click Privacy Control>Status in
the Advanced View and click
Advanced Settings.
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Registry Control
You can see the rules created so far listed in the table.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
the corresponding check box.
Delete button. To temporarily disable a rule without deleting it, clear
To change the action of a rule, double-click the action field and select the appropriate option from the menu.
Click OK to close the window.
Advanced Settings - Cookie Control
Cookies are a very common occurrence on the Internet. They are small files stored on your computer. Websites
create these cookies in order to keep track of specific information about you.
Cookies are generally made to make your life easier. For example they can help the website remember your
name and preferences, so that you don't have to enter them on every visit.
But cookies can also be used to compromise your privacy, by tracking your surfing patterns.
This is where Cookie Control helps. When enabled, Cookie Control will ask for your permission whenever a
new website tries to set a cookie:
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Cookie Alert
You can see the name of the application that is trying to send the cookie file.
Check Remember this answer option and click Yes or No and a rule will be created, applied and listed in the
rules table. You will no longer be notified the next time when you connect to the same site.
This will help you to choose which websites you trust and which you don't.
Note
Because of the great number of cookies used on the Internet today, Cookie Control can be
quite bothersome to begin with. At first, it will ask a lot of questions about sites trying to place
cookies on your computer. As soon as you add your regular sites to the rule-list, surfing will
become as easy as before.
Every rule that has been remembered can be accessed in the Cookie section for further fine-tuning. To access
this section, open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window and click the Cookie tab.
Note
To open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window, click Privacy Control>Status in
the Advanced View and click
Advanced Settings.
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Cookie Control
You can see the rules created so far listed in the table.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
Delete button. To modify a parameter of a rule just double click its
field and make the desired modification. To temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the
corresponding checkbox.
The rules can be input automatically (through the alert window) or manually (click the
the parameters for the rule). The configuration wizard will appear.
Add button and choose
Configuration Wizard
The configuration wizard is a 1 step procedure.
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Step 1/1 - Select Address, Action and Direction
Select Address, Action and Direction
You can set the parameters:
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Domain address - type in the domain on which the rule should apply.
Action - select the action of the rule.
Action
Description
Permit
The cookie on that domain will execute.
Deny
The cookie on that domain will not execute.
Direction - select the traffic direction.
Type
Description
Outgoing
The rule applies only for the cookies that are sent out back
to the connected site.
Incoming
The rule applies only for the cookies that are received from
the connected site.
Both
The rule applies in both directions.
Click Finish.
Note
You can accept cookies but never return them by setting the action to Deny and the direction
to Outgoing.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
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Advanced Settings - Script Control
Scripts and other codes such as ActiveX controls and Java applets, which are used to create interactive web
pages, can be programmed to have harmful effects. ActiveX elements, for example, can gain total access to your
data and they can read data from your computer, delete information, capture passwords and intercept messages
while you're online. You should only accept active content from sites you fully know and trust.
Ad-Aware lets you choose to run these elements or to block their execution.
With Script Control you will be in charge of which websites you trust and which you don't. Ad-Aware will ask you
for permission whenever a website tries to activate a script or other active content:
Script Alert
You can see the name of the resource.
Check Remember this answer option and click Yes or No and a rule will be created, applied and listed in the
rules table. You will no longer be notified when the same site tries to send you active content.
Every rule that has been remembered can be accessed in the Script section for further fine-tuning. To access this
section, open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window and click the Script tab.
Note
To open the Advanced Privacy Control Settings window, click Privacy Control>Status in
the Advanced View and click
Advanced Settings.
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Script Control
You can see the rules created so far listed in the table.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
Delete button. To modify a parameter of a rule just double click its
field and make the desired modification. To temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the
corresponding checkbox.
The rules can be input automatically (through the alert window) or manually (click the
the parameters for the rule). The configuration wizard will appear.
Add button and choose
Configuration Wizard
The configuration wizard is a 1 step procedure.
Step 1/1 - Select Address and Action
Select Address and Action
You can set the parameters:
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Domain address - type in the domain on which the rule should apply.
Action - select the action of the rule.
Action
Permit
Deny
Description
The scripts on that domain will execute.
The scripts on that domain will not execute.
Click Finish.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
System Information
Ad-Aware allows you to view, from a single location, all system settings and the applications registered to run at
startup. In this way, you can monitor the activity of the system and of the applications installed on it as well as
identify possible system infections.
To obtain system information go to Privacy Control>System Info in the Advanced View.
System Information
The list contains all the items loaded when starting the system as well as the items loaded by different
applications.
Depending on the selected item, four buttons may be available:
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Remove - deletes the selected item. You must click Yes to confirm your choice
Note
If you do not want to be prompted again to confirm your choice during the current session,
check Don't ask me again this session.
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Restore - changes a current file association to default. Available for the File Associations settings only
Go to - opens a window where the selected item is placed (the Registry for example)
Refresh - re-opens the System Info section
User Control
The User Control can block access to:
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inappropriate web pages
the Internet, for certain periods of time (such as when it's time for lessons)
web pages and e-mail messages if they contain certain keywords
applications like games, chat, file sharing programs or others
The User Control section of this user guide contains the following topics:
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•User Control Status
•Web Control
•Applications Control
•Keyword Filtering
•Web Time Limiter
User Control Status
To configure the User Control for a selected user go to User Control>Status in the Advanced View.
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User Control Status
You can configure User Control separately for each Windows user account. To enable User Control for a specific
user account, select that user account from the menu and then select the corresponding check box.
Selecting Protection Controls
In order to configure the protection level you must first select the user you want these settings to apply to. Then
configure the protection level using the following controls:
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Web Control - to filter web navigation according to the rules set by you in the Web section
Applications Control - to block access to the applications specified by you in the Applications section
Web Time Limiter - to allow web access according to the timetable set by you in the Time Limiter section
Web Access - to block access to all websites (not just the ones in the Web section)
Keyword Filtering - to filter web and mail access according to the rules set by you in the Keywords
section
Heuristic web filter - to filter web access according to pre-established rules
Note
In order to fully benefit from the features offered by the User Control, you must configure the
selected controls. To learn how to configure them, please refer to the following topics in this
chapter.
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Configuring Heuristic Web Filtering
The heuristic web filter analyzes web pages and blocks those that match the patterns of potentially inappropriate
content.
In order to filter web access according to a predefined rule set, you must set a specific tolerance level. Drag the
slider along the scale to set the tolerance level you consider appropriate for the selected user.
There are 3 tolerance levels:
Tolerance level
Description
Low
Highly restrictive! Web pages with potentially harmful content (porn, sexuality, drugs,
hacking etc) are blocked.
Medium
Restrictive! Web pages with sexual, pornographic or adult content are blocked.
High
Offers unrestricted access to all web pages regardless of their content.
Click Default Level to set the slider at default level.
Web Control
The Web Control helps you to block access to web sites with inappropriate content. A list of candidates for
blocking both sites and parts thereof is provided and updated by Ad-Aware, as part of the regular update process.
To configure the Web Control go to User Control>Web in the Advanced View.
Web Control
To enable this protection select the checkbox corresponding to Enable Web Control.
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Select Allow access to these pages/Block access to these pages to see the list of allowed/blocked sites. Click
Exceptions... to access a window where you can see the complementary list.
The rules must be input manually. First of all, select Allow access to these pages/Block access to these
pages to permit/block access to the web sites that you will specify in the wizard. Then, click the
Add... button
to start the configuration wizard.
Configuration Wizard
The configuration wizard is a 1 step procedure.
Step 1/1 - Specify Websites
Specify Websites
Type in the web site for which the rule will be applied and click Finish.
Important
Syntax:
 *.xxx.com - the action of the rule will apply on all web sites finished with .xxx.com;
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*porn* - the action of the rule will apply on all web sites containing porn in the web site address;
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www.*.com - the action of the rule will apply on all web sites having the domain suffix com;
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www.xxx.* - the action of the rule will apply on all web sites starting with www.xxx. no matter the
domain suffix.
Click Apply to save the changes.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
Delete button. To modify a rule select it and click the
Edit...
button or double-click it. To temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the corresponding checkbox.
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Specify Exceptions
Sometimes you may need to specify exceptions to a particular rule. For example, you set a rule that blocks sites
which contain the word "killer" in the address (syntax: *killer*). You are also aware of the existence of a site
called killer-music where visitors can listen to music online. To make an exception to the previously created
rule, access the Exceptions window and define an exception to the rule.
Click Exceptions.... The following window will appear:
Specifying Exceptions
Click Add... to specify exceptions. The configuration wizard will appear. Complete the wizard in order to set the
exception.
Click Apply to save the changes.
To delete a rule, just select it and click Delete. To modify a rule select it and click Edit... or double-click it. To
temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the corresponding checkbox.
Ad-Aware Web Blacklist
Ad-Aware provides a blacklist of websites with inappropriate or possibly dangerous content. To block the sites
that appear on this list select Use the list of blocked sites provided by Ad-Aware.
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Applications Control
The Applications Control helps you to block any application from running. Games, media and messaging
software, as well as other categories of software and malware can be blocked this way. Applications blocked in
this manner are also protected from modifications, and cannot be copied or moved.
To configure the Applications Control, go to User Control>Applications in the Advanced View.
Applications Control
To enable this protection select the checkbox corresponding to Enable Applications Control.
The rules must be input manually. Click the
Add... button to start the configuration wizard.
Configuration Wizard
The configuration wizard is a 1 step procedure.
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Step 1/1 - Select Application to Block
Select Application to Block
Click Browse, select the application to be blocked and click Finish.
Click Apply to save the changes.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
Delete button. To modify a rule select it and click the
Edit...
button or double-click it. To temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the corresponding checkbox.
Keyword Filtering
The Keyword filter helps you block access to e-mail messages or web pages that contain a specific word. In this
way you can stop users from seeing inappropriate words or phrases.
To configure Keyword Filtering go to User Control>Keywords in the Advanced View.
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Keyword Filtering
To enable this protection select the checkbox corresponding to Keyword filtering.
The rules must be input manually. Click the
Add... button to start the configuration wizard.
Configuration Wizard
The configuration wizard comprises a 1 step procedure.
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Step 1/1 - Enter Keyword
Enter Keyword
You must set the following parameters:
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Keyword - type in the edit field the word or phrase you want to block.
Protocol - choose the protocol Ad-Aware should scan for the specified word.
The following options are available:
Option
Description
POP3
E-mail messages that contain the keyword are blocked.
HTTP
Web pages that contain the keyword are blocked.
Both
Both e-mail messages and web pages that contain the keyword are
blocked.
Click Apply to save the changes.
To delete a rule, just select it and click the
Delete button. To modify a rule select it and click the
Edit...
button or double-click it. To temporarily deactivate a rule without deleting it, clear the corresponding checkbox.
Web Time Limiter
The Web Time Limiter helps you to allow or block web access for users or applications during specified time
intervals.
Note
Ad-Aware will update no matter the settings of the Web Time Limiter.
To configure the Web Time Limiter go to User Control>Time Limiter in the Advanced View.
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Web Time Limiter
To enable this protection select the check box corresponding to Enable Web Time Limiter.
Select the time intervals when all the internet connections will be blocked. You can click individual cells, or you
can click and drag to cover longer periods. Also, you can click Check all to select all the cells and, implicitly, to
block all the web access. If you click Uncheck all, the internet connections will be permitted all the time.
Important
The boxes colored in grey represent the time intervals when all internet connections are
blocked.
Click Apply to save the changes.
Update
Updates can be grouped into two main categories:
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Signature updates keep up to date the program's database of known malware. This enables Ad-Aware to
protect your computer and data against the latest threats discovered. Signature updates may also include
new spam signatures to improve Anti-spam protection.
Product updates add various improvements to the program, including new features and scan techniques.
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If you are connected to the Internet through broadband or DSL, you can configure Ad-Aware to update
automatically. To enable automatic updates, go to the Update tab and select the Automatic Update is disabled
check box.
Note
Automatic update may be configured by your network security administrator.
With automatic update enabled, Ad-Aware checks for updates when you turn on your computer and every hour
after that. Automatic updates are performed in the background, without user intervention.
The update process is performed on the fly, meaning that the files to be updated are replaced progressively. In
this way, the update process will not affect product operation and, at the same time, any vulnerability will be
excluded.
The Update section of this user guide contains the following topics:
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Automatic Update
Update Settings
Automatic Update
To see update-related information or start an update go to Update>Update in the Advanced View.
Automatic Update
Here you can see when the last check for updates and the last update were performed, as well as information
about the last update performed (if successful or the errors that occurred). Also, information about the current
engine version and the number of signatures is displayed.
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You can get the malware signatures of your Ad-Aware by clicking Show Virus List. A HTML file that contains
all the available signatures will be created and opened in a web browser. You can search through the database
for a specific malware signature or click Ad-Aware Virus List to go to the online Ad-Aware signature database.
To configure automatic updates, select the Automatic Update is disabled check box.
Important
To be protected against the latest threats keep the Automatic Update enabled.
If you open this section during an update, you can see the download status.
Requesting an Update
The automatic update can be done anytime you want by clicking Update Now. This update is also known as
Update by user request.
The Update module will connect to the Ad-Aware update server and will verify if any update is available. If an
update was detected, depending on the options set in the Manual Update Settings section, you will be asked to
confirm the update or the update will be made automatically.
Important
It may be necessary to restart the computer when you have completed the update. We
recommend doing it as soon as possible.
Note
If you are connected to the Internet through a dial-up connection, then it is recommended to
regularly update Ad-Aware by user request.
Disabling Automatic Update
If you want to disable automatic update, a warning window will appear.
Disable Automatic Update
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You must confirm your choice by selecting from the menu how long you want the automatic update to be
disabled. You can disable the automatic update for 5, 15 or 30 minutes, for an hour, permanently or until the
system restart.
Warning
This is a critical security issue. We recommend you to disable automatic update for as little
time as possible. If Ad-Aware is not updated regularly, it will not be able to protect you
against the latest threats.
Update Settings
The updates can be performed from the local network, over the Internet, directly or through a proxy server. By
default, Ad-Aware will check for updates every hour, over the Internet, and install the available updates without
alerting you.
To configure the update settings and manage proxies go to Update>Settings in the Advanced View.
Update Settings
The update settings are grouped into 4 categories (Update Location Settings, Automatic Update Settings,
Manual Update Settings and Advanced Settings). Each category will be described separately.
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Setting Update Locations
To set the update locations, use the options from the Update Location Settings category. For more reliable and
faster updates, you can configure two update locations: a Primary update location and an Alternate update
location. By default, these locations are the same: http://definitionsbd.lavasoft.com. This is a generic
address that is automatically resolved to the closest server that stores Ad-Aware malware signatures in your
region. If you see a different update location, then the program has been configured to update from a local update
server.
You will need to configure these settings in the following situations:
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Ad-Aware Business Client update files are available on a local update server. In this case, change the primary
update location using any of these syntaxes:
 http://update_server_ip:port
 http://update_server_name:port
The default port is 7074.
You can obtain these settings from the network administrator.
Note
It is recommended to leave the alternate update location unchanged, as a fail-safe plan in
case the local update server becomes unavailable.
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The computer connects to the Internet through a proxy server. In this case, select the Use proxy check box
corresponding to the primary update location, then click Manage Proxies and configure the proxy settings.
For more information, please refer to Managing Proxies.
Configuring Automatic Update
To configure the update process performed automatically by Ad-Aware, use the options in the Automatic Update
Settings category.
For daily automatic updates, select the day option and choose from the menu the time of day when to perform
updates. For more frequent automatic updates, select the hour(s) option and set the update frequency using the
menu.
Automatic updates are performed in the background, without user intervention.
Configuring Manual Update
To specify how the manual update (update by user request) should be performed, select one of the following
options in the Manual Update Settings category:
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Silent update - the manual update will be performed automatically in the background, without user
intervention.
Prompt before downloading updates - every time an update is available, you will be prompted before
downloading it.
Configuring Advanced Settings
To prevent the Ad-Aware update process from interfering with your work, configure the options in the Advanced
Settings category:
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Wait for reboot, instead of prompting - If an update requires a reboot, the product will keep working with the
old files until the system is rebooting. The user will not be prompted for rebooting; therefore the Ad-Aware
update process will not interfere with the user’s work.
You can specify which updates to be downloaded and installed by choosing the appropriate option from the
menu:
 Update both product and signatures
 Update product only
 Update signatures only
Signature updates enable Ad-Aware to detect and block the latest malware and spam identified by the Ad-Aware
Labs. This is why it is very important to keep Ad-Aware up to date with the latest signatures.
Signature updates do not update the scan engines, but this will not cause any problems in the scanning process.
Note
This setting is to be used mainly by the network security administrator, based on the internal
security policy. For example, signatures will be updated automatically, every hour, while
product files will be updated manually, once a week.
Managing Proxies
If your company uses a proxy server to connect to the Internet, you must specify the proxy settings in order for
Ad-Aware to update itself. Otherwise, it will use the proxy settings of the administrator that installed the product or
of the current user's default browser, if any.
To manage the proxy settings, click Manage proxies. The Proxy Manager window will appear.
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Proxy Manager
There are three sets of proxy settings:
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Administrator proxy settings (detected at install time) - proxy settings detected on the administrator’
account during installation and which can be configured only if you are logged on to that account. If the proxy
server requires a username and a password, you must specify them in the corresponding fields.
Current user proxy settings (from default browser) - proxy settings of the current user, extracted from the
default browser. If the proxy server requires a username and a password, you must specify them in the
corresponding fields.
Note
The supported web browsers are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. If you use
another browser by default, Ad-Aware will not be able to obtain the proxy settings of the
current user.

Your own set of proxy settings - proxy settings that you can configure if you are logged in as an
administrator. The following settings must be specified:
 Address - type in the IP of the proxy server.
 Port - type in the port Ad-Aware uses to connect to the proxy server.
 Username - type in a user name recognized by the proxy.
 Password - type in the valid password of the previously specified user.
When trying to connect to the Internet, each set of proxy settings is tried at a time, until Ad-Aware manages to
connect.
First, the set containing your own proxy settings will be used to connect to the Internet. If it does not work, the
proxy settings detected at installation time will be tried next. Finally, if those do not work either, the proxy
settings of the current user will be taken from the default browser and used to connect to the Internet.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Click Apply to save the changes or click Default to load the default settings.
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Backup Settings
If you need to perform more complex backup and restore operations, you can use the fully-featured Ad-Aware
Backup solution. Ad-Aware Backup offers:
 a variety of backup options, such as compression, encryption, filtering files to back up or setting
backup speed
 refined control when restoring files (for example, you can restore the data you backed up at a specific
point in time)
 advanced scheduling capabilities (for example, you can choose to start the backup job at system start
or when the computer is idle)
 a log viewer that helps you keep track of the backup and restore operations you perform and
troubleshoot eventual errors
This section provides you with detailed information on the graphical user interface and the features of AdAware Backup.
Important
Ad-Aware Backup is available in power user mode only. If you are a restricted user and you
need additional backup options, please contact your network security administrator.
To open Ad-Aware Backup, do one of the following:
 In Basic View, click Backup Settings.
 In Advanced View, go to Quick Tasks and run the Backup Settings task by clicking the corresponding
Run Now button.
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Ad-Aware Backup
There are two ways you can set up and execute backup operations. You either access the upper Menu Bar or
click a certain tab from the Navigator Bar.
Menu Bar
There are six menus you can use to perform all the functions offered by the Ad-Aware backup solution.
Menu Bar
File
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Create New Job: Displays a dialog box in order to create a new backup job or other job.
Open Backup Set: Displays a dialog box in order to open the backup set or the catalog set for restoration.
Exit: Allows exiting the Ad-Aware backup section.
Job
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
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Backup: Performs the backup of the selected job. If there are more than one selected jobs, execute all the
selected jobs.
Restore File: Restore the selected job. If there are more than one selected jobs, execute all of the
selected jobs.
Restore Time-Point Data: Restores the selected job to a certain time-point. If there are more than one
selected jobs, it executes all of the selected jobs.
Schedule: Creates the job schedule or modifies the existing one.
Delete Schedule: Deletes the schedule of the selected job.
Delete: Deletes the selected job. If there are more than one selected jobs, it executes all of them.
Delete All: Deletes all jobs in job manager.
Browse Destination: Allows viewing the backup data of the selected job destination.
Modify Options: Modifies options of the selected job.
Properties: Allows modifying properties of the selected job, including data source, name, destination etc.
of the job.
Report
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View Report: If the selected job has security settings, this option allows viewing the contents of the job
report.
Save as: Saves the selected report contents to a specified file.
Print: Prints the content of the selected report.
Clear All: Clears the content of the selected job report.
Refresh: Refreshes the content of the selected job report.
View
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Get Started: If the get started window is not already on display, this option allows opening it.
Job Manager: If the job manager window is not already on display, this option allows opening it.
Log Viewer: If the log viewer window is not already on display, this option allows opening it.
Toolbox: If the window is not already on display, this option allows opening it.
Display Menu Bar: Hides the Menu Bar. To display it, just press ALT.
Display Grid Line: Displays or hides the grid line. It applies to the log viewer and job manager windows.
Tool
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Backup Wizard: Starts the backup wizard.
Restore Wizard: Starts the restore wizard.
Burn: Starts CD/DVD/ISO burn tool or a burner management tool.
 CD/DVD Burn
 Burn ISO Files
 View Burner Info
Export All Jobs: Exports all created jobs to a specified file.
Import Jobs: Imports jobs from a .JOB file, a .TXT file, or an .XML file.

Export Logs: Exports logs to a .TXT file or an .XML file.
 To a TXT file
 To an XML file

Import Logs: Imports logs from a .TXT file or an .XML file.
 From a TXT file
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
 From an XML file
Options: Modifies your global backup options.
 General
 Reports & Log
 Job Schedule
Help
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Help Topic: Displays help topics.
Search: Allows searching help topics based on the entered or selected keyword.
Search Online: Allows searching help topics on the Internet.
Ad-Aware on Website: Allows access to the Ad-Aware Internet home page to browse Ad-Aware news
and online support.
Support Information: Displays contact information that you can use to get support.
About Ad-Aware Backup: Displays the copyright, version, and edition-related info of Ad-Aware Backup.
Navigator Bar
The Navigator Bar, displayed at the top of the main window and under the Menu Bar, gives access to four
sections:
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Get Started
Job Manager
Log Viewer
Toolbox
Get Started
Get Started helps you easily back up e-mails, chat records and data.
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Get Started
You can change to Get Started by doing one of the following:

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
Click Get Started in Navigator Bar
Click View in the Menu Bar and select Get Started
Use a shortcut by pressing CTRL+Alt+S
To backup your key documents, photos, emails and chatting records during the same job, click the Backup My
Data button and follow the three step procedure
To backup your emails only, click the Backup My Emails button and follow the three step procedure
To backup your chat records only, click the Backup My Chat Records button and follow the three step procedure
Note
The three step procedure is also described in the Create New Job section.
Job Manager
Job Manager is used to view and manage backup jobs, view job properties and job reports as well as to monitor
the job execution speed. Job Manager allows checking the job properties and current state, modifying job
settings as well as performing job backup or restore.
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Job Manager
You can change to Job Manager by doing one of the following:

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
Click Job Manager in Navigator Bar
Click View in the Menu Bar and select Job Manager
Use a shortcut by pressing CTRL+Alt+M
On the left, you will see a list of quick operation links, as follows:
Job Management
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Create New Job
Backup Job
Scheduled Job
Delete Job Schedule
Modify Job Options
Modify Job Properties
Job Restoration
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Restore File
Restore Time-Point Data
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Job Control
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Pause Job
Stop Job
Stop All
Create New Job
To back up your key documents, photos, emails and chatting records during the same job, click the Create New
Job button and follow the next three steps.
Create New Job
1. Click the check box to select partitions, directories, or files to backup.
When you select an item in the left side window, its content will be displayed on the right side window to
help you refine your selection.
2. Type a name for your backup job or accept the default job name.
Default job name is automatically generated when files or directories are selected to be backed up, but it
can be modified.
3. Click Browse to choose where to save your backup job.
Note
Do not forget to click Backup to begin or Cancel to stop. To refine your settings, click
Options.
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Backup Options Dialog Box
There are several sub-options in the Options dialog box.
Backup Options Dialog Box
Backup Type
Ad-Aware Backup supports two backup types.


Full Backup: Completely backs up the selected data source to the backup set on the specified
destination. When executing full backup, Ad-Aware Backup will not back up only the changed data but the
whole data source.
Incremental Backup: When first executing it, Incremental Backup is the same as Full Backup in that it
completely backs up the data source to the backup set on the specified destination. Later on, it only backs
up newly created or changed files. Whenever an Incremental Backup is executed, a backup catalog set is
created.
Incremental and Full Back up can also combine into a Rotation Backup. For example, you can set an
Incremental Backup of the job while setting a Full Back up once a week, let's say on Sunday. This is how it is
done: Select Weekly from the drop-down menu, 1 from the Every week field and check Sunday. This Sunday
Full Backup will replace all prior backup and it will be the basis the new Incremental Backup starts on.
Catalog Set
It is used to index the file information of every backup, and it is the basis of the Incremental Backup and Restore
process. The catalog set (*.ecs) contains a series of catalogs that represent an index of all files and directories in
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the backup set. Such index includes data on the backup time, backup directory, file name and properties. Data
can be restored from the catalog set.
A catalog set file name is generated automatically by job destination.
To modify the catalog set of a job do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click Catalog Set.
Type a file name into the corresponding field.
Click Browse to select the directory to save Catalog set files.
Click OK.
Data Compression
Ad-Aware Backup allows compressing and saving data to the backup set when executing backup to save space.
It supports Quick Compression, Standard Compression, High Intensity Compression.
For example, to start standard compression at a medium compression rate and speed, follow these steps:
1. Click Data Compression.
2. Click Standard Compression.
3. Click OK.
Destination Span
Ad-Aware Backup allows distributing the backup set to a different destination. In this case, even if a certain
destination does not have enough free space, data backup execution will continue.
You can add one or more destinations to continue backup, modify or even remove them, in one of the
following way:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Click Destination Span.
Click Add to select a new destination to save backup data.
Click Edit to modify the selected backup destination.
Click Delete to delete the selected backup destination.
Click Delete All to delete all backup destinations.
Click OK.
Encryption
Ad-Aware Backup keeps backed-up data safer by encrypting them before saving it to the backup set. The security
settings of a job include password protection.
To encrypt data before backup, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click Encryption.
Choose an encryption type from the drop-down menu.
Type your password into the corresponding field.
Retype your password into the corresponding field.
Click OK.
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External Program
The job can run other command before or after backup, and the command can be .exe, .com or .bat, or a
specific type of event such as "shut down computer after backup finished".
To execute the command when backup begins, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click External Program
Select Before Job Execution option.
Click Browse to select command files to execute.
Click OK.
To execute command after backup finished, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click External Program
Select the After Job Execution option.
Click Browse to select the command files to execute.
Or click Shut down computer when backup finishes.
Or click Restart computer when backup finishes.
Or click Logoff the current user when backup finishes.
Click OK.
Note
If you want the configuration to work even in case of backup failure, check box Run External
Application even job Execution failed.
File Filter
Ad-Aware Backup provides a powerful filtering function to exclude or include specified files, file types or
directories, to save storage space and to improve backup speed.
Specified file type can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter Type.
3. Exclude or include file types in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only selected file types or
Exclude selected file types options.
4. If necessary, type another file type into the Custom type field but make sure to use the .abc format. Use ,
(coma) as separator when typing more than one custom type. Add a short description into the
corresponding field.
5. Click OK.
Specified file can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter File.
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3. Exclude or include specific files in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only the rule-specified
files or Exclude the rule-specified files options.
4. Click Browse and select the file. The path to the file location will be automatically added in the Applied to
the following directories field. To include or exclude the file irrespective of its location, click Applied to
all directories.
5. Click OK.
Specified directory can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter Directory.
3. Exclude or include specific directories in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only the rulespecified directories or Exclude the rule-specified directories options.
4. Click Browse and select the directory. The path to the directory location will be automatically added in the
Applied to the following directories field. To include or exclude directories irrespective of their location,
click Applied to all directories.
5. Click OK.
Filters can be modified by following these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click File Filter.
Click the filter you wish to modify and click Edit.
Modify your options in the dialog box.
Click OK.
Filters can be deleted by following these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click File Filter.
Click the filter you wish to remove and click Delete.
Or click Delete All directly, to delete all filters.
Click OK.
Network Transfer
Ad-Aware Backup allows backing up and restoring shared data on workgroup networks thoroughly. If the network
is not accessible, it will retry to back the data up from time to time. To specify how often and how many times to
retry backup, follow these steps.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click Network Transfer.
Click When failed to read network files for disconnection, try to reconnect.
Type how often you want to retry data backup (in seconds).
Type how many times to retry backup.
Click OK.
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Note
To avoid being overwhelmed by information on network errors, click No error report is
generated when network is not available.
Split Backup Set
The generated backup set can be split into several other backup sets, so that backup can be executed normally
even when the destination or file system is limited. Ad-Aware Backup provides two splitting methods: auto-split
and sized-split.
The backup splitting settings of the job can be modified as follows:
1. Click Split Backup Set.
2. Select Automated Split by Destination Space.
3. Or select Specify size to split and choose the desired size from the drop down menu.
4. Click OK.
Speed
Ad-Aware Backup supports three kinds of speed. The higher the speed, the more CPU will be taken.
Backup Speed can be specified by following these steps.
1. Click Speed.
2. Select Fastest, Medium or Lowest speed.
3. Click OK.
Data Verification
To make sure your backup data is always safe, follow these steps.
1. Click Data Verification.
2. Click Verify data in backup process.
3. Click OK.
Backup Job
Once the job was created, backup is automatically executed. However, you can enter Job Manager to execute
backup by selecting the created job and clicking Backup Job in the menu.
In order to receive backup details when restoring files, you must type a short description in the pop-up window
that opens. Click Cancel to ignore the pop-up window or OK to go on. The backup job can also be canceled by
clicking the Cancel Backup button.
Note
For detailed information, a good idea would be to see Properties, Reports and Execution
Info of the job from the state bar window.
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Schedule Job
This is where you can schedule the backup job at a convenient time. You can schedule job to be executed daily,
weekly, monthly or at any specified time (for example at system startup). Schedule Job is the basis of automated
backup.
Schedule Job
If your computer is a member of a domain network, a series of extra steps are necessary to add a job scheduler.
1. Select the job and click Schedule Job.
2. The Running User dialog box will appear. If you are the domain user, please enter the domain password.
3. Otherwise select Run as the following Windows user.
4. Type the user name, password and the domain server name.
5. Click OK.
Once you set the running user, Ad-Aware Backup will display the Schedule dialog box so that you can set a
convenient time to execute the job.
This is where you can specify how often the scheduled task runs: daily, weekly, monthly, once, at system start, at
log in or when the computer is idle. If the task is scheduled daily, weekly, monthly or only once, you can also
specify the start time. You can also select how often the scheduled task is to run (expressed as the number of
days or weeks, the day of the month or the date). Another possible setting is the length (in minutes) of the idle
period after which the scheduled task starts.
It is also possible to configure multiple schedules for a task by clicking Show multiple schedules. By clicking
Advance you can set additional scheduling options. For example, you can define the task start and end date.
To further refine the job schedule, click the Settings tab. Three sub-options are available.

Scheduled Task Completed
 Delete the task if it is not scheduled to run again.
This task is useful for tasks scheduled to run only once.

Stop the task if it runs for:
Specify how long after the task has begun it should be stopped.

Idle Time
 Only start the task if the computer has been idle for at least:
Specify how long (in minutes) must pass without mouse or keyboard use before the scheduled task starts.

If the computer has not been idle that long, retry for up to:
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Specify how long (in minutes) the task should keep checking to see if the computer is idle.

Stop the task if the computer ceases to be idle.
Specify whether the task should be stopped if you start to use the computer while the task is running.

Power Management
 Don't start the task if the computer is running on batteries.
Specify whether the task should be prevented from starting while your computer is running on batteries. By
selecting this check box you can extend the life of your batteries.

Stop the task if battery mode begins.
Specify whether the task should be stopped when your computer starts running on batteries.

Wake the computer to run this task.
Specify whether the computer should run the scheduled task even when in the Sleep mode.
Delete Job Schedule
To delete a job schedule, select it and then click Delete Job Schedule in the Job Management section.
If the job is not scheduled, Delete Job Schedule will be displayed in grey, meaning it is unusable.
Modify Job Options
To modify job options, select the job and then click Modify Job Options in the Job Management section.
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Modify Job Options
The selected job can be either a backup job or a burn job. Let's take them one at time.
Backup Options Dialog Box
There are several sub-options in the Options dialog box.
Backup Options Dialog Box
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Backup Type
Ad-Aware Backup supports two backup types.


Full Backup: Completely backs up the selected data source to the backup set on the specified
destination. When executing full backup, Ad-Aware Backup will not back up only the changed data but the
whole data source.
Incremental Backup: When first executing it, Incremental Backup is the same as Full Backup in that it
completely backs up the data source to the backup set on the specified destination. Later on, it only backs
up newly created or changed files. Whenever an Incremental Backup is executed, a backup catalog set is
created.
Incremental and Full Back up can also combine into a Rotation Backup. For example, you can set an
Incremental Backup of the job while setting a Full Back up once a week, let's say on Sunday. This is how it is
done: Select Weekly from the drop-down menu, 1 from the Every week field and check Sunday. This Sunday
Full Backup will replace all prior backup and it will be the basis the new Incremental Backup starts on.
Catalog Set
It is used to index the file information of every backup, and it is the basis of the Incremental Backup and Restore
process. The catalog set (*.ecs) contains a series of catalogs that represent an index of all files and directories in
the backup set. Such index includes data on the backup time, backup directory, file name and properties. Data
can be restored from the catalog set.
A catalog set file name is generated automatically by job destination. To modify the catalog set of a job
do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click Catalog Set.
Type a file name into the corresponding field.
Click Browse to select the directory to save Catalog set files.
Click OK.
Data Compression
Ad-Aware Backup allows compressing and saving data to the backup set when executing backup to save space.
It supports Quick Compression, Standard Compression, High Intensity Compression.
For example, to start standard compression at a medium compression rate and speed, follow these steps:
1. Click Data Compression.
2. Click Standard Compression.
3. Click OK.
Destination Span
Ad-Aware Backup allows distributing the backup set to a different destination. In this case, even if a certain
destination does not have enough free space, data backup execution will continue.
You can add one or more destinations to continue backup, modify or even remove them, in one of the
following way:
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1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Click Destination Span.
Click Add to select a new destination to save backup data.
Click Edit to modify the selected backup destination.
Click Delete to delete the selected backup destination.
Click Delete All to delete all backup destinations.
Click OK.
Encryption
Ad-Aware Backup keeps backed-up data safer by encrypting them before saving it to the backup set. The security
settings of a job include password protection.
To encrypt data before backup, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click Encryption.
Choose an encryption type from the drop-down menu.
Type your password into the corresponding field.
Retype your password into the corresponding field.
Click OK.
External Program
The job can run other command before or after backup, and the command can be .exe, .com or .bat, or a
specific type of event such as "shut down computer after backup finished".
To execute the command when backup begins, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click External Program
Select Before Job Execution option.
Click Browse to select command files to execute.
Click OK.
To execute command after backup finished, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click External Program
Select the After Job Execution option.
Click Browse to select the command files to execute.
Or click Shut down computer when backup finishes.
Or click Restart computer when backup finishes.
Or click Logoff the current user when backup finishes.
Click OK.
Note
If you want the configuration to work even in case of backup failure, check box Run External
Application even job Execution failed.
File Filter
Ad-Aware Backup provides a powerful filtering function to exclude or include specified files, file types or
directories, to save storage space and to improve backup speed.
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Specified file type can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter Type.
3. Exclude or include file types in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only selected file types or
Exclude selected file types options.
4. If necessary, type another file type into the Custom type field but make sure to use the .abc format. Use ,
(coma) as separator when typing more than one custom type. Add a short description into the
corresponding field.
5. Click OK.
Specified file can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter File.
3. Exclude or include specific files in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only the rule-specified
files or Exclude the rule-specified files options.
4. Click Browse and select the file. The path to the file location will be automatically added in the Applied to
the following directories field. To include or exclude the file irrespective of its location, click Applied to
all directories.
5. Click OK.
Specified directory can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter Directory.
3. Exclude or include specific directories in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only the rulespecified directories or Exclude the rule-specified directories options.
4. Click Browse and select the directory. The path to the directory location will be automatically added in the
Applied to the following directories field. To include or exclude directories irrespective of their location,
click Applied to all directories.
5. Click OK.
Filters can be modified by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click the filter you wish to modify and click Edit.
3. Modify your options in the dialog box.
4. Click OK.
Filters can be deleted by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click the filter you wish to remove and click Delete.
3. Or click Delete All directly, to delete all filters.
4. Click OK.
Network Transfer
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Ad-Aware Backup allows backing up and restoring shared data on workgroup networks thoroughly. If the network
is not accessible, it will retry to back the data up from time to time. To specify how often and how many times to
retry backup, follow these steps.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Click Network Transfer.
Click When failed to read network files for disconnection, try to reconnect.
Type how often you want to retry data backup (in seconds).
Type how many times to retry backup.
Click OK.
Note
To avoid being overwhelmed by information on network errors, click No error report is
generated when network is not available.
Split Backup Set
The generated backup set can be split into several other backup sets, so that backup can be executed normally
even when the destination or file system is limited. Ad-Aware Backup provides two splitting methods: auto-split
and sized-split.
The backup splitting settings of the job can be modified as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click Split Backup Set.
Select Automated Split by Destination Space.
Or select Specify size to split and choose the desired size from the drop down menu.
Click OK.
Speed
Ad-Aware Backup supports three kinds of speed. The higher the speed, the more CPU will be taken.
Backup Speed can be specified by following these steps.
1. Click Speed.
2. Select Fastest, Medium or Lowest speed.
3. Click OK.
Data Verification
To make sure your backup data is always safe, follow these steps.
1. Click Data Verification.
2. Click Verify data in backup process.
3. Click OK.
Modify Options of Burn Job
Several sub-options are available in the burn job dialog box.
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Burn
This is where you can set the disk to be ejected after burn, finalized (if you plan to share it with others) or written
on using the Joliet file system (less filename restrictions).
If you want to schedule the job, click Set Schedule.
This is where you can schedule the backup job at a convenient time. You can schedule job to be executed daily,
weekly, monthly or at any specified time (for example at system startup). Schedule Job is the basis of automated
backup.
If your computer is a member of a domain network, a series of extra steps are necessary to add a job scheduler.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Select the job and click Schedule Job.
The Running User dialog box will appear. If you are the domain user, please enter the domain password.
Otherwise select Run as the following Windows user.
Type the user name, password and the domain server name.
Click OK.
Once you set the running user, Ad-Aware Backup will display the Schedule dialog box so that you can set a
convenient time to execute the job.
This is where you can specify how often the scheduled task runs: daily, weekly, monthly, once, at system start, at
log in and when the computer is idle. If the task is scheduled daily, weekly, monthly or only once, you can also
specify the start time. You can also select how often the scheduled task is to run (expressed as the number of
days or weeks, the day of the month or the date). Another possible setting is the length (in minutes) of the idle
period after which the scheduled task starts.
It is also possible to configure multiple schedules for a task by clicking Show multiple schedules. By clicking
Advance you can set additional scheduling options. For example, you can define the task start and end date.
To further refine the job schedule, click the Settings tab. Three sub-options are available.
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Scheduled Task Completed
 Delete the task if it is not scheduled to run again.
This task is useful for tasks scheduled to run only once.
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Stop the task if it runs for:
Specify how long after the task has begun it should be stopped.
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Idle Time
 Only start the task if the computer has been idle for at least:
Specify how long (in minutes) must pass without mouse or keyboard use before the scheduled task starts.
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If the computer has not been idle that long, retry for up to:
Specify how long (in minutes) the task should keep checking to see if the computer is idle.
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Stop the task if the computer ceases to be idle.
Specify whether the task should be stopped if you start to use the computer while the task is running.
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Power Management
 Don't start the task if the computer is running on batteries.
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Specify whether the task should be prevented from starting while your computer is running on batteries. By
selecting this check box you can extend the life of your batteries.
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Stop the task if battery mode begins.
Specify whether the task should be stopped when your computer starts running on batteries.
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Wake the computer to run this task.
Specify whether the computer should run the scheduled task even when in the Sleep mode.
External Program
The job can run other command before or after backup, and the command can be .exe, .com or .bat, or a
specific type of event such as "shut down computer after backup finished".
To execute the command when backup begins, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click External Program
Select Before Job Execution option.
Click Browse to select command files to execute.
Click OK.
To execute command after backup finished, follow these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Click External Program
Select the After Job Execution option.
Click Browse to select the command files to execute.
Or click Shut down computer when backup finishes.
Or click Restart computer when backup finishes.
Or click Logoff the current user when backup finishes.
Click OK.
Note
If you want the configuration to work even in case of backup failure, check box Run External
Application even job Execution failed.
File Filter
Ad-Aware Backup provides a powerful filtering function to exclude or include specified files, file types or
directories, to save storage space and to improve backup speed.
Specified file type can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter Type.
3. Exclude or include file types in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only selected file types or
Exclude selected file types options.
4. If necessary, type another file type into the Custom type field but make sure to use the .abc format. Use,
(coma) as separator when typing more than one custom type. Add a short description into the
corresponding field.
5. Click OK.
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Specified file can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter File.
3. Exclude or include specific files in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only the rule-specified
files or Exclude the rule-specified files options.
4. Click Browse and select the file. The path to the file location will be automatically added in the Applied to
the following directories field. To include or exclude the file irrespective of its location, click Applied to
all directories.
5. Click OK.
Specified directory can be filtered by following these steps:
1. Click File Filter.
2. Click Filter Directory.
3. Exclude or include specific directories in the pop-up dialog box by checking the Include only the rulespecified directories or Exclude the rule-specified directories options.
4. Click Browse and select the directory. The path to the directory location will be automatically added in the
Applied to the following directories field. To include or exclude directories irrespective of their location,
click Applied to all directories.
5. Click OK.
Filters can be modified by following these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click File Filter.
Click the filter you wish to modify and click Edit.
Modify your options in the dialog box.
Click OK.
Filters can be deleted by following these steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Click File Filter.
Click the filter you wish to remove and click Delete.
Or click Delete All directly, to delete all filters.
Click OK.
Data Verification
To make sure your backup data is always safe, follow these steps.
1. Click Data Verification.
2. Click Verify data in backup process.
3. Click OK.
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Modify Job Properties
To modify the job properties, select the concerned job and then click Modify Job Properties in the Job
Management section.
Modify Job Properties
1. Click the check box to select partitions, directories, or files to backup.
When you select an item in the left side window, its content will be displayed on the right side window to help
you refine your selection.
2. Type a name for your backup job or accept the default job name.
Default job name is automatically generated when files or directories are selected
be modified.
to be backed up, but it can
3. Click Browse to choose where to save your backup job.
Note
Do not forget to click Backup to begin or Cancel to stop. To refine your settings, click
Options.
Restore File
To restore your backed-up data, select the job you want to restore data from, click Restore File in the Job
Restoration menu and then follow these steps.
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1. Check the boxes next to the partitions, directories, or files selected to be restored.
When you select an item in the left side window, its content will be displayed in the right side window to help
you refine your selection.
2. In the Select Restore Location window, you can use the original location without any changes, or specify
another location to restore the file to.
Click Browse to choose where to save your backup job.
Note
Do not forget to click Restore to begin or Cancel to stop. To refine your settings, click
Options.
Restore Options Dialog Box
The restore options allow specifying whether the files to be restored already exist at destination at restoration
time, and whether to update the modified date of each restored file.
When files to restore that already exist
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Skipping Files Ad-Aware skips the respective files.
Asking User Ad-Aware asks you whether or not to replace the existing files.
Replacing Direct Ad-Aware replaces the files without asking.
Replaced Older Ad-Aware replaces older files only. Older files are determined based on the date they
were modified on.
File Modified Date
If the option is selected, Ad-Aware uses the current date to indicate of the date when the files and directories were
restored. If not, Ad-Aware uses as file or directory modification date the date when they were backed up.
Directory Structure
It only becomes active when you choose another location to restore data to. You can also preserve the directory
structure of your data.
Restore Time-Point data
To restore the data you backed up at a specific point in time, select the job you want to restore data from, click
Restore Time-Point Data in the Job Restoration menu and then follow these steps.
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Restore Time-Point data
1. Select the backup set of a specified time point from the list. Remarks will be displayed under it.
2. In the Select Restore Location window, you can use either the original location, without any changes, or
specify another location to restore the file to.
Click Browse to choose where to save your backup job.
Note
Do not forget to click Restore to begin or Cancel to stop. To refine your settings, click
Options.
Restore Options Dialog Box
The restore options allow specifying whether the files to be restored already exist at destination at restoration
time, and whether to update the modified date of each restored file.
When files to restore already exist
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Replaced Olders: Ad-Aware replaces older files only. Older files are determined based on the date they
were modified on.
File Modified Date
If the option is selected, Ad-Aware uses the current date to indicate of the date when the files and directories
were restored. If not, Ad-Aware uses as file or directory modification date the date when they were backed up.
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It only becomes active when you choose another location to restore data to. You can also preserve the
directory structure of your data.
Job Control
There are three ways to monitor a job: pause job, stop job and stop all.
Pause
To pause an ongoing backup or restoration job, click the Pause Job button in the Job Control menu.
Stop
To stop an ongoing backup or restoration job, click the Stop Job button in the Job Control menu.
Stop All
If there are more than one backup or restore job running, there is no need to stop them one by one. Click the
Stop All button in the Job Control menu to stop them all at once.
Log Viewer
This section shows how to view, import, export and clear logs. The Logs option helps you remember what you
backed-up or restored and when you did it and also it displays warnings or errors of operations. For example, if an
error occurred when a file was read during the execution, Ad-Aware logged it as a warning message.
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Log Viewer
You can change to Log Viewer by doing one of the following:
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Click Log Viewer in the Navigator Bar
Click View in the Menu Bar and select Log Viewer
Use a shortcut by pressing CTRL+Alt+L
View Logs
The log viewing option allows tracing back your operation, and finding out the reason of the operation failure.
The description of a log item on Ad-Aware Backup contains the following elements:
Type
A classification of the log item severity, there are four degrees of severity on Ad-Aware Backup:
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Fatal: A significant problem that prevents Ad-Aware Backup from running normally. For example, the
configuration file of Ad-Aware Backup has been damaged.
Error: A problem that leads an operation failure. For example, a job is backed up to a server, but the
server cannot be accessed.
Warning: A problem that does not affect an operation, but may later classify as an event. For example, a
file cannot be read at back up.
Information: It describes a successful operation. For example, a job was successfully deleted.
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Date
The date the log item occurred on.
Time
The local time when the logged item occurred.
Source
The source that logged the respective item which can be a job or the Ad-Aware Backup application, for
example, a System marked item indicates that it was logged by the Ad-Aware Backup application. Other
possible marks are the names of the Ad-Aware Backup jobs having logged the respective item.
User
The name of the user pursuant to whose action the item was logged
Description
Presents the detailed content of the logged item
Clear Logs
Ad-Aware Backup provides two ways to clear logs: automatically and manually.
Important
Once the log record has been cleared, it cannot be recovered again. Therefore, it is better to export all logs to a
file and preserve them for future consultation.
Automatically Clear
When Ad-Aware Backup starts, it compares the existing log size to the default log size. Ad-Aware Backup will
automatically clear all log files exceeding the default log size.
Note
To find out or modify the default log size follow these steps:
1. Click Tool in the Menu Bar.
2. Click Options and then select Reports & Log.
3. Type the desired size limitation (in MB) into the corresponding field. When the size of the
log has reached this limit, Ad-Aware Backup will clear all logs.
Manually Clear
Follow these steps to clear logs manually.
1. Click Clear All in the Log Management menu.
2. Click OK to export certain logs before clearing the others, or click No if you do not want to preserve any
logs.
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Import and Export Logs
Ad-Aware Backup currently supports file import and export in two formats: .TXT and .XML
Note
We recommend you to export and save the log to a file before clearing it.
To export logs to specified file, follow these steps:
1. Click Export to .TXT file or Export to .TXT file in the Log Management menu.
2. Type the file name and select a location for save your file to.
3. Click Save.
To import logs from a specific file, follow these steps:
1. Click Import to .TXT file or Import to .TXT file from the Log Management menu.
2. Find your file.
3. Click Open.
Note
Click the Refresh button in the Log Management menu to make sure you see the latest
logs.
Toolbox
This section shows how to use Ad-Aware Backup to burn data to a CD/DVD or to burn an ISO Image file. It
covers subjects such as burning a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM, DVD+R/RW/DL and preserving backed-up data
offline.
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Toolbox
You can change to Toolbox by doing one of the following:
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Click Toolbox in Navigator Bar.
Click View in the Menu Bar and select Toolbox.
Use a shortcut by pressing CTRL + Alt + T.
Burn to CD/DVD
To burn data to a CD/DVD manually, follow these steps:
1. Click Burn data to CD/DVD.
2. Click Erase if you want to reuse a rewritable disk. If you want to erase it quickly, click Quick. If you need
to erase the information track record completely, click Complete, but this will take some time.
3. Click Burn with Dialog.
This is where you can set the disk to be ejected after burn, finalized (if you plan to share it with others) or
written on using the Joliet file system (less filename restrictions).
4. Click File or Directory in the pop-up dialog box to add data you want to burn.
5. After the data has been added, select burner and the input disc name to burn the data on, and then click
Burn.
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Burn ISO Image File to CD/DVD
To burn an ISO Image file to a CD/DVD and follow these steps:
1. Click Burn ISO Image File to CD/DVD.
2. Click Erase if you want to reuse a rewritable disk. If you want to erase it quickly, click Quick. If you need
to erase the information track record completely, click Complete, but this will take some time.
3. Click Burn with Dialog.
This is where you can set to eject disc after burn, to finalize disc (if you plan to share it with others) or write
the data using the Joliet file system (less filename restrictions).
4. Click Add.
5. Select an ISO Image file to burn and click Open.
6. Click Burn.
Manage My Burner
This helps you manage and view the recording device and media on the current system. It contains the following
links:
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Eject Device: Ejects the selected recording device.
Close Device: Closes the selected recording device.
Media Info’s: Allows viewing the Media information of the recording device.
Device Info’s: Allows viewing the recording device information.
Capabilities: Allows viewing the media recording capabilities.
Erase Media: Erases the content of the disc.
Glossary
ActiveX
ActiveX is a model for writing programs so that other programs and the operating system can call them.
ActiveX technology is used with Microsoft Internet Explorer to make interactive Web pages that look and
behave like computer programs, rather than static pages. With ActiveX, users can ask or answer
questions, use push buttons, and interact in other ways with the Web page. ActiveX controls are often
written using Visual Basic.
Active X is notable for a complete lack of security controls; computer security experts discourage its use
over the Internet.
Adware
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Adware is often combined with a host application that is provided at no charge as long as the user agrees
to accept the adware. Because adware applications are usually installed after the user has agreed to a
licensing agreement that states the purpose of the application, no offense is committed.
However, pop-up advertisements can become an annoyance, and in some cases degrade system
performance. Also, the information that some of these applications collect may cause privacy concerns for
users who were not fully aware of the terms in the license agreement.
Archive
A disk, tape or directory that contains files that have been backed up or a file that contains one or more
files in a compressed format.
Backdoor
A hole in the security of a system deliberately left in place by designers or maintainers. The motivation for
such holes is not always sinister; some operating systems, for example, come out of the box with
privileged accounts intended for use by field service technicians or the vendor's maintenance
programmers.
Boot sector
A sector at the beginning of each disk that identifies the disk's architecture (sector size, cluster size and so
on). For startup disks, the boot sector also contains a program that loads the operating system.
Boot virus
A virus that infects the boot sector of a fixed or floppy disk. An attempt to boot from a diskette infected with
a boot sector virus will cause the virus to become active in memory. Every time you boot your system from
that point on, you will have the virus active in memory.
Browser
Short for Web browser, a software application used to locate and display Web pages. The two most
popular browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Both of these are graphical
browsers, which means that they can display graphics as well as text. In addition, most modern browsers
can present multimedia information, including sound and video, though they require plug-ins for some
formats.
Command line
In a command line interface, the user types commands in the space provided directly on the screen using
command language.
Cookie
Within the Internet industry, cookies are described as small files containing information about individual
computers that can be analyzed and used by advertisers to track your online interests and tastes. In this
realm, cookie technology is still being developed and the intention is to target ads directly to what you've
said your interests are. It's a double-edge sword for many people because on one hand, it's efficient and
pertinent as you only see ads about what you're interested in. On the other hand, it involves actually
"tracking" and "following" where you go and what you click. Understandably so, there is a debate over
privacy and many people feel offended by the notion that they are viewed as a "SKU number" (you know,
the bar code on the back of packages that gets scanned at the grocery check-out line). While this
viewpoint may be extreme, in some cases it is accurate.
Disk drive
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It's a machine that reads data from and writes data onto a disk.
A hard disk drive reads and writes hard disks.
A floppy drive accesses floppy disks.
Disk drives can be either internal (housed within a computer) or external (housed in a separate box that
connects to the computer).
Download
To copy data (usually an entire file) from a main source to a peripheral device. The term is often used to
describe the process of copying a file from an online service to one's own computer. Downloading can
also refer to copying a file from a network file server to a computer on the network.
E-mail
Electronic mail. A service that sends messages on computers via local or global networks.
Events
An action or occurrence detected by a program. Events can be user actions, such as clicking a mouse
button or pressing a key, or system occurrences, such as running out of memory.
False positive
Occurs when a scanner identifies a file as infected when in fact it is not.
Filename extension
The portion of a filename, following the final point, which indicates the kind of data stored in the file.
Many operating systems use filename extensions, e.g. Unix, VMS, and MS-DOS. They are usually from
one to three letters (some sad old OS’s support no more than three). Examples include "c" for C source
code, "ps" for PostScript, "txt" for arbitrary text.
Heuristic
A rule-based method of identifying new viruses. This method of scanning does not rely on specific virus
signatures. The advantage of the heuristic scan is that it is not fooled by a new variant of an existing virus.
However, it might occasionally report suspicious code in normal programs, generating the so-called "false
positive".
IP
Internet Protocol - A routable protocol in the TCP/IP protocol suite that is responsible for IP addressing,
routing and the fragmentation and reassembly of IP packets.
Java applet
A Java program which is designed to run only on a web page. To use an applet on a web page, you would
specify the name of the applet and the size (length and width, in pixels) that the applet can utilize. When
the web page is accessed, the browser downloads the applet from a server and runs it on the user's
machine (the client). Applets differ from applications in that they are governed by a strict security protocol.
For example, even though applets run on the client, they cannot read or write data onto the client's
machine. Additionally, applets are further restricted so that they can only read and write data from the
same domain that they are served from.
Macro virus
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A type of computer virus that is encoded as a macro embedded in a document. Many applications, such
as Microsoft Word and Excel, support powerful macro languages.
These applications allow you to embed a macro in a document, and have the macro execute each time
the document is opened.
Mail client
An e-mail client is an application that enables you to send and receive e-mail.
Memory
Internal storage areas in the computer. The term memory identifies data storage that comes in the form of
chips, and the word storage is used for memory that exists on tapes or disks. Every computer comes with
a certain amount of physical memory, usually referred to as main memory or RAM.
Non-heuristic
This method of scanning relies on specific virus signatures. The advantage of the non-heuristic scan is
that it is not fooled by what might seem to be a virus, and does not generate false alarms.
Packed programs
A file in a compression format. Many operating systems and applications contain commands that enable
you to pack a file so that it takes up less memory. For example, suppose you have a text file containing
ten consecutive space characters. Normally, this would require ten bytes of storage.
However, a program that packs files would replace the space characters by a special space-series
character followed by the number of spaces being replaced. In this case, the ten spaces would require
only two bytes. This is just one packing technique - there are many more.
Path
The exact directions to a file on a computer. These directions are usually described by means of the
hierarchical filing system from the top down.
The route between any two points, such as the communications channel between two computers.
Phishing
The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an
attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The email directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as
passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization
already has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information.
Polymorphic virus
A virus that changes its form with each file it infects. Since they have no consistent binary pattern, such
viruses are hard to identify.
Port
An interface on a computer to which you can connect a device. Personal computers have various types of
ports. Internally, there are several ports for connecting disk drives, display screens, and keyboards.
Externally, personal computers have ports for connecting modems, printers, mice, and other peripheral
devices.
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In TCP/IP and UDP networks, an endpoint to a logical connection. The port number identifies what type of
port it is. For example, port 80 is used for HTTP traffic.
Report file
A file that lists actions that have occurred. Ad-Aware maintains a report file listing the path scanned, the
folders, the number of archives and files scanned, how many infected and suspicious files were found.
Rootkit
A rootkit is a set of software tools which offer administrator-level access to a system. The term was first
used for the UNIX operating systems and it referred to recompiled tools which provided intruders
administrative rights, allowing them to conceal their presence so as not to be seen by the system
administrators.
The main role of rootkits is to hide processes, files, logins and logs. They may also intercept data from
terminals, network connections or peripherals, if they incorporate the appropriate software.
Rootkits are not malicious in nature. For example, systems and even some applications hide critical files
using rootkits. However, they are mostly used to hide malware or to conceal the presence of an intruder
into the system. When combined with malware, rootkits pose a great threat to the integrity and the security
of a system. They can monitor traffic, create backdoors into the system, alter files and logs and avoid
detection.
Script
Another term for macro or batch file, a script is a list of commands that can be executed without user
interaction.
Spam
Electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. Generally known as any unsolicited e-mail.
Spyware
Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or
her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden
component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet; however, it
should be noted that the majority of shareware and freeware applications do not come with spyware. Once
installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the
background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even
passwords and credit card numbers.
Spyware's similarity to a Trojan horse is the fact that users unwittingly install the product when they install
something else. A common way to become a victim of spyware is to download certain peer-to-peer file
swapping products that are available today.
Aside from the questions of ethics and privacy, spyware steals from the user by using the computer's
memory resources and also by eating bandwidth as it sends information back to the spyware's home base
via the user's Internet connection. Because spyware is using memory and system resources, the
applications running in the background can lead to system crashes or general system instability.
Startup items
Any files placed in this folder will open when the computer starts. For example, a startup screen, a sound
file to be played when the computer first starts, a reminder calendar, or application programs can be
startup items. Normally, an alias of a file is placed in this folder rather than the file itself.
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System tray
Introduced with Windows 95, the system tray is located in the Windows taskbar (usually at the bottom next
to the clock) and contains miniature icons for easy access to system functions such as fax, printer,
modem, volume, and more. Double click or right click an icon to view and access the details and controls.
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol - A set of networking protocols widely used on the Internet
that provides communications across interconnected networks of computers with diverse hardware
architectures and various operating systems. TCP/IP includes standards for how computers communicate
and conventions for connecting networks and routing traffic.
Trojan
A destructive program that masquerades as a benign application. Unlike viruses, Trojan horses do not
replicate themselves but they can be just as destructive. One of the most insidious types of Trojan horse is
a program that claims to rid your computer of viruses but instead introduces viruses onto your computer.
The term comes from a story in Homer's Iliad, in which the Greeks give a giant wooden horse to their foes,
the Trojans, ostensibly as a peace offering. But after the Trojans drag the horse inside their city walls,
Greek soldiers sneak out of the horse's hollow belly and open the city gates, allowing their compatriots to
pour in and capture Troy.
Update
A new version of a software or hardware product designed to replace an older version of the same
product. In addition, the installation routines for updates often check to make sure that an older version is
already installed on your computer; if not, you cannot install the update.
Ad-Aware has its own update module that allows you to manually check for updates, or let it automatically
update the product.
Virus
A program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against
your will. Most viruses can also replicate themselves. All computer viruses are manmade. A simple virus
that can copy itself over and over again is relatively easy to produce. Even such a simple virus is
dangerous because it will quickly use all available memory and bring the system to a halt. An even more
dangerous type of virus is one capable of transmitting itself across networks and bypassing security
systems.
Virus definition
The binary pattern of a virus, used by the antivirus program to detect and eliminate the virus.
Worm
A program that propagates itself over a network, reproducing itself as it goes. It cannot attach itself to
other programs.
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Repairing or Removing Ad-Aware
In order to repair or remove Ad-Aware Business Client, the following prerequisites must be met:
1. You must log on to the computer with an administrator account.
2. Ad-Aware Business Client must operate in the power user mode. Otherwise, you need the administrative
password.
If you want to repair or remove Ad-Aware Business Client, follow the path from the Windows start menu: Start –
Programs - Ad-Aware Business Client - Repair or Remove.
You will be requested to confirm your choice by clicking Next. A new window will appear where you can select:
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Repair - to re-install all program components installed by the previous setup. If the program operates in
the restricted user mode, you must provide the administrative password.
If you choose to repair Ad-Aware, a new window will appear. Click Repair to start the repairing process.
Restart the computer when prompted and, afterwards, click Install to reinstall Ad-Aware Business Client.
Once the installation process is completed, a new window will appear. Click Finish.
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Remove - to remove all installed components. If the program operates in the restricted user mode, you
must provide the administrative password.
If you choose to remove Ad-Aware, a new window will appear. Click Remove to start the removal process.
Once the removal process is completed, a new window will appear. Click Finish.
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