Maintaining Your PC using Ad-Aware 6
This walkthrough has been written under the assumption that Ad-Aware 6 has already been installed on your PC. If your computer has been serviced by NetPoint employees, Ad-Aware 6 should have been installed on your computer. If not, Ad-Aware can by downloaded from www.lavasoftusa.com. It is recommended that you run Ad-Aware every few weeks to ensure smooth operation of your PC.
Locate and double-click the Ad-Aware 6 icon on your desktop.
This should open the Status dialog. This where you can either update the software or continue on and scan. Your computer needs to be connected to the internet in order for Ad-Aware to receive updates.
It is recommended to have Ad-Aware check for updates since new versions of spyware are always being developed. To begin updating, click on Check for updates now in the lower right-hand corner. This should bring up the Webupdate dialog box. If you are not connected to the internet or do not need to update, skip ahead to step 4.
Click the connect button and Ad-Aware will automatically search for updates. After the updates are finished, or if Ad-Aware is up to date, click the finish button.
Step 4Click the start button to begin scanning. This should bring up the Preparing System Scan dialog. Unless you are an advanced PC user or have been directed by NetPoint staff, leave all options at default settings pictured below and click the NEXT button.
Step 5Ad-Aware will now begin scanning. The speed of the scan depends on how much data is stored on the disk drive and your processor speed. It will take several minutes. When the scan is complete you should be seeing the Scan Complete dialog.
Click the NEXT button to continue to the Scanning Results dialog.
Step 6This dialog shows what Ad-aware found and where it found it. Some of the items are checked automatically and some aren't. If you are curious as to what these items are, you can check www.spywareguide.com to see what these programs do to your machine. It is safe to remove ANYTHING that Ad-Aware finds.
Right-click any object and a menu will appear.
Click Select all objects.
There should now be a check mark in all the boxes next to the objects in the list. To remove the objects, click the Next button.
Ad-Aware will now ask you to confirm the removal of the selected objects. Click OK to continue.
Step 7Sometimes Ad-Aware cannot remove certain programs because they are in use. In order to remove them, it needs to scan BEFORE the program is started. If this is the case you should see this message:
To have Ad-Aware run the next time you start your computer, click the OK button. It is recommended that you reboot your computer immediately to allow Ad-Aware to scan again until all objects have been removed or Ad-Aware cannot find any new objects. To quit the application, click on the X in the upper right-hand corner.