Instructions on using Ad-Aware

According to Internet Security Systems, spyware or adware is a general term for a program that surreptitiously monitors your actions. While they are sometimes sinister, like a remote control program used by a hacker, software companies have been known to use spyware to gather data about customers. On your computer, a good rule of thumb to determine if you have spyware or adware is to monitor the number of pop-up ads that you receive when are you surfing the Internet. To help remove these malicious programs from your computer, the following instructions will guide you through the 3 step process of keeping your computer free from spyware or adware.

Step 1 : Downloading and Installing Ad-Aware

You may obtain the latest version of Ad-Aware by downloading the application for free.To download the Ad-Aware application:

1) Go to

2) Search for Ad-Aware SE Personal

3) Under the Search Results, click on the Download Now link next to Ad-Aware SE Personal. You should see a dialog box appear on your screen. Choose the option to save the program to your disk and when prompted, select to save the program on your Desktop.

4) Locate the aawsepersonal file on your desktop and double click on it to start the installation process.

5) Accept the Terms of the Agreement and follow the defaults settings when presented with options and after the program finishes installing you will be presented with a screen similar to the one below:

Make sure that none of the boxes are checked and click on Finish.


Step 2: Updating Ad-Aware

Launch Ad-Aware by clicking on the shortcut icon.

You should now see a screen that resembles the following:

Click on the Check for updates now link (Highlighted in the red box in the image below)

Click on Connect (Highlighted in the red box in the image below)

If you see a screen that indicates the availability of a new definition file, click on OK to download and install the new update. When the update has finished downloading, click on Finish


Step 3: Scanning and Removing Spyware

After ensuring that you have the latest updates, you can now scan your computer for the presence of spyware or other malicious programs.

To start the scan process, launch Ad-Aware and click on the Start button (Highlighted in the red box in the image below)

On the screen that appears, make sure that Perform full system scan is selected and then click on Next (Highlighted in the red box in the image below)

The scan process will take about 15 minutes to run. Once the process has completed, you will hear a distinct sound and also notice a flashing bug along with an overview of the various critical objects recognized. Click on Next to begin the process of removing the detected objects.

You will now see a list of objects that were identified as spyware on your computer. To remove a specific object, click on the small checkbox next to the object. To remove all objects, right click on any object, choose the Select All Objects option and then click on Next


You will see a box appear on your screen that asks for your permission in removing the number of objects that were detected. Click on OK to remove the objects.

Once the objects have been removed you may close the Ad-Aware application. It is generally advisable that you run Ad-Aware about once a month or when you begin to notice an increasing amount of pop-up ads.

Online Trip Planner

One of my colleagues at work was asking for an online mapping site that actually allowed you to pick specific stops on your trip.

After finding no success with Mapquest, MSN Maps or Yahoo Maps I finally stumbled upon Rand McNally Road Trip Planner.

You could buy an application such as Microsoft Streets to help plan your trip, and the latest version even includes a GPS Locator. However, before paying $129.00 for the version with the GPS locator, I’m probably going to try finding a free source.

Does anyone else use another application to help plan a better trip?

Microsoft Money 2005

CNET is reporting that Microsoft has released the latest version of Microsoft Money.

In previous editions, I did not exploit the investment features due to a lack of investment funding and investment knowledge. However, since that situation has improved slightly, I am hoping that Microsoft Money will enable greater integration with MSN Money Central and make tackling the investment nightmare a little more easier.

World’s Largest Hot Spot

If the Philadelphia city has its way, sometime in the next couple of months, I could be living in the world’s largest hot spot.

According to recent news updates, Philadelphia is planning to return to the frontier of technological innovation through various initiatives. For example, did you know that the Univac (regarded as the first computer in the world) was actually made in Philadelphia?

The venture to provide free wireless access to all residents within 134 square miles of the city are also part of the promotion to attract, educate and retain students in the city through the Stay, Invent PA marketing campaign.

So, when are you planning your next Philadelphia investment?

Tip : Load Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Faster

I picked up a tip on getting Acrobat Reader 6.0 to load faster from John Roller’s blog post.

1) Go to the \Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader folder

2) Take everything except EScript.api, EWH32.api, IA32.api, Search.api and Search5.api from the plug_ins folder and move it into Optional folder.