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#1 Firefoxx

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 03:13 PM

I downloaded the Ad-Aware 2007 freeware. I think the major problems in my system occur using my external hard-disk.

Is it possible to scan the external USB connected disk with Ad-Aware? When using the Smart Scan option I think I didn't see objects on my external drive being scanned.

I tried to use the command line parameter /Path - the software started but no scan was initiated. Is it possible to search malicious objects on external drives?

Thanks for your help!

#2 LS CalamityJane

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:04 PM

It should but only if you use the Full System Scan

Scan Definitions from the help manual (the question mark ? button)

Smart Scan

The Smart Scan is a fast system check that scans only the most critical sections of your system. The Smart Scan will scan your memory, registry, cookies, favorites, and Hosts file. The directories scanned are Windows, Temp and Program Files. The Smart Scan does not scan archived content.

This scan mode should only be used for daily system maintenance; use this scan if you are sure that your system is clean and you have performed a Full Scan or an in-depth Custom Scan on your main hard drive at least once during the past month. If this is your first scan, you suspect that your system has become infected with suspicious content, or you have used another anti-spyware product prior to installing and using Ad-Aware 2007, we recommend performing a Full Scan.

Full Scan

The Full Scan is an in-depth scan mode that thoroughly scans your entire system including all local drives. We recommend using the Full Scan when you use Ad-Aware 2007 for the first time, and at regular intervals to ensure that your system is clean.

The Full Scan takes longer to scan your system than the Smart Scan, but is more likely to find infections that have been installed on drives other than your main hard disk or in your archives. In addition to the areas scanned during a Smart System Scan, all fixed drives and archive files are also scanned.


The command line and custom scan features are only available in the Plus or Pro versions, but the full system scan in the free version should scan your external hard drive
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:37 PM

The command line and custom scan features are only available in the Plus or Pro versions, but the full system scan in the free version should scan your external hard drive


Just to confirm that: It does!

Full Scan Method searches infections on local and on external drives!

Thanks a lot!

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:20 PM

Ok good!

I tried it here with the free version on Vista and it did too, so thank for the confirm :unsure:
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