The “Scan Results” screen shows information about the scan that you performed and information about the objects that were detected.
Ad-Aware is designed to report possible suspicious content on your system, give you a straightforward method to understand the content detected, and then provide a simple way to remove threats. The detected objects are listed by family and are given a pre-selected Lavasoft “SmartSet” recommendation defined by Lavasoft experts. Lavasoft SmartSet makes scanning and cleaning as easy as possible by providing automatically configured settings for scans, and by providing recommended actions for found objects. Please review each detected item in the scan results screen before clicking “Perform Actions Now” as you have the final say in what to delete from your system.
In the “Scan Results” screen, detected objects are grouped by which family they belong to. The infection type, total number of objects, their TAI rating and the action to perform are also shown.
A group of malicious programs that share similar code and behavior.
Provides more information about the behavior of the detected object.
The total number of detected objects for each family are listed.
TAI: Threat Analysis Index
Information about the items detected by Ad-Aware can be found in Lavasoft’s Security Center, in the Threat Analysis Index pages. When you scan your computer using Ad-Aware, potential threats are analyzed using specific criteria. The weights of the criteria are tallied, to give the threat a specific Threat Analysis Index (TAI) level. This determines if the threat should be added to our Detection Database, and gives you the power to make quick decisions about what to do with the detected spyware and malware.
The TAI point system is based on a 10-point scale, with 1 representing the lowest threat and 10 representing the highest. A minimum value of 3 is required before the malware is put into detection at the Lavasoft Security Center.
When creating the TAI level, the behavior of the threat carries a stronger weight than its technical aspects; if the malware secretly attaches without your full understanding and approval, then the threat is automatically given higher TAI points. Applications that are difficult to remove and cause system instability due to poor coding but do not contain any further violations are not considered for inclusion in the Detection Database. Information on TAI categories and TAI analysis criteria can be found on the Lavasoft website. See more information on the Threat Analysis Index.
To change an Action click on the drop-down menu under the Action heading.
The following actions are available.
Recommend: A pre-selected Lavasoft “SmartSet” recommendation defined by Lavasoft experts.
Custom: You can change the Action by clicking on “Custom Action” or by clicking on the description menu at the end of that particular Family.
Remove all: Delete all objects for a particular family from your system.
Quarantine all: Add all objects for a particular family to the Quarantine; isolate and back-up the object in quarantine, where it does not pose a threat to your system.
Add To Ignore List: Add the object to the Ignore List; keep the item on your system and make sure it is not detected in future scans.
Allow all Once: Allow the objects for a particular family to stay on the system. During the next scan, the objects will be detected again.
Repair all: Ad-Aware will attempt to repair all objects for a particular family.
Note: Selected action for a particular family will be applied only to objects that selected action can be applied to.
To change an Action for single detected object from the recommended action, choose custom and select one of the following custom actions.
Quarantine: Add the object to the Quarantine; isolate and back-up the object in quarantine, where it does not pose a threat to your system.
Remove: Delete the object from your system.
Add To Ignore: Add the object to the Ignore List; keep the item on your system and make sure it is not detected in future scans.
Allow Once: Allow the object to stay on the system. During the next scan, the object will be detected again.
Repair: Repair detected object (available only for specific objects).
System Restore Point
Before performing actions on objects, you have the option to create a system restore point. A system restore point allows you to restore your computer to a previous working state, in the event of a problem. Select “Set System Restore Point” to create a backup, or restore point, of vital system configurations and files. You should choose to create a system restore point prior to performing actions on objects that you are unsure of removing.
Select the required action for each object from the drop-down menu and then click “Perform Actions Now”.
Ad-Aware will apply the required action for each detected object and present you with the “Scan Summary” screen.