Conflicts do occur between security software programs and someone with an all-in-one suite such as Windows Live OneCare needs to consider this when adding another security software, particularly when that software includes a service. (Note for example that Spybot Search & Destroy does not include a service.)
I am rather confused about Lavasoft's method of "working" on the problem. Rather, there seems to be more rudeness and sarcasm involved than helpful information for their customers. Today LS Tobias referred Lavasoft customers to the latest blog post by Lavasoft's VP of Marketing, Michael Helander, copied in part:
For those of you who are old enough to remember Roseanne Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live, ”My father always used to say, it’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another”
Microsoft is pushing their weight around. We’ve got Ad-Aware customers contacting us left and right because Microsoft is telling them to uninstall their Ad-Aware software in order to run Windows Live OneCare “security software” (the quotation marks are mine).
Some article title: "Microsoft Bullies"! LS Tobias tells Lavasoft customers that they are working with Microsoft and the VP of Marketing refers to them as bullies. Now that is class (not).
I suppose Marketing VP's get away with being snippy, as in the "(the quotation marks are mine)" in reference to Windows Live OneCare security software.
Also from the Lavasoft blog post:
Smart remarks do not solve issues. But this takes the cake:
I guess it always takes two MS people to get your issues resolved?
Thank you for that wonderful explanation, but isn’t Windows the reason that companies like ours are in business in the first place?No, Michael, "Windows" is not the reason why Lavasoft is in business. Nicolas Stark is the reason Lavasoft is in business when he took over the original "opt-out" program from Steve Gibson. The malware purveyors keep companies like Lavasoft in business.
It is not uncommon for a security software vendor to point out conflicts between their software and that of another. Trend Micro even includes their own products as well as Ad-Aware as necessary to be uninstalled. See EN-1035951.
The conflict is explained at the WLOC forums as follows:
"As mentioned earlier, Ad-Aware 2007 has changed from previous versions in that it now operates as a service that runs at boot time of the PC. This is discussed on the Lavasoft Support forums at the folllowing link.
Though the free version of Ad-Aware 2007 doesn't include the associated Ad-Watch real-time active mode protection, this service is still loaded at boot time to provide the application with elevated rights to cope with malware, even when the logged in user has limited rights themselves.
Though this choice makes sense for the more effective removal of malware, it creates a new problem. The issue is that when Ad-Aware detects malware the service will attempt to 'take control' and remove the infection, which makes sense by iteself. However, if another anti-malware application also exists on the PC, it may also detect the same malware with its real-time protection at the same moment. Now you have an issue where two programs are competing to remove the same piece of malware at the same moment, i.e. a conflict."