Sunday, November 26, 2006

Create a Rule with Lavasoft's Ad-Watch

One of the most frequently mentioned problems people have with Lavasoft's Ad-Watch is that it has blocked another process, such as anti-virus software update or a scheduled scan by another product.

The easiest way to solve that situation is through the creation of a Rule. It is really fairly easy to create a Rule with Ad-Watch but people seem to have problems deciphering the instructions in the Manual.
  1. Check that Event-History is turned on
    • Launch Ad-Watch
    • Select Options
    • Under "Event-History", select (green check) "Create Event-History"
  2. If you did not have Event-History turned on, wait until the next occurrence of the action you wish to create the rule for. Then open the Event History.
    • Select "Options"
    • Select "View Event History". Ad-Watch will launch the Event-History in Notepad.
  3. Look at the entry for the Key; i.e., something like "Key:Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run".
  4. Create a new Rule (Rules cannot be edited)
  5. Copy/paste the Key from Notepad.
  6. Look at the entry in Notepad for the Value and also add what is shown.
  7. Select Exact Match.
Pretty simple when you know how to do it.

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