I have been using Ad-Aware 6, build 6.181 for years. I have also followed all the steps in: pinned: Ad-Aware Definition Update Problems. What I have in my Lavasoft\Ad-aware 6 folder is a defs.ref file and a reflist.ref file. The defs.ref file is up to date because I updated it manually but the reflist file is dated Oct. 26 2004. Ad-aware shows this reference file as the one loaded when it starts up.
Now that you know what I have, here's my problem. When I check for updates I am always told that there are no new updates available. Since my host file shows no reference to Ad-aware, and I run several spyware protection and removal programs, I doubt that anything is blocking my updates. Plus, a computer store installed the free version of Ad-aware SE last week when they had to re-install Windows XP, and it updates just fine!
Why is my ref file two years out of date? Why must I do manual updates of the def file? Why is there no ref file in Ad-aware SE free?
Does anyone have any help? Sorry this is so long.
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