Some of the Norman Ad-Aware functions can be run from a command line, this can assist system administrators in some repetitive tasks.
Browse to C:\Program Files\Norman\Norman Ad-Aware \xxx (depending on the version you are running)
The executable is ad-aware.exe and the switches are as below:
Performs a Smart System scan
Performs a Full System scan
Performs a scan using Custom Scanning options predefined by the user
Performs an ADS (Alternate Data Stream) scan and is only available on NTFS enabled volumes
Using /ads alone will run the ADS scan using the parameters (paths) defined in the scan settings
Using /ads with a path as the very first parameter, for example %Ad-Aware.exe% "C:\test" /ads will run an ADS scan on the defined path.
Displays a help window with a listing of all the available command line parameters.
Displays help on available command line parameters.
%pathfile% defines a text file which includes a list with paths that will be scanned. %pathfile% can also specify a remote resource.
Creates a file containing status information at the specified location. This command requires a destination file name. Information appended to the file created will include version, build, loaded definitions file, available add-ons, scanning statistics, etc.
Overrides any archival scan settings so that archives are scanned.
Overrides any archival scan settings so that archives are not scanned.
Performs both scanning and removal in full-automatic mode using the automatic quarantine and log file settings defined by the user.
Skips the conditional scans.
Activates delayed loading.
Only performs a disk scan. It will not perform any memory/registry scans.
Creates a log file at the specified path. The full path name must be added in quotes.
Scans for negligible risk objects and temporarily overrides the last user setting for that option.
Skips the scan for negligible risk objects and temporarily overrides the last user setting for that option.
"+" boosts priority: ABOVE_NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS up to REALTIME_PRIORITY_CLASS
(+nice+1 or +nice+2 respectively)
"-"decreases priority: BELOW_NORMAL down to IDLE
(+nice-1 or +nice-2 respectively)
No warning will be given if the definitions file is outdated.
Scan will not alter any user data.
Disables all writing to disk. Ignore lists, cache and preferences are not saved if this switch is used.
Uses a user-defined preference file for the scan. The full path and file name must be added in quotes.
Performs an aggressive memory scan. Ad-Aware will try to unload/terminate the process/module and immediately delete it. This is required to handle reciprocal processes for example. It also unloads explorer and recognized modules during the removal, regardless of whether or not the tweak options are set.
Uses user-defined definitions file for the scan. The full path and file name must be added in quotes.
n must be a number between 0 and 10. If used in combination with the /auto parameter, only content that has an equal or higher TAC index will automatically be removed.
Returns the highest TAC rating of all objects found as exit code.
Loads the minimal configuration required for Ad-Aware SE to operate. Skips loading of cache files, ignore list, plug-ins and extensions. If there are problems launching Ad-Aware SE the conventional way, use this command.
Sends command to running instance of Ad-Aware.
Runs Ad-Aware without showing the graphical user interface and scans automatically without removing any detected objects.
Checks if a new definitions file is available and downloads it on Ad-Aware startup.