What is Ad-Watch?
Ad-Watch is the real time monitor included in the Norman Ad-Aware Plus and Pro packages. Ad-Watch goes beyond what other security suites offer by adding another layer of protection to your system proactively. It runs silently in the background, watching for Malware/parasites that try to install on or modify your system.
While Norman Ad-Aware detects and cleans your system from known Malware and advertising parasites, Ad-Watch goes even further by catching these programs before they can integrate into your system. If Malware/parasites are detected, Ad-Watch pops up, unloads the particular module and launches Ad-Aware. You can change the action taken by Ad-Watch in the options menu. There are additional settings in Norman Ad-Aware SE in the Tweak Options.
You can lock the startup sections of your registry, block possible and actual browser hijack attempts, block suspicious processes, lock executable file associations, Block malicious cookies, block Pop-ups, and uses the all new CSI technology to protect you from unknown variants as well. Even if Ad-Watch is turned off and something DOES install onto your system, it will recognize it and will kill the process as soon as it has seen it when turned back on.
Ad-Watch will also enable you to continue using detectable processes through its filtering technology. This is accomplished simply by placing Ad-Watch in manual blocking mode and then, when Ad-Watch alerts to the applicable process, select the "Allow" button in the Popup warning. The process has now been added to Ad-Watch’s filter list which can be accessed by clicking the "Filter" button on the tool screen. In addition, we have also included a rules editor that will allow you to pre-allow changes to your registry when installing other software applications or when making frequent profile changes.
Note! Ad-Watch shares the definition file with Norman Ad-Aware.