Thursday, April 05, 2007

Ad-Aware update error

When you try to download an update for Ad-aware do you get an error that says, The downloaded definitions file could not be read, please update again ?

If so you've come to the right place !

Ad-Aware update error message : The downloaded definition file could not be read, please update again

The fix is very simple, do the following :
  1. Open My Computer
  2. Open the C: drive
  3. Open the Program Files folder
  4. Open the Lavasoft folder
  5. Right click the Ad-Aware folder and chose properties at the bottom
  6. Click the middle tab at the top called security
  7. Place a check in the box for Full control
  8. Click ok
You should now be able to update Ad-Aware with no problems.

The cause of this issue is that when Ad-Aware installs it does not grant you full control rights over the folder the program and definition file live in.

So when you try to download an update Ad-Aware tries to modify the definition files and Windows does not allow this so Ad-Aware generates an error.

The irony of it all is that Ad-Aware is the cause of it's own error due to it improperly setting the permissions on the folder it lives in.