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Ad-Aware 2007 - new look but no major improvements

review from ClifNotes, Jun 2007, permalink Adware & Spyware Removal


Ad-Aware is still the number one adware removal tool in my opinion. I use it often. If you don't have a copy of Ad-Aware, you should get it now. The new version has a new look to it and they have added a couple of nifty new features. The new features aren't anything most of us don't already have in some other program. I guess it's hard to make substantial improvements to something that was already number one.


When I heard there was a new version, I happily went to LavaSoft and downloaded it. First, I ran ERUNT to get a backup of my registry so that I could truly uninstall it when I want to. Then I installed it normally.


I ran it through a typical update and scan. It works good and I didn't notice any differences in speed while scanning so I'm not impressed yet. I didn't try out the new features but I'll get around to that eventually.


I wanted to see if I could turn it into a stand-alone copy for my USB drive that I use at work. I made a copy of the Program Files folder, uninstalled it, and restored the previous registry backup so that there were now no traces of it left in my system.


Now I ran the copy of AW 2007 that I saved and it immediately crashed. It looks like they giveth with one hand and taketh with the other. Maybe somebody will figure out how to make Ad-Aware 2007 into a portable version without screwing it up too badly. I'll be keeping my older copies of Ad-Aware SE Personal until then.



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Quote from the website

Ad-Aware 2007 Free remains the most popular anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. Our free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identity theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers.




Ad-Aware SE Personal - scans your PC and removes adware and spyware, UPDATED

review from ClifNotes, Feb 2007, permalink _ Adware & Spyware Removal


New version now available

Ad-Aware is one of the most recommended adware and spyware scanners in the world. I use it often and so do most security aware folks on the net.


Quote from the website

With the ability to scan your RAM, Registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-Aware SE easily can clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web.