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  • 1.0 stars

    "Giant step backward"

    January 6, 2011  |   By batmandu

    Pros

    Couldn't find one.

    Cons

    Gobbles CPU time and memory.

    Summary

    I've used Ad-Aware free for years and loved it, but after upgrading to 9.0 I ended up having to uninstall it. After installing it, it sucked up 50% of my CPU time and kept continuously gobbling more and more memory, eventually bringing my PC virtually to its knees. And all this was while it wasn't even supposed to be running! I tried uninstalling and reinstalling it several times and finally gave up.

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