Ad-Aware 2007

Ad-Aware 2007

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15351 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0.1.6
File Size:
2.68MB
Date Added:
August 01, 2007
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
386,704,448
Downloads Last Week:
93,021
Product ranking:
#2 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server

Editors' review

One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware's excellent reputation is well-justified. While the 2007 edition is still free, it does have some new features that may make you reconsider the height of the pedestal it sits on.

First off, the app's updater is now permanently on, running in your system's background. The irony of Ad-Aware running potential spyware is not lost on us. The interface has also been completely overhauled, and it's a bit more confusing. There are six tabs in the nav bar. Status and Scan initiate adware scans, and finish with a line-item list so you can select which components to remove and create a system restore point. The context menu offers some information about suspected adware, though it's light on details.

Other navbar buttons include Ad-Watch, offering real-time defenses but only in the paid version. Plug-ins are disabled in the free version, but the Tools and Plug-ins tab hosts TrackSweep, the new browsing tracks cleaner. Smoothly integrated into the app, it wipes the cache, cookies, and history, and other breadcrumbs left by major browsers. We couldn't help but notice, though, that the Web Update tab, which controls definition file and software updates, ran far more sluggishly than in previous editions, and sometimes even crashed the program.

The Settings tab provides access to auto-scans, browsers, scanning, the interface, and log files. The app does an excellent job of removing most malware components, although rescanning is necessary for a seriously infected machine. The freeware restrictions are mildly irritating, but they're nothing compared to some of the serious stability and background processes in the 2007 version. However, it is a fully functional adware remover, and it continues to do that well. With some hesitation, we recommend Ad-Aware 2007 as part of your arsenal.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 15351 votes

    • 5 star: 7199
    • 4 star: 4164
    • 3 star: 1141
    • 2 star: 725
    • 1 star: 2122
  • Current Version:

    3.6

    out of 453 votes

    • 5 star: 154
    • 4 star: 147
    • 3 star: 41
    • 2 star: 26
    • 1 star: 85
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  • 5 stars

    "Cleaned my computer!"

    October 01, 2014   |   By bravosarah

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Got rid of 2 viruses not caught by McAffee for FREE! Can opt out of toolbar bundle.

    Cons

    To opt out of toolbar, you must un-check the "add ask toolbar" button before you install, or it could be difficult to undo. More of a Pro than a Con I guess, as most free installations don't have an opt out at all!

    Summary

    I'm very grateful to Ad-Aware. Thank you

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  • 5 stars

    "5 stars for sure"

    October 01, 2014   |   By SydneyAppleBee

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    no dodgy virus will get past Ad Aware, it's worked wonders for my laptop and even after 3 years with this, it's still running as well as it did when I first got it.

    Cons

    Easy decision was to download it.

    Summary

    Keep your antivirus updated and don't visit shady sites and you shouldn't encounter any viruses. It's that simple

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  • 4 stars

    "Best deal so far - free"

    October 01, 2014   |   By breakfast4lunchnow

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Great alternative to Norton, Kaspersky and AVG. Best of all it's free (unlimited usage) and still gives you top notch security that you would get in other paid versions.

    Cons

    This is the internets gift to us

    Summary

    Definitely one of the most underrated security solutions on this site yet Ad Aware is probably the best one on here.

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  • 4 stars

    "exactly what I need"

    October 01, 2014   |   By SimplyRebecca00

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    this free version protects against all types of threats and doesnt constantly bug you with annoyin pop ups asking you to upgrade.

    Cons

    doesn't need much improvement to be honest

    Summary

    download it, install it and use it. You won't regret it that's for sure

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  • 5 stars

    "never had any problems, keeps system clean"

    October 01, 2014   |   By MarginalMargarine

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Don't need my antivirus to frustrate me, I just need it to work properly and keep my system clean, ad aware does a great job of that.

    Cons

    Too few to name

    Summary

    No headaches, just a simple and easy to use application for any level of computer user.

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  • 4 stars

    "Nothing better at killing viruses"

    October 01, 2014   |   By lambshanked44

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    It uses very little computer bandwith - which is nice;
    Scans are very fast and Ad Aware is easy to use;
    I Like the new look;
    Updates are really easy.
    I've not had any viruses or malware causing any problems since I've started using Ad-Aware.

    Cons

    If a program is sketchy, but you know and trust it, you will have to manually add it to the list of allowed softwares just like you would on your firewall.

    Summary

    Very satisfied with this and could very much see myself using this for a while

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  • 4 stars

    "Better than alot of the free anti virus."

    October 01, 2014   |   By Big82Ricky

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Better than my old antivirus, that's for sure. I couldn't figure it out. Ad-aware fixed my computer almost immediatly after running the first scan. I love it. Really good program!

    Cons

    So far it's good.

    Summary

    No longer have to worry when I'm online.

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  • 5 stars

    "Terrific software."

    October 01, 2014   |   By Jorge-feathers

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Doesn't hog memory at all, doesn't load your computer with junk. Picks up threats instantly and makes it really easy to fix problems on the fly.

    Cons

    Nope, I'm happy with everything.

    Summary

    Total protection and detection of threats.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good virus detection."

    October 01, 2014   |   By theo92hudson

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    It works. No virus problems for as long as I've had it on my computer. I'm using the free version comes with everything I need. The live protection doesn't slow down by PC and it blocks any incoming threat.

    Cons

    I don't like the toolbar.

    Summary

    Reliable solid antivirus.

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  • 5 stars

    "Just get it. You wont regret it."

    October 01, 2014   |   By D94myers

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    This free antivirus program has it all. It includes a powerful firewall, real time protection, mail scanner and more. It doesn't slow your system down I still prefer a separate firewall but as an antivirus program it is perfect. It keeps you away from spyware, trojans and all kinds of viruses. I can really recommend this incredible piece of software.

    Cons

    Not all the features are free.

    Summary

    Ad-aware real-time protection is great.

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