Ad-Aware 2008

Ad-Aware 2008

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15532 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.1.0.8
  • Total Downloads:
    386,934,315
  • Date Added:
    May 21, 2008
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    68,414
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware's excellent reputation is well-justified. The 2008 edition looks to be more of a course correction from some of the missteps in the 2007 version.

The adware and malware detection engine has undergone a significant overhaul, resulting in faster scan times and improved rootkit detection. New users should notice that the app performs faster than integrated antivirus and antimalware programs: That's because only the paid version of Ad-Aware comes with a new antivirus engine. Only users of Ad-Aware's paid versions reap that benefit.

The updater is no longer permanently on, and it instead runs in your system's background only if you activate it--eliminating a big problem with last year's model. The interface improvements include six skins, cleanly designed tabbed navigation for each of the program's main functions, and easy-to-see red Xs and green check marks to indicate a features status.

Besides the antivirus integration, other features disabled in the free version include the real-time Ad-Watch guard, heuristics scanning, the scheduler, and plug-ins. Although Ad-Aware detects and removes malware with ease, we hesitate to recommend it as anything more than a secondary detection engine considering that many free competitors offer more features and similar, if not stronger, levels of effectiveness.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 612 votes

    • 5 star 168
    • 4 star 200
    • 3 star 79
    • 2 star 47
    • 1 star 118
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15532 votes

    • 5 star 7307
    • 4 star 4229
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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  • 5 stars

    "Actually free"

    October 19, 2014   |   By RoboticsArmReach

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    As skeptical as I am, I ate my words after trying this antivirus on my laptop. I was blown away by the results of a full scan and how much spyware and adware was actually living in my hard drive before Ad Aware quarantined them. Deleting them was easy and figuring out how to keep my system and antivirus updated to prevent this from happening in the future took under 6 minutes.

    Cons

    I'd like the Total Security software suite Lavasoft offeres, but it's too expensive.

    Summary

    I am very happy with how little juice Ad Aware takes from my computer, making it very effecient as well. Do yourself a solid and install Ad Aware now to prevent yourself from having to deal with what I did down the line.

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  • 5 stars

    "will use this for years"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Creamandsugars

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    - good malware removal detect and remove
    - potent real time protection from malware
    - little to no memory consumption
    - firewall is fully active and reliable

    Cons

    mostly noticed benefits in this software

    Summary

    go for ad aware without a doubt. i'll use this for years to come.

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  • 4 stars

    "Evil software blocker"

    October 19, 2014   |   By WittyWhitman

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    No more worrying about these stupid pop up prompts and active x downloads from shady sites that constantly tell me my antivirus program (which I never had) was out of date and needed to be upgraded. That cost me about 1 week of my time trying to figure out how to regain control of my computer. LEt me tell you if it wasn't for Ad Aware being recommended, I probably would have microwaved this computer out of frustration. After the download, a few clicks on the install and a quick scan, Ad Aware found a myriad of evil software that was crawling in my computer's vains. After removing them all, and rebooting my computer, browsing the web and using basic programs felt so much quicker and more enjoyable than before.

    Cons

    Noticed huge system improvement after removing all the crap ad Aware found.

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  • 5 stars

    "Must have protection"

    October 19, 2014   |   By DiamondEdged18K

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Good malware detection without compromising on cost and ease of use. UI looks fluid and attractive - not that you really ever have to interact with it.

    Cons

    Quick scans are great but the full scans are best done at night when you're not waiting for it.

    Summary

    Pretty good at working on its own without taking too much out of my computer's power output.

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  • 5 stars

    "friendly look and feel"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Seargent4stars

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    functions with simplicity and ease. there are no completely unecessary features only what you need. its easy to forget it's there because it works quietly until it finds a threat.

    Cons

    would recommend they change the upgrade price to something like $15

    Summary

    good software all around

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  • 5 stars

    "Secured as soon as you install it"

    October 19, 2014   |   By WormyJenny

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    * Been using Ad Aware since 2008
    * Has kept my PC protected from catching all kinds of viruses
    * This free version is on par with Avast, AVG, Kaspersky's and Norton's paid versions
    * Doesn't slow down your PC like others

    Cons

    The larger the drive, the longer the scan will take.

    Summary

    Simply the best in its class

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  • 4 stars

    "Free, but worth buying"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Dick3ward

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Efficient, fast, low resource usage, pin point scanning to go along with real-time protection. I've used ad-aware for years and this is the best combination of anti-spyware/antivirus.This program covers all my PC security.

    Cons

    The full version should cost less.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best AV available at the moment."

    October 19, 2014   |   By antharg70

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Easy to use,
    always online,
    blocks everything,
    Low CPU usage,
    Game mode,
    FREE!!

    Cons

    Almost perfect.

    Summary

    The best all-round free antivirus available on the market.

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  • 5 stars

    "Serious virus protection."

    October 19, 2014   |   By Chuck-g62

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    The IT guy at work told me to get this and he was right. It's simple simple to use and the real time protection catches everything on the spot. I even setup the parental controls for my kids. Now I have nothing to worry about.

    Cons

    Not much to dislike.

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  • 5 stars

    "Really good antivirus!"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Lorenz6con

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Automatic updates. Full virus protection. Able to set exceptions. Best of all. It's free!

    Cons

    Nada!!!!!!

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 7.1.0.8
    Ad-Aware 2008 includes an improved threat detection, enhanced rootkit removal system, faster updates, Lavasoft ThreatWork to submit suspicious files for analysis, and is now compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista.
    General
    Publisher Lavasoft
    Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
    Release Date May 21, 2008
    Date Added May 21, 2008
    Version 7.1.0.8
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Anti-Spyware
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista(32- and 64-bit)
    Download Information
    File Size 1.67MB
    File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 386,934,315
    Downloads Last Week 68,414
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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