Ad-Aware 2008

Ad-Aware 2008

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15257 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.1.0.8
File Size:
2.68MB
Date Added:
May 21, 2008
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
386,639,331
Downloads Last Week:
108,177
Product ranking:
#1 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista(32- and 64-bit)

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 15257 votes

    • 5 star: 7143
    • 4 star: 4130
    • 3 star: 1138
    • 2 star: 725
    • 1 star: 2121
  • Current Version:

    3.4

    out of 612 votes

    • 5 star: 168
    • 4 star: 200
    • 3 star: 79
    • 2 star: 47
    • 1 star: 118
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  • 5 stars

    "Easy, free, dependable."

    September 22, 2014   |   By M92foley

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Free program does everything. Easy to download and setup. Once it's configured, it protects against all dangerous threats. I'm satisfied with this program. I recommend it to everyone.

    Cons

    Never lets me down.

    Summary

    Consistent virus detection.

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  • 5 stars

    "Small, simple."

    September 22, 2014   |   By matthewh72

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    It doesn't use much resources. Detects and removes dangerous viruses, trojans, adware, spyware. It scans emails and not to mention the toolbar. It does a great job keeping the bad sites at bay.

    Cons

    Works without any issues.

    Summary

    It does exactly what I need it to do.

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  • 4 stars

    "I should have got it ealier."

    September 22, 2014   |   By mcroker1999

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    I'm really impressed with this program, the way it's designed. It's light weight & has a very friendly user interface. It uses a lot less memory so I can keep working without any slow downs. The best part is that it's free!

    Cons

    Takes a little longer time to do full PC scan.

    Summary

    The right program for my computer.

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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect for my needs."

    September 22, 2014   |   By millie_moultrie

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Super easy to use, clean, effective. I love how my PC is performing now. Ad-aware is much easier to use than my old antivirus.

    Cons

    No more worries.

    Summary

    I will definitely keep using ad-aware.

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  • 5 stars

    "Strong virus detection."

    September 22, 2014   |   By D-evans10

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    The program is just, great. Better than any other antivirus in features, detection rate, real-time protection, everthing. It is very customizable and user-friendly. It also has antispyware protection.

    Cons

    Don't see any yet.

    Summary

    This antivirus is working good.

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  • 4 stars

    "why not!!!!"

    September 22, 2014   |   By unicornfirehydrant

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Had Norton but let it expire without knowing what that meant. I didn't want to pay for another year of Norton (very expensive) so I D/L Ad Aware Free. Not a fun process cleaning out all the crap the computer had but at least with Ad Aware, it wasn't so bad. Managed to get everything out. Computer runs perfectly again. I scheduled automatic scans late at night while I sleep and with automatic updates, im always protected.

    Cons

    Great antispyware and antivirus

    Summary

    Lesson is keep ur antivirus updated

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  • 5 stars

    "definitely worth the download"

    September 22, 2014   |   By ChickenFleechood

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    My grandmother tried downloading musin on itunes but instead ended up on some shady site and must have accidentally download a virus. Computer was crazy slow and she got these weird very shady looking pop ups saying she had 67 viruses. I download adaware and installed it in SAfe Mode. Rebooted and run and a scan. It detected so 5 trojans and a few other malicious files that it easily removed. All said and done, the whole process was just seamless. My grandmother kept thanking me thinking it was me who had invented the software, it took me 1 hour to explain to her what a virus and anti virus was LOL

    Cons

    Hey man if this thing saves you the time of having to go to your grandmothers house and spending 2 hours giving computer advice, than its definitely worth soemthing

    Summary

    I personally have been using ad aware for about 8 years and upgraded to the Pro recentely because of the added features I felt I needed. Whats beautiful about this software is the fact that you get the almost the same level of security across the Free and the Pro version. Just more useful and userfriendly features on the Pro.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works like a charm!"

    September 22, 2014   |   By ArmyM16Experts

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    A serious charm! i like how quick it was to setup and start scanning. total time taken from setup to first scan was less than a minute (my internet connection is quick though).

    Cons

    I've yet to see anything serious

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  • 4 stars

    "synced for protection"

    September 22, 2014   |   By crackrocks43

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    all updates are great when they're frequent. They allow my laptop to stay up-to-date with all the latest virus definitions to ensure I never get any viruses. the look is nice and easy and smooth.

    Cons

    no real complaints

    Summary

    Im very impressed with this free software. I've tried a few others but none made me feel as protected as this one did

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  • 5 stars

    "Complete security"

    September 22, 2014   |   By BrendaMarino45

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    prevetns viruses from overriding my computer's security and installing malware on it.

    Cons

    The interface is easy but i'm not a fan of the colors

    Summary

    Gives me the feeling of safety and complete security when using my computer

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