Ad-Aware 2008

Ad-Aware 2008

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15963 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.1.0.11
  • Total Downloads:
    387,859,624
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 05, 2008
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70,168
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Anti-Spyware

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

    3.2

    out of 302 votes

    • 5 star 61
    • 4 star 99
    • 3 star 52
    • 2 star 32
    • 1 star 58
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15963 votes

    • 5 star 7581
    • 4 star 4372
    • 3 star 1161
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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1 stars

"Don't waste your time, cure is worse than sickness..."

March 24, 2009  |  By McGuiver1000

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

Good exercise trying to get it to work and failing...

Cons

I just doesn't work and neither does their tech support unless you pay them $30.00 and hour...

Summary

It sucks...

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1 stars

"errors in loading"

March 22, 2009  |  By rjswami

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

i haven't been able to use it. i was using ad-aware 2008 with no problems but the offer to use the anniversary edition it erased all previous versions

Cons

and then it installing the anniversary edition it says docume/hp_admin\locals\temp\mia2 can't be found so i am going to have to look for a substitute program for this service.

Summary

i can't return to ad=aware 2008 as the previous version is no longer there.

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3 stars

"summary my review?"

March 21, 2009  |  By solsort

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

it is easy too use and it works for me fine

Cons

if it possibly too those danish it vill help me a lot, all the way, too download

Summary

i am not a pro, bot it is easy to me too use, other had sad too me this is a good program too use,therefore i use it

Thomas from denmark

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4 stars

"Easy to use with more options."

March 04, 2009  |  By mmkid6396

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

Ease of use, quickly finds spam & other items that bog down a computer and removes them, without tying up your computer's resources.

Cons

Not really any that I can think of. It does install into your taskbar & you may want to change that, along with not allowing Adaware to engage at start-up.

Summary

Good program to use, easy for those not into major tech programs, quickly removes spam & other items. Definitely recommend!

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3 stars

"Irritating waits for server to download or to scan."

February 22, 2009  |  By palzm

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

It does seem to work.

Cons

Slow; automated features are a mixed bag (not all good); unsure of its compatibility with Microsoft (seems to cause system errors).

Summary

I use it because I haven't found anything better for free.

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1 stars

"slows me down"

February 21, 2009  |  By mygert

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

I found nothing to impress.

Cons

slowed my system down so much.

Summary

The earlier version was more superior without interfering with my computing experience. I regret taking the time to download this updated version(which also took long enough in itself!)

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4 stars

"New version scans faster and is easier to use."

February 20, 2009  |  By philru

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

New version has some active protection.

Cons

Takes a long time to load. Desktop icon keeps re appearing on desktop when moved.

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3 stars

"not as good as its predeccesor, but still valuable"

February 19, 2009  |  By WmJB

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

catches most adware missed by avg free

Cons

says it found malware products that really don't exist on my computer, afterchking with other backup malware catchers.

Summary

I have a reasonable knowledge of windows xp registry and also my own programs and I have found Ad-aware indicating malware product when none exist. each time this has happened ad-aware says it can't fix[ex. quarantine or delete]. After checking all sources mentioned individually it turns out to be a mirage. Hopefully lavasoft will fixt this situation soon.

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4 stars

"It works ok for me, and its easy to use."

February 17, 2009  |  By nosight2003

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

It is easy to use, updates are fine. You dont have to have alot of computer knowledge to use adware.

Cons

Dont really like that the icon is on tool bar and on desktop.

Summary

I have had no problems with running scans I think adware works okay for me. I would recommend it.

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3 stars

"Not as good as earlier version"

February 17, 2009  |  By gvs1566

 |  Version: Ad-Aware 2008 7.1.0.11

Pros

Can't say any

Cons

Takes very long for scan. Somewhat complicated to use

Summary

Lost its charm from it's earlier versions

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.1.0.11
Version 7.1.0.11 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date November 05, 2008
Date Added November 05, 2008
Version 7.1.0.11
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista(32- and 64-bit)
Download Information
File Size 1.84MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,859,624
Downloads Last Week 70,168
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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