Ad-Aware 2008

Ad-Aware 2008

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15042 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.1.0.11
File Size:
2.68MB
Date Added:
November 05, 2008
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
386,103,717
Downloads Last Week:
60,891
Product ranking:
#2 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 Versions:

    3.9

    out of 15042 votes

    • 5 star: 7005
    • 4 star: 4062
    • 3 star: 1130
    • 2 star: 725
    • 1 star: 2120
  • Current Version:

    3.2

    out of 302 votes

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