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Ad-Aware 2008

CNET 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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    • 2 star: 723
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  • Current version:

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    out of 302 votes

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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use with more options."

    March 4, 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 3.0 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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