Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15788 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.06
  • Total Downloads:
    387,468,757
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2005
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    92,412
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Read a CNET review of the full version of Lavasoft Ad-Aware.

One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition's excellent reputation is well justified. The sky-blue, skinnable interface features five buttons. The first two, Status and Scan, lead to the core function of the application. These buttons initiate a scan of your files for adware components. After scanning is complete, the program presents a summary of results, followed by a list from which you select exactly which components to remove. Right-clicking an individual entry gives some information about the piece of suspected adware, though we would like more details.

Ad-Aware SE can alert you to more malignant forms of malware by separating items into critical and negligible categories. The third button, Ad-Watch, is nonfunctional in the Standard version. The fourth button, Plug-ins, shows you which Ad-Aware plug-ins are installed. The fifth leads to the help files.Ad-Aware SE does an excellent job of quickly finding and removing most adware and spyware components, although you will have to restart and rescan for a seriously infected machine. We were pleased to see an auto-update feature included with the program, keeping Ad-Aware up-to-date with the latest adware components. Ad-Aware SE should be part of your arsenal for keeping your machine free of adware and spyware components.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 1925 votes

    • 5 star 1262
    • 4 star 417
    • 3 star 105
    • 2 star 53
    • 1 star 88
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15788 votes

    • 5 star 7471
    • 4 star 4314
    • 3 star 1155
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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1 stars

"STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT."

July 02, 2012  |  By JudyFrancaise

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

None at all....

Cons

Slows down and clogs your system.
Lavasoft safe search hijacks you browser and replaces the tool bar with Blekko - which many sites are describing as a virus and extremely difficult to get rid of. Blekko is not a legitimate seach engine. Rather, it redirects you to commerical sites (for the purpose of spamming???)

Summary

Lavasoft should be ashamed of this product. The Blekko issue alone should be enough to totally ruin their reputation.I tried to remove it with add/remove programs from the control panel but I was still having real issues with Blekko and my computer. I called Lavasoft 800 support number after my two laptops were practically paralyzed from downloading ad aware. I got a tech guy (from India) who said my problems were a result of not correctly uninstalling the software but he said could be fix it. I had to allow him access to my computer through logmein.123 which I did. He then started showing me all the problems that needed to be fixed and that he was going to redirect me to his manager. The manager then told me that my computer was full of corrupt files etc and that I needed to pay $100 to have it fixed otherwise it was serious. I asked him simply to remove the ad aware and the Blekko and I would deal with the rest. He said they would fix nothing unless I paid. I hung up very upset.
I solved the Blekko problems by reconfiguring my browsers and /or uninstalling and reinstalling. I have found several sites which strongly recommend you remove all the vestiges of the intrusive Blekko from your registry as well.

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1 stars

"Stay away! Hijacks "page not found""

May 14, 2012  |  By __Patrick__

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

After trying ad-aware you'll never use a Lavasoft product again.

Cons

It has a "safe browing" plugin. I deactivated it right away, but even after deinstalling the software, it still hijacks the browser "page not found" redirecting you to an adpage with yahoo search.

If you've been hit with it, you can remove it uninstalling from the control panel the Ad-aware browser toolbar. Even if you choose not to install it, there it is.

Summary

Never saw an anti-ad program that hijacks the browser to display ads. The sofware has changed a lot since years have passed and it couldn't have been worse.

More than ad-aware, this is adware.

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1 stars

"Crashes my system and disables my firewall"

January 25, 2012  |  By techismybiz

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Works fine, blocks viruses, scans fast, looks good.

Cons

Crashes my system about 50% of the time on startup with "windows system cannot start" error which also disables my firewall and all Windows security features. If I go on the net after that message my computer is wide open to anyone. Only started after I installed Adaware. I removed the product, no more errors or firewall problems. I just can't tolerate that kind of stuff.

Summary

Won't install again, definitely would not spend money on it.

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5 stars

"the anniversary editions not anywhere near as good"

March 06, 2009  |  By LyndonBushnell

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

looks ok but thats all.

Cons

when it comes to using adaware free ive been using it for years & know it well, the newer anniversary one does not let you have control & wont show you much at all, take my advise & stick with the before one.

Summary

keep with the older version.

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5 stars

"Great Protection!"

September 17, 2008  |  By m_mirrador

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

This program will discover things that even Norton Doesn't fnd.

Cons

I haven't found any cons accept that maybe the pro price can be reduced a little

Summary

This is a very great spyware protection program...easy to use.

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1 stars

"Cannot get the download to work"

May 09, 2007  |  By W C Bussa

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Cannot get the download to work

Cons

Cannot get the download to work

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5 stars

"its free downloads what can be bad about it ?"

May 06, 2007  |  By alyssakreis

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

its free!

Cons

not every song is free

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3 stars

"I ONLY PREFFER AVG ANTI VIRUS"

May 01, 2007  |  By shiv prasad dhavala

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

I CANNOT EXPRESS ABOUT THE PRODUCT, BUT IT IS EXCELENT

Cons

NO DRAWBACK

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2 stars

"its slows and you cant close if you do its says needs admintrator tools to close"

April 15, 2007  |  By oldbifocals

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

The Product could be used in a different setting but not on Games on lines just not good

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4 stars

"It's very powerfull"

March 09, 2007  |  By TC Arthur

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

It's very simple

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date May 27, 2005
Date Added May 27, 2005
Version 1.06
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,468,757
Downloads Last Week 92,412
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Real time protection disabled
Price Free

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