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Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

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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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  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 14,295 votes

    • 5 star: 6437
    • 4 star: 3909
    • 3 star: 1114
    • 2 star: 723
    • 1 star: 2112
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 1,925 votes

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    • 2 star: 53
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  • 1.0 stars

    "STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT."

    July 2, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "the anniversary editions not anywhere near as good"

    March 6, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cannot get the download to work"

    May 9, 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    May 6, 2007  |   By alyssakreis

    Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

    Pros

    its free!

    Cons

    not every song is free

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I ONLY PREFFER AVG ANTI VIRUS"

    May 1, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's very powerfull"

    March 9, 2007  |   By TC Arthur

    Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

    Pros

    It's very simple

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