Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15775 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.06
  • Total Downloads:
    387,468,757
  • Date Added:
    February 12, 2007
  • 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 852 votes

    • 5 star 509
    • 4 star 262
    • 3 star 46
    • 2 star 10
    • 1 star 25
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15775 votes

    • 5 star 7463
    • 4 star 4309
    • 3 star 1155
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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4 stars

"A solid, free, spyware scanner"

October 12, 2007  |  By wcforan

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

AdAware SE Personal loads quickly, is easy to configure, has just the right number of scan-type options including a quick "smart-scan," and is easy to use. Compared to the newer AdAware 2007, this version is leaner and simpler.

Cons

For free, one can't really ask for more, but if you wanted to anyway, real-time scanning would probably be the desired missing option (although it is offered in the paid version). A recent PC World test of the newer version of AdAware found that it missed a large number of spyware-contaminated files, and if the definition files for SE are the same, as I expect they are, this reinforces the popular wisdom of scanning with two separate engines.

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5 stars

"Great program and I have recommended it to my family and friends."

May 28, 2007  |  By cunningham736

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Very effective and so wonderful that it is shareware for those of use who cannot afford other protective software. Thank you!!

Cons

There is nothing I don't like. It is all great.

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4 stars

"I like the ease of use and updating ease"

May 20, 2007  |  By carol1951

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

The product can be set to pick up updates which is easy. It can be set to check your system and it finds any signs of viruses and rates them so they can be removed.

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4 stars

"Very Good"

May 12, 2007  |  By hhgatica

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Very quick and complete

Cons

lack of automatic scanning

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5 stars

" Is perfect to complement your antivirus and run your pc OK"

May 11, 2007  |  By prizioza

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

So many!

Cons

I have used it for a long time and I donÂ?t find cons

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5 stars

"Did far more than MS maliciousware could do"

May 09, 2007  |  By trouttamer

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

I was having big problems surfing the Net. Lost functions of my browser and did many scans from the free download sites. Only to find out that in order for these programs to remove the problemsI had to buy their software. MS updated their software and the browsers was restored and I could start surfing again. i started downloading programs again which I could not do in most cases. I tried many products and none meet my likings. Finally I hit the motherlaod and instaled Ad-Aware SE. Run the scans and removed a the yacky stuff out of my computer for free. What more could I ask for? It worked and so deos my computer. Thank you so very much Ad-Aware your product is great

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4 stars

"It is was easy to follow"

May 09, 2007  |  By Roxy Roller 66

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Still learning more about it.

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5 stars

"Deadly effective, easy fast and simpleto use."

May 07, 2007  |  By devilwoman999

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Easy and fast way to remove all your adware problems.

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4 stars

"Fast and easy to use."

May 07, 2007  |  By jerry4110

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

Ad-Aware is a great product and fairly descriptive in what it has found and is ready to delete from your system.

Cons

Downloading was a little tricky. Ad-Aware left a few cookies behind that other products later found and deleted. Maybe the "paid for" version would be more thorough.

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5 stars

"Great and Free"

May 06, 2007  |  By bry27

 |  Version: Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06

Pros

This is a great FREE spyware removal tool. With this and Spybot, you can't go wrong.

Cons

Not a con about the program but some of the peoples' reviews...if you want real-time protection, PAY FOR IT. I don't know of any program that offers that for free.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.06
New in version 1.06: Disk-scan is approximately 30 percent faster. CSI scan is now more efficient. Added "Scan for low-risk threats" option, to scan for targets with low TAC index. Ad-Watch CSI engine performance highly improved; using less CPU and Memory as well as having a smaller footprint. GUI adapted to use the new TAC.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date February 12, 2007
Date Added February 12, 2007
Version 1.06
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 98
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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