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Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
out of 13302 votes out of 108 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.7
  • Total Downloads:
    391,623,873
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 09, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try; paid upgrade available ; $27.96 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.43MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,528
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #5 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware's excellent reputation is well-justified. The Anniversary Edition continues the publisher's tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but is still not quite perfect.

Without a doubt, though, this version of Ad-Aware improves greatly on what has come before. It loads faster during your boot cycle. Scans take less time than before, too--the Quick Scan completed in less than 10 minutes. Although we did notice a major false positive crop up for another program's uninstaller, there were no other flaws in the scan. New users should notice that the app performs faster than integrated antivirus and antimalware programs, because only the paid version of Ad-Aware comes with an antivirus engine.

Some important features are disabled in the free version. While rootkit detection is present, heuristics and real-time registry protection are not. Ad-Aware Free cannot scan networked drives, and even a basic feature like the scheduler remains off-limits to nonpaying customers. The proprietary real-time defender Ad-Watch Live has been reconfigured to run more smoothly in the background, however, and long-time fans will notice the change.

Interface refinements make this the easiest-to-use Ad-Aware yet. Action button placement at the bottom of the pane might feel odd to those familiar with older versions, but the forced continuity between windows is a plus. Links to drill down to more information are easy to see, as is the Settings button. Overall, Ad-Aware continues to make improvements and seems to be unwilling to rest on its malware-removing laurels, but the free version is undeniably hamstrung.

 
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 108 votes

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  • All Versions

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    out of 13302 votes

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.7
Version 8.0.7 adds new adware definitions.
General
Publisher adaware
Publisher web site https://www.adaware.com/
Release Date July 09, 2009
Date Added July 09, 2009
Version 8.0.7
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.43MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 391,623,873
Downloads Last Week 1,528
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $27.96

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