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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
While this application offers a decent set of features, it's not as robust as it needs to be to fight the ever-present threat of pernicious adware. Adware Spyware SE scans your computer (memory, Registry, and hard disk) for threats, whether they be adware or spyware. It also monitors computer processes, items that launch during start-up, and browser settings (such as bookmarks) for undesirable programs. One of our biggest complaints is how the application handles ActiveX. Instead of gauging the threat of specific ActiveX programs, it simply blocks all of them. What's more, during testing we intentionally installed several well-known spyware components to see if Adware Spyware SE would nab them; unfortunately, it didn't. To top it all off, the demo won't even remove the components it does find; you have to pay for that privilege. Overall, while the program's feature set is good, its performance and trial restriction leave something to be desired.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1.5


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added May 4, 2006
Version 2.1.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP


Total Downloads 421,665
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Adware Spyware SE detects adware, and spyware. Adware Spyware SE removes keyloggers, browser hijackers, and detects Trojans. Our Privacy Keeper allows users to remove tracking cookies, temporary files, and more. Additional functionality include a top notched computer analyzer (Which detects md5 calculations and monitors DLLs), a Process Manager (for analyzing processes), a Favorite Protection System (For preventing auto-insertion of favorites in IE), A start-up monitor (For detecting changes to your start-up), a host manager (for managing host files), a homepage monitor (for homepage protection), a port monitor (For monitoring of potential Threats and port activity), and a Privacy Keeper (for advanced privacy protection).

Version 2.1.5 includes upgrade to ActiveX.

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