Meet the new Ad-Aware, nothing like the old

While the name Ad-Aware remains the same as it has for the past 13 years, everything from the user interface to the code powering Ad-Aware 10 is entirely new.

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus Plus (download), Ad-Aware Personal Security (download), and Ad-Aware Pro Security (download) are substantially new programs. More so than any recent version of Ad-Aware, the suite is usable, lightweight, and worthy of your attention.

That may sound preposterous given how bloated and unwieldy the suite had... Read More &raquo

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Ad-Aware 9.5 upshifts for better performance

The latest version of popular antispyware and antivirus program Ad-Aware comes with bold performance claims. Released today exclusively on CNET, Ad-Aware 9.5 Free Internet Security and Ad-Aware 9.5 Pro Internet Security have seen heavy construction under the hood, according to Lavasoft, and ought to be four to eight times faster than they were in the last release, version 9.0.5.

In addition, the suites now come with a faster installation process, bolstered by a dramatically smaller download that shrunk... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , Ad-aware

Ad-Aware 9 Free First Look video

The free version of Lavasoft's Ad-Aware 9 marks the launch of two new detection engines and some performance tweaks that make it faster. Check out CNET's First Look video, and whether you're a longtime user or new to the program, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

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Tags: freeware , antivirus , Windows software , antimalware , Ad-aware

Ad-Aware levels up its detection engines

In its third update of the year, Ad-Aware receives a hefty change to how it protects you. Lavasoft's Ad-Aware 9 Free, available today exclusively on CNET, debuts two new detection engines as the company fights to keep its well-known freeware competitive.

Lavasoft first started changing Ad-Aware's protection engine more than a year ago in version 8.1, when it introduced Genotype. This heuristics-based technology identified identical snippets of code across multiple threat mutations. In version 9, Genotype receives... Read More &raquo

Tags: freeware , antivirus , Windows software , antimalware , Ad-aware , antispyware

Ad-Aware Free gains antivirus capabilities

The paid upgrade versions of the popular malware remover Ad-Aware have offered antivirus support for more than a year, but now that feature, plus a long-awaited scheduler, have been added to the free version.

On Tuesday, Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3 offered users of its free product those two new features in a minor update.

Although the update sounds small, the addition of a scheduler comes after years of the publisher LavaSoft restricting the feature to its paid upgrades as... Read More &raquo

Tags: freeware , antivirus , Windows software , Ad-aware

Exclusive offer: Get Ad-Aware Plus for $9.95

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CNET Downloads teamed up with Lavasoft to bring you an exclusive special offer: Today only, you can upgrade your free version of Ad-Aware to Ad-Aware Plus for $9.95 (usually $26.95). That's 63 percent off the regular price, so take advantage of this special offer... Read More &raquo

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Ad-Aware gets e-mail scans, tiered rootkit removal

E-mail scanning and a tiered level of rootkit removal come to Ad-Aware in Monday's update to version 8.2. Ad-Aware Free, Ad-Aware Plus, and Ad-Aware Pro now come with e-mail scanning for Microsoft Outlook users, as well as expand the Ad-Aware Live system to block malicious files from downloading, and introduce a tiered rootkit removal system that increases in efficacy as you upgrade Ad-Aware.

The new features are part of the recent expansive approach that Lavasoft has been pushing... Read More &raquo

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New Ad-Aware offers behavioral detection

Lavasoft has updated its popular malware and spyware detection and removal tool Ad-Aware. Rather than a dramatic redo, version 8.1 builds on the improvements made in the previous version. The new version is faster, has better removal abilities, and introduces a behavioral detection engine.

Called Genotype, Ad-Aware's heuristic-based behavioral detection engine isn't explicitly called out in the interface. However, I noticed that files that had been flagged falsely as threats in earlier versions were no longer called out... Read More &raquo

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Ad-Aware's 2010 security bid

One by one, the major Windows security vendors have been updating their antivirus apps and suites to protect against malware. Lavasoft is the latest, but you'll likely know this company better by its flagship product, Ad-Aware.

Like many of the other security apps that have updated for 2010, Ad-Aware 8.1 (download) boasts faster speeds and an engine that detects malware not just by definitions, but by suspicious behavior, too. As with its competitors, Ad-Aware has a three-tiered setup that... Read More &raquo

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Top antispyware software

If you are using a Windows machine or even a Mac running Windows in a virtual environment, you need to pay attention to security. At the very least, you should always have at least one program for each of the major security threats: antispyware, antivirus, and a software firewall (if you don't already have a router-based firewall). Some antivirus suites have begun to include antispyware in their software, so if you have antivirus software, check to make sure you're covered.... Read More &raquo

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