Thursday, June 7th 2007

Ad-Aware 2007 Free Launched

Anyone who currently uses Ad-Aware SE Personal (the free version of Ad-Aware) should be pleased to hear Ad-Aware 2007 Free has now been launched by Lavasoft. Ad-Aware is one of the most popular spyware scanners available, and definitely worth a try if you don’t already use it. This is the list of new features:
  • Redesigned Engine – Benefit from superior program flexibility and more accurate scanning methods with all-new program architecture.
  • Improved Code Sequence Identification (CSI) Technology – Boost your privacy protection with precise detection of embedded malware, including known and emerging threats.
  • Incremental Definition File Updates – Save precious time and resources with smaller update files resulting in faster download times.
  • TrackSweep - Control privacy by erasing tracks left behind while surfing the Web on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, with one easy click.
  • Multiple Browser Support – Choose Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera with expanded browser support.
  • New Straightforward User Interface – Effortlessly maneuver the complexities of malware detection and removal with our new user-friendly interface.
You can download Ad-Aware 2007 Free from here.Source: Lavasoft

Update: please note, Ad-Aware 2007 does not yet work with Vista - although it looks like Lavasoft is working on Vista support and it should be available soon.
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14 Comments on Ad-Aware 2007 Free Launched

#1
GJSNeptune
Haven't seen a need to install Ad-aware for awhile, but I might try this.
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a111087
i use 4 anti-spyware and 1 anti-virus and all i can say is Ad-aware isn't the best (slow and not very efficient), but hey, it's free! :D
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#3
devguy
Thought I'd add this from the lavasoft website:
"Note: Ad-Aware 2007 is not Vista ready. All valid licenses will be upgraded to the Vista compatible version for free upon release."

Doesn't affect me on xp x64, but it may affect some of you.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
spybot to me is one of the best, but Ad-Aware isnt too bad. Ive seen a couple better ones out there. Webroots Web Washer or whatever, that is an awesome one.

Ill give this a go when I get home from work.
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#6
a111087
Spyware Doctor is very slow, but amazingly efficient
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#7
GJSNeptune
by: a111087
Spyware Doctor is very slow, but amazingly efficient
That makes no sense. Typically, if something is efficient, it isn't considered slow.
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#8
EastCoasthandle
by: GJSNeptune
That makes no sense. Typically, if something is efficient, it isn't considered slow.
It makes perfect sense:
-hard drive speed plays a pivotal role in how fast a scanner like that works
-what actually is being scanned

Some of you are simply not thinking this through properly. If a ad-ware or anti virus scans very fast it's probably doing so at the cost of searching in specific areas only. Now when the program is set to scan most (if not all) of your HD it's going to take a while. You also have to consider the speed in which the HD operates. Some of you complaining that a particular scanner is "slow" for you is only telling on yourself how slow your HD is in some cases.
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#9
GJSNeptune
I think you're mistaking efficient for effective.
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Jimmy 2004
by: a111087
i use 4 anti-spyware and 1 anti-virus and all i can say is Ad-aware isn't the best (slow and not very efficient), but hey, it's free! :D
Maybe the new one is faster? I haven't had a chance to try it yet, just about to install.
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#11
Darkrealms
Cool, I've still got Ad-Aware6 that I've been giving to people that want it, for a while there PE just cause memory problems. I just started playing with the free avast, so I guess I'll look into this one too.
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#12
OnBoard
by: Jimmy 2004
Maybe the new one is faster? I haven't had a chance to try it yet, just about to install.
Slower and a lot slower =) But might be better too. Can't tell, only finds tracking cookies, like the previous one usually (and that's not a bad thing :P).
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#13
theonetruewill
My Quick Analysis of Ad-aware 2007

Full Scan ran for 28 minutes on my computer, with all settings for enhanced scanning/detection enabled. For the first time it seems to be able to delve into archives although this takes a long time. My HD has 150GB of data on it.

Found 143 item altogether (checked for integrity in these results and it's not lieing - although some were really quite negligible)
To compare this to the older variant, I scanned first with that. Nothing was found with the older version. Ther older version took around 19 minutes, again with all scanning options set to max and some other plugins/tweakers.

My Conclusion:
A bit bloated and there are more disabled "tools" that encourage you to get the commericial version. Howver more effective scanning engine and I believe more efficient too. Although it took longer, it scanned in far more places and in archives (Nearly 40% more files) so therefore more efficient in my mind.

Good job - Worth the download

(see sys specs for details on the computer it ran on)
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#14
ex_reven
by: WarEagleAU
spybot to me is one of the best, but Ad-Aware isnt too bad.

Ill give this a go when I get home from work.
Same here :)

CCleaner is also good for clearing out crap. Crap Cleaner...self explanatory :laugh:
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