A users favorite utility for removing spyware and adware; Lavasoft has updated it’s Ad-Aware program. Improvements include better detection, a scanning engine that does not use so many system resources, and a new updated interface.
Scanning has definitely been improved. Scan times (At least in my case) dropped by approximately 45%. This new version is supposed to have a new ability to seek out and delete rootkits and other threats that have been previously difficult to remove.
A privacy tool has been added so you can remove all traces of your Internet browsing history from your system. This feature supports the Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers.
You will also notice the program’s new interface which is available in all versions. It includes more than just cosmetic changes. You will find tools and tweaking are much easier. The new version of Ad-Aware also implements an improved handling of definition updates.
All this and it’s still free. Of course their are more options and protection available with the pay versions. Such options include:
Ad-Watch RegShield– provides improved protection against attempted Registry changes
Hosts File Editor– which blocks advertisement sites, prevents browser hijack attempts, and offers limited parental controls.
The Scheduler– allows you to set automatic scans and updates.
The Pro version has even more protection; Such as tools to identify keyloggers and prevent identity theft, and as well a network option to scan multiple PC’s on a network.
Note: New versions of Ad-Aware 2007 do not currently support the Vista operating system. Vista-compatible versions are slated for release in August 2007.
Ad-aware 2007 has been much improved. Once the release of the Vista compatible version is made available I will test the version and blog my findings.