Ad-Aware 12 Fileforum Pick

3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 (1024 votes)


Windows 7/8/10 / Freeware / 5,765,385 downloads

Ad-Aware is designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.

Ad-Aware Free is available for personal home use only. Commercial use is prohibited.

Reviews of Ad-Aware

  1. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.8 (Aug 28, 2015)

    "AdwCleaner" is better, search for it in the BetaNews File Forum

  2. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.5.200 (Dec 30, 2014)

    funny how this used to be the #1 program ... now it is #999
    and just plain junk

  3. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.3.6321 (Sep 3, 2014)


  4. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.1.5354.0 (Mar 11, 2014)


  5. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.1.5354.0 (Feb 17, 2014)

    most excellent

  6. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.1.5354.0 (Feb 4, 2014)


  7. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11.1.5354.0 (Jan 29, 2014)

    seems like ad-aware is also adware lol. couldn't even get this removed from my system.

  8. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 22, 2013)

    very solid tool

  9. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 11 Beta (Jul 26, 2013)

    Used to use this when it was good, haven't touched it in over 2 years, I too remember why. looks like they haven't learned.

  10. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 25, 2013)

    dont install Ive tried uninsttalling for 2 days still cant get rid of it worse still cant install other security. no help from lavasoft screwed totally

  11. 5 out of 5 stars
    Fred G. Sanford

    Reviewing (Jun 21, 2013)

    Flop? You haven't even tried the current version.

  12. 1 out of 5 stars
    New Doraemon

    Reviewing (Jun 21, 2013)


  13. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2013)

    There is a totally new interface & engine, the new AV module is actually from Vipre & the program runs well with little slowdown or bloat.

    The problem is Ad-Aware was years ago great but recently was dreadful, bloated & very resource hungry so it's going to take time for it to regain any sort of reputation esp with past users. - The pay version isn't expensive - Time will tell but looking much better - Worth a try now.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 19, 2013)

    I remember the anti-spyware version of this program falling out of favour a few years ago, when it did indeed become very resource - hungry. It's now a full Antivirus & Antispyware package and very light on the system wherever I've used it.

    Best of all, the Antivirus comparison sites list it up there among the top handful for the level of protection it gives.

  15. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 14, 2013)

    this program is crap, it absolutely destroys any resource positives you might have on your system. boooo

  16. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 22, 2012)

    it will take a million neg votes to take this junk down

  17. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 18, 2012)

    Another piece of software that used to rank at the Top of malware fighters, then they decided to add a bunch of unnecessary crap to it. Like spybot s&d it is no longer worth the down load.

  18. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 2, 2012)

    Ad-Aware is a formerly great anti-adware program that used to be one of the most effective. The industry has caught up and now other competing free and paid applications use less resources and are more effective at finding and removing adware, malware, viruses, etc.

  19. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 26, 2012)

    Junk, puts a severe load on your processes.

  20. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 21, 2012)

    try ca anti virus, for me its the best,
    i have a copy, license will expire on 2015,
    you can download it here>> ca-anti-virus dot weebly dot com


  21. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 17, 2012)

    Its really good, only thing is that new versions are heavy on loading.

  22. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 15, 2012)

    worse than a virus
    It makes my computer slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    until I un-installed it

  23. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 14, 2012)

    From the home page ~ 'Hard Disk 300 MB free space recommended'

    Ridiculous size, was good some years ago now bloated & not particularly good ~ Mbam wipes the floor with it.

  24. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 10.0.173 Beta (Mar 27, 2012)

    decided to give this a try after not using it for awhile. Now I remember why I got rid of it in the first place. Bleh

  25. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 10.0.173 Beta (Mar 27, 2012)

    This is Ad-Aware Pro Security (Antivirus), not just a Malware Scanner.

  26. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 9, 2012)

    i guess it will be ok but i cant from quarantine select ignore and when i try to add file to ignore i cant becouse it delete it before i manage to add to ignore list :D

  27. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 9.6 (Nov 5, 2011)

    Version 9.6 with ad watch live and browser watch and toolbar is a disaster on XP running IE8. Open in new tab command takes five minutes to open the page, then opens it in a new window instead. It slows all pages from opening, even in same window/tab to the point where you have to think the browser has crashed/frozen. And to add insult to injury, this latest trash version does not allow you to disable or remove the ad watch live feature. Once AdAware 9.6 is uninstalled, all browsing returns to normal. This app is as bad or worse than a virus infection.

  28. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 9.5 (Sep 1, 2011)

    It WAS a good tool back when i used Windows 2000. Remember all the plugins you could download. Remove alt datastreams and so on. Today, a complete waste of time... Version 6 is the best, the rest is crap.....

  29. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing (May 2, 2011)

    Maybe after running the installer it then goes to the site and dl's the true file?

  30. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 2, 2011)

    @Input Overload

    What are you talking about, the size it only 9.5MB.

  31. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 6, 2011)

    Each new version is yuckkkk...where's version 6 gpne ? simple interface and better performance and real good program ( i'm talking about version 6 )

  32. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 4, 2011)

    Hehe.. does the author even bother to look here and see that people are disgusted by his work?

  33. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 3, 2011)

    I don't think they're as *aware* ... :) v6 was something completely different. Yet another good program went to bloatware hell. Shame.

  34. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing (Mar 3, 2011)

    Eeeeeeeek, look at the size of the download, all my anti-malware software put together are smaller. I'm not even going to DL it to test as the download size itself gives it a 1.

  35. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 3, 2011)

    This is junk. I still have that old version 6 Pro something on my Win 2000 computer running, with the last def-file for that version. LOL ! Nostalgic memories. Back then it was small, fast and did its too big, too slow and almost useless.

  36. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 7, 2010)

    125MB? This used to be such a nice piece of software - now it's a useless hog. Well not useless cause I guess it *does* actually work - but I'm not gonna install a 125mb woth of anti-ad-ware software!
    Get back to your roots!

  37. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 9.0 (Dec 7, 2010)

    Once was the best, now one of the worst!!

  38. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.3.5 (Dec 1, 2010)

    I remember the days of 1.06, when this app was only a few meg. It was fast, and worked great.

    This new stuff is complete garbage. 125MB!?!?! Spybot, MalwareBytes, and SuperAntispyware's installers COMBINED are smaller.

  39. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.3.5 (Dec 1, 2010)

    The Fallen King, ultra BLOAT !

    Use Antimalware or SuperAntispyware

  40. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 8.3.5 (Dec 1, 2010)

    It was a good program years ago, but the developers seem to have lost their way. And 125 Meg download, compare that to 'Malwarebytes' 8 Meg & a far better program.

  41. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 8.3.3 (Sep 9, 2010)

    Massive size, IMHO a piece of junk, what has happened I don't know as it used to be so good. Maybe the dev team should get a metaphorical blank piece of paper & start again.

  42. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.2 (May 7, 2010)

    Ad-aware used to be such a good program. I used it for about 10 years and it caught just about everything on my computer. Since they upgraded to the Anniversary Edition, it is completely useless. I have a computer with xp and a gig of ram which is plenty for xp and it constantly locks up my computer and uses almost half of my RAM. Locks up the computer to the point that I can’t even use it, even when it is not scanning. I tried to go back to some of the older versions, but they made it where you cannot update them anymore. One only gets to 5% and will not update, the other gives and error retrieving update at 84%. And none of the other versions will let you update either. Since the new version is useless and locks up the computer and they have disabled the older versions from being updated, I am forced to switch to another program. I am going to go back to Mal-Ware Bytes Anti-Malware as that does not lock up my computer and does the job.

  43. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.2 (Mar 5, 2010)


    Has been a good solid program up until this release – DO NOT DOWNLOAD AD-AWARE 8.2!! YOU WILL REGRET IT!! It has serious compatibility issues with Windows 7. The program keeps switching itself off leaving you the customer UNPROTECTED! All you see is a red ‘x’ in the Action Center stating that Ad-Aware is SWITCHED OFF!

    I have had Ad-Aware for a number of years and found it to be generally a good all round program. I downloaded Ad-Aware 8.2 and straight away I kept seeing a red ‘x’ in the Action Center saying it had switched itself off! I’ve also noticed that the program FREEZES UP during routine scans! It seriously STOPS your PC in its tracks and causes havoc because you have to go about re-booting to try to take control of your PC again! Contacted Customer Service who were UNSYMPATHETIC and they had NO ANSWER!!!!! Poor service and unfinished program release!!!!!

  44. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 8.2 (Feb 15, 2010)

    Used to be a fair program years ago when malware wasn't as prevalent. I use Malwarebytes now and Comodo firewall. I also run Spybot and Superantispyware. I presume they work as I have never been infected in all my years of internet activity. I don't think just one program secures your PC so I always run a few apps. Seems to work for me.

  45. 1 out of 5 stars
    New Doraemon

    Reviewing 8.1.0 (Dec 25, 2009)

    Together with Spybot S&D (rate detection wise, not the SSD browser protection which is quite good IMO), the urban legends of antimalware software. Some of our clients (the ones that think that they know about computers) install one or both by themselves without even knowing how they work. Even if they did, the malware caught by these products aren't the real bad ones which can throw a Windows to the rubbish bin.
    Go get something useful like Malwarebytes, SpywareBlaster, Combofix, avast!, Avira or even MSSE (depending on your specific needs, of course).

  46. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (May 7, 2009)

    I was tryn to update my old version and found out its over...and so is this product. I did uninstall but not able to load new one[xppro] so I went to START>RUN>REGEDIT>FIND>AD AWARE...found some still hanging around in registry>removed it...installed and then I read the forum and then everything that you have found on here was to late. I normally review something and let it simmer for a while. But I was O.K. with this eariler product and ran with it. I got rid of AVG on my other PC went/w AVIRA. bEEN VERY HAPPY. Also run THREAT FIRE. This combo is on my 2 other PCs and reviewed it before I loaded them...the combo is easy and works fine. Only thing is pop up which if you want you can trn off...JUST SAY NO to Ad-Aware!

  47. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Mar 16, 2009)

    This review covers the interface, not any internal scanning capabilities.

    Text in the GUI looks washed-out and blurry. Of course they are using all custom controls, so forget about using keyboard shortcuts like Tab or Escape. Is the whole thing just a giant clickable bitmap? How about rescinning regular Windows instead of going back to the year 2000 when owner-draw controls were The Sh*t, and everyone had to have their cool rounded button?

  48. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 23, 2009)

    Unfortunately, I'm not happy with this program as it seems to become more bloated overtime. A common problem with many program, indeed. Anyway it install some background services that start up with your computer. That just pisses me off.

  49. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 21, 2009)

    Really nice that you now don't have to be running a service all the time now!!
    Just open services.msc and find Lavasoft Service, then change start type to Manual. Then it will work just like Ad-Aware SE did. PERFECT!!
    After scanning just right click the tray application and select Exit Ad-Aware :D

    Thanks again for this!

  50. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 21, 2009)

    Well done Lavasoft, Radically reduced computer resource use its now only 18% of CPU during scans which is an improvement of 60% over the previous version, and markedly better than top competitors including AVG, Kaspersky, Norton 360, and PC Tools.Scans hitting 36 MB per second which tops scanning speeds over AVG, Kaspersky, Norton, and PC Tools. Behavior-based heuristics methodology to pinpoint the newest forms of malware which is always good in my book. Overhauled real-time blocking with the newly integrated Ad-Watch Live! (Realtime protection finally) Lavasoft SmartSet is set with default settings based on their expert recommendations meaning you are ‘good to go’ immediately after installation. Learn how to use a PC first then you can comment objectively.

  51. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 20, 2009)

    I have made various attemps to get this program to run. It just won't start!

    ADDENDUM: The program is now running. If you are having the same problem there is a topic pinned on the Lavasoft forum that should solve the problem:

    I have no way to measure if Ad-Aware catches more or less bugs than other programs and I don't *copy* information from vendor's websites, but I can say it is much easier to use and has more operable features than previous free versions. I will use Ad-Aware along with several others, as it is my understanding that no single malware detector can remove all of the bugs.

    ADDENDUM 2: A Major frustration: Regardless of how you configure the automatic updates settings, they are forced upon you. When Ad-Aware starts, it places an entry in the Scheduled Tasks folder. If you remove the entry, it is replaced the next time Ad-Aware starts. There are ways to block this action, but why should we have to?

    Incidentally, I just visited the Ad-Aware forum and there are already 12 pages of problem reports. I'm beginning to think this program is not ready for prime time.

    ADDENDUM 3: WARNING! Study the forum before deciding to use AE. Your entire system could be wiped out! I won't use AE again until it matures and the myriad of problems are resolved.

  52. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 20, 2009)

    Too bad people rate software like this one by the amount of "threats" found, not thinking some OR most of them can be or ARE False Positives.

  53. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 20, 2009)

    Super fast...Smart scan was under 10 minutes. Also LOVE the new background scan option. Found a keylogger, and identified lots of cookies. Really good start!

  54. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 20, 2009)

    Ad-Aware used to be great. I have given them many chances, even recently, to redeem themselves.

    The truth is, they just don't remove as much spyware as other programs available. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SuperAntiSpyware are at the top of my list right now. They are much better at removing vundo and smitfraud variants.

  55. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 20, 2009)

    I truly appreciate what they've done in the past. Ad-Aware, however, has degraded since upgrading from SE. At first it would just hang trying to get updates. That's fixed, to their credit. My biggest complain is it's slow. I have several utilities in my toolkit and, unfortunately, I've had to remove Ad-Aware.

  56. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Anniversary Edition (Jan 20, 2009)

    I don't know what you are all complaining about, this is way faster than the likes of Avira on my system and also doesn't slow my computer to a standstill like that program does.

    The interface looks better than AVGs big awkward one and Avira's dull program. I like this new Ad-Aware and think it is much improved and protects me well without making me pay a cent. Of course they have to have a paid version with extra functions, how on earth would these companies have people working for them if they gave it only for free? They dont have volunteers finding the malware.

    I like it. Much better than 2008.

  57. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 15, 2008)

    too bad I can't go lower then 1


  58. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 11, 2008)

    I give it a 3 out of 5 because at least they still release a free version, but I don't care for it much.

  59. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 10, 2008)

    Indeed, it has gone from Great to Horrible... With the availability of rootkit removers, SpyBot S&D, and Spyware Blaster, this app is not even in my installation suite any longer! Sorry Lavasoft, you lost me! :(

  60. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 5, 2008)

    This thing stinks to high Heaven. Adaware has taken a free program that worked well and was so fast and user friendly I would have been perfectly willing to pay for it, and COMPLETELY ruined it. I Can't see how some can write a favorable review of this extremely user unfriendly bloatware.

    Maybe I am old-fashioned, but I think a superior product should get the job done without eating up valuable space AND be user friendly. This crap is none of the above.

    Those Einstein-like geniuses who are convinced that everyone else is stupid and should remain silent until earning their doctorate in computer sciences need to keep their snide remarks to themselves too. The overwhelming adundance of bad reviews on this product speaks for itself. 1 star is really too much.

  61. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 24, 2008)

    Always some problem in updating the definitions

  62. 3 out of 5 stars
    the artist

    Reviewing (May 21, 2008)

    lukasavage / Das Mod: While the "review" article written by Betanews was not much in favor to the program, it doesn't justify "1" ratings.

    Ahem... The program in this 2008 version aint that bad, if you consider it as PAYWARE and you actually get it full, just because of how wide it is.
    Its indeed light and perfectly responsive, but it's dead slow for a full scan. I really disliked that it seems to have Ad-Watch free, but it doesnt!!!
    v2007 has been treated to harshly by many jumpy users. And just get over it, software aint about lowest mem usage at all.

  63. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 15, 2008)

    Excellent software and works very well. People need to learn how to use software before making bad reports about it here. half the problem is many do not read instructions or do not understand them, so give bad reports which is really sad. This software is one of the best, and if you do not understand it, do not make a bad report, get some help. Those as said here, who claim to be in the know but really don't know, should be silent and not make a report at all. It is sad when you think you know it all, and you know nothing!

  64. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 15, 2008)

    I do agree that it has become slow due to the newer GUI but, this is still one of the best Ad-ware apps. Some people who visit this site act like they have the know. If they make a mistake when they install something they fault the product and rate it poorly. In high school we had the same problem, kids wouldn't study and their poor grades would screw up the bell curve.

  65. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 4, 2008)

    If installed properly it works like a charm. Seems a little faster than 2007.

  66. 1 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing Beta (May 1, 2008)

    Installer is broken (missing a file so installation fails).

  67. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 30, 2008)

    Adaware 1.0.6 SE - Translated it into german language with the integraded translation tool. Since then: No more languages except english were included. Also no chance to translate it.

    The app is overstyled and like an other user said: stairs down to norton. Once the best tool, now not needed. What a way ...

    So: Use firefox/opera/safari etc. but no IE --> You don't need such antispyware tools. Sure, you must keep your eyes wide open on many installers, but else?

    I am an official betatester of adaware 2008 and say: Not worthy to try nor even worthy to buy. Sorry guys, you blew it.

  68. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 30, 2008)

    I guess Beta News is out of step with the word on the street on this one. I tried to download an update, since it wouldn't update my older version and I got a mismatched file size and couldn't even install it. Probably for the best!

  69. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 30, 2008)

    Reviewer: nilst2006 said:
    Version: Beta

    "Bloatware. 1.06 is the best version. 2007, and 2008 beta sucks"
    Got some specifics on the bloatware comment? I've been using the 2007 version and just started using the 2008 and I don't find "Bloatware".

  70. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Apr 30, 2008)

    This is the first time I've used such an application after running a WinXP machine for a couple of years with only anti-virus and firewall applications.

    The one "critical" problem was a Firefox bookmark to an online game, along with 134 minor issues that seemed hardly worth the trouble.

    I must commend them on the efficiency and speed. The anti-virus scan takes forever compared to the adware scan.

  71. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 29, 2008)

    Bloatware. 1.06 is the best version. 2007, and 2008 beta sucks...

  72. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 28, 2008)

    once it was best, but now? :S oppssss

  73. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Apr 25, 2008)

    once was good but i hate programs that have running processes in the background when your not using them. Good AV's make it useless now anyways even the older good version finds nothing thanks to a good resident AV doing its job

    Take a quick peek at view all reviews and try and tell me how the hell it still has such a high score when alomost every review gives it a 1 or 2

  74. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Apr 24, 2008)

    What happened Lavasoft? Two for the good old days!

  75. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 22, 2008)

    Ad-Aware was 'THE' must have software for spyware removal.

    Running it against others such as SpyBot and Spyware Terminator, Ad-Aware now misses many that the freeware ones pick up.

    Also, it has never been able to successfully remove Smit-Fraud. And yes, its just like the way Nortons antivirus went. From Top-Notch useful fast software, to bloated, all about business and less focus on what the product should do.

  76. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 17, 2008)


    Solved Ad-Aware 2008 beta install problem:

    1. Open elevated command prompt and run both these commands:

    Net localgroup Administrators localservice /add

    Net localgroup Administrators "Network Service" /add

    btw this will also fix varied failed installs like MS Office, SQL, VB, Visual Studio, Aol Aim updates, etc.

    2. Download 7zip latest beta and use it to extract adaware2008 setup file.

    3. Go inside newly-created subdirectory and run lsupdatemanager.exe ... let it do its thing.

    4. Merge Pubkey.key(don't worry about fail message).

    5. Wait a bit for update manager to finish in background.... it will seem like it already had finished, but soon you will be presented with prompt to install adaware 2008.

    6. BTW during install update manager will run again...BUT you must still re-run update upon program install.


    Yes, very bloated-- so now a Service too? And buggy as hell: it will not install unless previous version uninstalls first... but the last few 2007 versions will not uninstall- throwing various errors(on Vista): from service can't be stopped, to file in use, to missing uninstall file.
    And NOOOOO, the usual cures of safe mode, reinstalling(reinstalling / repairing throw out a different error message in fact), stopping/disabling service do not provide a solution... and will not completely uninstall either.
    Update Manager does not offer newer beta BTW...

  77. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 16, 2008)

    Well 2 points as its free, but thats as far as it goes for me. Once was excellent now bloated considerably, Crap Cleaner and PC Doctor are better;)

  78. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 15, 2008)

    A mighty fine program that went completely down the drain.

  79. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 15, 2008)

    Pctech, how are the resources and processes being used? This was 1 of the reason I removed 2007.
    I still use AdAware SE and the updates are current if you know where to find them on CNET.

  80. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 15, 2008)

    first off im givin this version a 5. I just got the new version 2008 beta i noticed much much faster in scanning and loading the program and updates.the interface looks the same. there are a few new features in the settings ive found. this 2008 version looks like it might be as good as the ad ware personal the good one.

  81. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 15, 2008)

    I only would say that you won't be able to use it if you do not subscribe as a betatester. Lavasoft will send you a serial number in order to activate this new beta version.

    I cannot give more than 3 stars in according to my previous not so positive experiences with lavasoft ad-aware 2007.
    I think Lavasoft SE personal was a great software

  82. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 6, 2008)

    I've never liked Ad-Aware because it doesn't give real time protection and gives a lot of false positives.

  83. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 4, 2008)

    Stay away from this garbage, it's slow~

    Somebody at LavaSoft made a mistake big time with this version, and it just doesn't seem to be getting any better!

  84. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 4, 2008)

    The old one was really good, fast, simple. This one is absolute crap, it's slow, doesn't work well, doesn't find anything and blah. Stay away.

  85. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 4, 2008)

    They have wrecked a good product...
    SpyBot Search & Destroy is still the best....

  86. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 3, 2008)

    Complete waste of harddrive space...
    It USED to be a good software, but somehow screwed that up. Now you can't even get the updates from the older beter free version.
    All this one finds in scans is cookies and marks them as bad. Also takes a huge amount of resources to run.. and has some adaware service running in the background even though it requires the pro version to use any realtime resources.

  87. 3 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing (Apr 3, 2008)

    The new file definitions for "Ad-Aware SE Personal 1.06" can be obtained at

    Unzip "" and overwrite the file "defs.ref" in the Ad-Aware base folder.

    That's it!

  88. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Apr 3, 2008)

    the new versions requires pro to do custom scans.
    and the old ones won't update cause you could do a custom scan.

    heres how to get pass that.
    get a old version when they where good.
    next go to ther site download the reference definition up date ,, then go to c:programs/lavasoft paste the ne over the old :)

  89. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 3, 2008)

    Horrible. I removed this virus from a friend's computer the other day. It literally took 8 minutes to boot up. Take out this garbage, 1 minute.

    This is a memory hog, its embarrassingly memory intensive and it slows the system to a crawl.

    Fileforum should ban this garbage from being listed here.

  90. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 3, 2008)

    It's strange that you say that updates to AdAware SE have been discontinues since I have one from 3/27 (.233).
    I discovered that even if the updates weren't coming thru on the program, you can find them at in the Spyware downloads section.

  91. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Mar 10, 2008)

    update for Ad-Aware Personal 1.06 has now been definitely discontinued by Lavasoft. this concludes the sad demise of a once great application

  92. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Feb 22, 2008)

    The only good thing is that Ad-Aware Personal 1.06 is still working fine, the update is working fine again..... no reason to upgrade...

  93. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Feb 22, 2008)

    Wow!! What the heck happened to Lavasoft? Tried the new bells and whistles Ad Aware and was really disappointed. MEMORY HOG, EATING UP PROCESSES, and at 27 minutes (yes, you read it right) into the scan it CRASHES. Unbelievable garbage. Good gravy...sure hope no one is paying for this garbage. Rubbing two sticks together to make fire would be more effective than this program. I used to be Ad Aware's biggest fan, not any more. Lavasoft, SHAME ON YOU!!!

    P.S. Isn't this program supposed to protect my machine from the very type of activity that it is now guilty of. And they stopped updating SE to push the new version. Bad news.

  94. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Feb 3, 2008)

    Slill is the #1, even more, no place to deny. I belive the LAVASOFT accept any suggestion to keep this free anti-spyware one of the best.

  95. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Feb 1, 2008)

    Very nice program. i like it. Simple antivirus with firewall and Ad-Aware is all i need.

  96. 1 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jan 27, 2008)

    It was able to be a good program yet ,
    but adding a running service over it ,and making it a hog program , has not been
    a good idea at all .

  97. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jan 26, 2008)

    This was the first bit of security I downloaded many years ago. Trouble is, it like Spybot are no longer the best. Windows Defender, Threatfire with AVG Free and ZoneAlarm Free are now all I need.

  98. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jan 26, 2008)

    This one sucks, I use spyware doctor (the memory hog), but at least it leaves nothing behind.

  99. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jan 25, 2008)

    This still isn't getting any better but.....

    I'm not really surprised!!!!

  100. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jan 25, 2008)

    adaware 2007? almost in feb of 2008... but even worst is spybot,that prog went to hell..its just too much, tea time blah blah

    what happened to effective light stuff?

  101. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 21, 2008)

    Garbage....TOO many processes running in the backround..

    There are alot of better programs then this! screwd up!

  102. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 15, 2008)

    If you keep an eye on sites like CNET or ZDNET, I found updated def file for AdAware SE, mine is 213.

  103. 2 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing (Jan 15, 2008)

    Upon learning from FileForum reviewers about the woes of Ad-Aware version 7, I decided never to install it and kept using the latest SE version (1.06r1).

    Unfortunately it seems that, since the end of December 2007, Lavasoft stopped updating the definition files for the SE version.

    So I gave up on Ad-Aware, unistalled it, and use Spybot S&D, along with AVG Free AntiSpyware for scanning and Windows Defender as a resident program, though knowing the latter's shortcomings.

  104. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 15, 2008)

    I have stayed with the older version of Ad-Aware for the same reasons as listed below. Lists new versions when that's not the case, does not update properly and very slow. I am very appreciative of the efforts of the folks at Ad-Aware, but I wish they would revert back to their old format.

  105. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 25, 2007)

    CRAP! Do not download, I repeat: Do not download. This is no drill !!!

    It is SLOW, it gives many FALSE POSITIVES. Stay away from this s..t. Better use old ad-aware:

    Also I recommend Spybot S&D.

  106. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 7, 2007)

    There is no 0 option! So this garbage gets a 1. This is bloated, failure prone system destroying crap, they have lost all credibility. Spybot and others will have to replace this pile of crap.

    Do not download, it will destroy and slow down your system.

  107. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 25, 2007)

    I am one of those loyalist who dropped this program!

    My suite of applications included the previous version of Ad-Aware, along with SpyBot, and SpywareBlaster, along with CCleaner for additional cleanup tasks. I find that SpyBot and SpywareBlaster are doing an excellent job without this third POS program.

    Indeed, Lavasoft should be ashamed of releasing this without the full consultation of its users prior to release. Total TrashWare!

    1 star, since there isn't a 0 star option!

  108. 4 out of 5 stars
    The MAZZTer

    Reviewing (Sep 28, 2007)

    The installer is very confusing, prompting you for your license key. Users who want the Free version need to click Cancel. Not that it tells you this.

    The updater erroneously states there is a new version of Ad-Aware 2007 available, and then throws an obscure error when you tell it to take to you the update.

    The scanner itself works fine, although it seems to have less customization in the Free version than Ad-Aware 2006 Free did...

  109. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 26, 2007)

    Still no x64 support for Vista.

  110. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 26, 2007)

    change log for this version is?

  111. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 26, 2007)

    u can make a bat file if u dont wont to have lavasoft runing up

    net start aawservice
    "C:\Program\Lavasoft\ad-aware 2007\ad-aware2007.exe"
    net stop aawservice

    and save on this name file ad-aware 2007.bat

  112. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 26, 2007)

    i don't use AdAware anymore, its so slow (it ain't do it any better). Spybot, Windows Defens & Arovax finds at least same problems (and even more)

  113. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 26, 2007)

    Prior to the 2007 version, this software utility ruled. Now, like others mentioned here, I find the program crashes. I've actually located the older version and run that. Plus Spybot keeps me out of trouble. It's a shame - plus I won't risk running either one on my Vista machine. I need to state, though, that in the past I was very appreciative of their free personal version for home use.

  114. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 14, 2007)

    Had the same problem when i d/l the 2007 version,keep asking for serial and unlock code
    i just pressed cancel and the program started up with no problem

  115. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 9, 2007)

    I fully agree.

    I ran AdAware SE Pro for a long time, then I stupidly purchased AdAware 2007 Pro (by Lavasoft's "come on" to switch to AdAware 2007) - TWICE.

    I can't even get AdAware 2007 to Register or even accept the Serial Number that they sent me by Email, and nothing that Lavasoft Support suggests works, even though I have "killed", by their recommendation, as many running Programs as possible (which I never had to do with SE).

    When I enter the Serial Number, it checks the Lavasoft Server, to obtain the "Unlock Key", and it consistently returns an invalid unlock key, which never works.

    Even when Lavasoft sends me new "serial numbers" and "unlock keys" they don't work.

    They admittedly (by their own previous statement) have problems with their AdAware 2007 Registration Server, which sometimes will not even connect (not the same problem with their AdAware SE Server).

    They can ONLY be contacted by Email, or their Address in Sweden, or their Telephone Number in Sweden - they do not even have a USA Office or Telephone, even though they sell their products in the USA.

    I still run AdAware SE but, as people say, AdAware 2007 sucks, Lavasoft has destroyed a good thing !

    Regards, William Harvey

  116. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 4, 2007)

    Supports Vista 32, runs like crap on Vista 64.
    Way to go Lavasoft, you turned a good product into CRAP!

  117. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 30, 2007)

    About time they support Vista officially. But it still crashes a lot!!

  118. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 29, 2007)

    every time i see an update for this i cross my fingers they would remove the service running i the background all the time. with no real time protection there is no need for it.

  119. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 28, 2007)

    Ad-Aware used to be excellent, now it's really crap :/

  120. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Updated (Aug 22, 2007)

    over 20 megs running in the background at all times!
    without resident protection?
    ummmmm....not for me.

    As many complaints of this here and in other forums that there are...they still dont listen?

    Rating= 1 - for this version 5 - for old one.

  121. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Updated (Aug 21, 2007)

    ooo, ahhhh, a new installation package, that sovles everything

    eye candy = yeah

    service ALWAYS running in the backgound that consumes 20mb of memory = G-E-E-E-T the fudge out

  122. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 15, 2007)

    I miss the simpler UI, the ones that used the old UI. Though this one looks attractive, (nice eye candy). You can't make something look better without eating up resources. I give it one thumbs up, and one thumbs down.

  123. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 5, 2007)

    only giving it a 3 because of its detection rate. while the old version 6 is a fantastic piece of software, the 2007 version is a bloated piece of crap. every time i've tried to update this (especially the program files rather than the signatures) it hangs the program up.. has done so on multiple computers. when you update the signatures you can't even tell if it's doing anything or not, no download status/progress bar, nothing.. just a 1 minute pause before it reports if it worked or not. ad-aware 6 was sooo much better. does this supposedly detect/clean more stuff than v6? if not, i don't know why i would ever use this new version! spybot surpasses this crap in detection/cleaning rate in the real world. (i deal with cleaning spyware every day, i'm a PC tech).

  124. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 1, 2007)

    Still not Vista compatible.

  125. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta 7 (Aug 1, 2007)

    Lots of resources used and it is still not Vista compatible. They have announced that it will be in the future.

  126. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 1, 2007)

    I always really liked Ad-Aware. I was excited about this new version. After about one hour, this thing turned out to be such a stinking piece of crap, I hope and pray they continue to update Ad-Aware 6.x, this thing stinks.

  127. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 11, 2007)

    I agree with the below comments. My biggest beef with this new version is that it requires a memory-heavy service be running at all times regardless of whether you are using the real-time scanning or not. Permanent 20 meg service running for that once-a-month scan. No thanks.

  128. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    this was once good but
    Now it is bad
    I agree R.I.P. ad-aware

  129. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    Wow. Just look at all the comments. People are revolting.

    From being great antispyware, now everyone hates ad-aware. We need Moore people to comments.

  130. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    some years ago Ad-aware was a reasonable program then it slowly slipped away through neglect, a couple of years later it was revived with new shiny bells and whistles and worked well until recently, now it's being killed by bloat, memory usage, and some hyperactive programmer.
    It's time for this one time on of the best to be laid to rest ............. R.I.P. Ad-aware.

  131. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    Crashed. what the heck is going on lavasoft?

  132. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    This product was really good when it was Ad-Aware SE 1.06. Now it installs a service that is unnecessary, has numerous issues when updating and auto updated doesn't always work. A major irritation is that the free version no longer allows you to use the Custom Scan, you must have Plus or Pro to run a Custom Scan.

    Thus, I am sticking with Ad-Aware SE 1.06 and have it mirrored on my website, in the download section.

  133. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    STILL no Vista support!!!!!

  134. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    No longer ideal...

    I've used Ad-Aware for a long time. It was always brilliant for basic adware and spyware removal. The old version (v1.06r1) was great. It was light (4.62 MB) and simple. This version is HUGE (17.2 MB) and installs a background service. Summary:

    Size (17.2 MB? Too big for my taste)
    Relentless background service (bad solution)

    Nice user interface! (When you get used to it)
    Still good malware removal capabilities.

    I hope the Lavasoft people will make several improvements in the future.

  135. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    Usless memory consuming service... just new interface... nothing more then 6. Avoid it!

  136. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Updated) (Jul 10, 2007)

    - Installs a useless service
    - Pesters the end user to buy their other products
    - Detection is largely redundant to other free scanners such and Spybot and Windows Defender (Both Completely Free and Defender includes FREE realtime protection)

  137. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 10, 2007)

    I always used a stand-alone version of Ad-Aware 6 in complement of Spybot to clean PCs. Just a very efficient tool, and nothing in the background.

    I don't want to use an anti-spyware's realtime protection (slow, intrusive, conflicts with av and other anti-spywares ...), and Ad-Aware 2007 doesn't give me the choice.

    Plus, Ad-Aware 2007 comments some lines of the hosts file (

    They all forget that small is beautiful ..

  138. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 8, 2007)

    I have downloaded and tried Ad-Aware 2007 3 times now and it as not worked properly on each occasion I have gone back to the old version.
    Its a shame because it looks good but there is now some hot competition out with superantispyware.

  139. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 7, 2007)

    I have compared this version with the old 1.06r1. Did some tests,and the results are the same. The GUI changed...hmmm...cosmetics. Just stick with the very good, old schooled, 1.06r1.

  140. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    Before, I used Ad-Aware and SpybotSD.

    Now, I only use SpybotSD.

    With an inclusion of a service that hogs system memory is like a VIRUS to me. NO WAY I'm Installing this.

  141. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    not for me!!!!

  142. 2 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    well said bellow me, Kav is the best all around protection as far as I'm concerned, free basic version just Google aol shield it's Kav with just a dumb Aol stamp on it. Opera or fire fox your fine scan before you open it you can't loose.....

  143. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    I don't know how this can have such a high rating when I see mostly awful reviews.

    Believe the reviews and not the rating. This has done a complete 180. It is s l o o o o o o w, it keeps something running in the background when you close it that takes up more memory than any other app I keep running like KAV or ZAv5.

    Software like this is becoming useless anyways because it doesn't find things anymore for me. Opera + KAV v6 + ZA v5 and I get no more issues with spyware or things like that.

  144. 2 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    Doesn't work on Vista, bulky & slow, removed it from my systems never to return.

  145. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    Was once a great program...Now it is slow and buggy.

  146. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    This new version doesn't bring new functionality, it's just heavier and more bloated than version 6.x. On weaker systems it frequently crashes while scanning.

  147. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    6 still rocks
    don't bother

  148. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 6, 2007)

    I always really liked Ad-Aware. I was excited about this new version. After about one hour, this thing turned out to be such a stinking piece of crap, I hope and pray they continue to update Ad-Aware 6.x, this thing stinks.

  149. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 25, 2007)

    - Installs a useless service
    - Pesters the end user to buy their other products
    - Detection is largely redundant to other free scanners such and Spybot and Windows Defender (Both Completely Free and Defender includes realtime protection)

    I will never recommend this again. Instead of getting better it gets worse.

  150. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 24, 2007)

    1. Installs a system service and does not ask about it.

    2. System service crashes.

    3. Main application crashes when scanning.

    Horrible piece of buggy code.

    Un-installed after three tries at scanning.

  151. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 24, 2007)

    Getting slower & slower....and it do not find anything that spybot didn't.

  152. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 21, 2007)

    Annoying nag screens, crippled functions, resource hog, and slow is how one could best describe Ad-Aware 2007.

    I'm sticking with 1.06.

  153. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 21, 2007)

    Explanations about system service installed by Ad-Aware(aawservice.exe):


  154. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 21, 2007)

    Ad-Aware 2007 IS NOT VISTA COMPATIBLE! It states so on it's website. Installing and running is a bit different with the new look. It doesn't seem as user friendly now.

  155. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 18, 2007)

    Nice interface and scanning. I'm not too keen on service being installed as I feel it's not needed. Sure it's easy enough to disable, however, what was wrong with the previous version -- why add something you don't need? Vista compatibility, I guess ;)

  156. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 17, 2007)

    Crappy program that won't run without strange errors on Windows Vista. Resource hog and crashes too often on XP. If I wouldn't know better I would think it's a beta. I would recommend 1- Ad-Aware SE 2- Other spyware solution

  157. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 16, 2007)

    Detection rates are low... Not very useful at all..

  158. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2007)

    Yes, it's a memory hog. And setting the service to manual makes WinXP crash at shutdown time (go figure). Meh.

  159. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2007)

    This version of lavasoft 2007 is alot better then first. It's much faster now the the version before. There a a lavasoft process though that sucks up cpu usage thats only problem. Also the scan its a little slow they need to make it quicker (Full Scan). Nice interface too.

  160. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2007)

    what ressources are you talking about? if u finished scanning, just close the program and terminate the service and set it on manual. done.

    I dont care how much ressources it used while scanning!

  161. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2007)

    This program has gone to bloated and slow crap. There are better out there like Spybot, Spyware Terminator, A-squared, etc. To the reviewer below I don't think Windows Defender is even as bad as this crap.

  162. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2007)

    A "free" program with many options disabled (because it is "free") that however consume resources, is not a good free program. Ad-Aware must now be compared to other paid-for programs.

  163. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2007)

    Ruined. Eats memory, installs services, and you still need to run Spybot to catch everything.

    Ad-Aware went corporate, and they forgot the job at hand, don't make a nice UI and waste memory - clean spyware! I have lost faith in this product and I have been using it for years.

  164. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 12, 2007)

    This is a great antispyware program and always has been. The scan speed is ok and the detection rate is awsome. I would reccomend this to anyone who needs an antispyware.

  165. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 12, 2007)

    The status bar for scanning is my favorite part of AAW 2007.

    I don't want to discourage use of 2007 (I will use 2007 exclusively from now on), but it feels sluggish when attempting to update the program and definitions.

    I don't know what it is, but something in the GUI feels incomplete. AAW 1.06r1 was easy for beginners to navigate, but I suspect beginners will be asking questions on how to use AAW 2007.

    Overall, I think this version is moving in the right direction, but something is odd about the GUI, which wasn't caught during beta testing.

  166. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 12, 2007)

    This is awful horrible crap , I've been using it since 2003 , thousands of computers I've personally installed this on , thousands of recommendations and thousands of diagnostics tests ran with this program. I've also certainly sold hundreds of copies.

    This new version sucksass.

    Multiple exception errors , First dozen installations blew the hell up , the updating process now is just FUBAR.

    You now cannot custom select a specific drive to scan only (Like external windows drive) with the free version..WTF? every other anti-malware program ever allows this.

    Horrible resource consumption , unnecessary suspicious services a** jacking older systems....


    No vista support till October? lol

    Did I mention it blows up every F'n time you touch it?

    This program is now in the same category as Windows defender , Spy sweeper , McAfee and Norton
    this will be pulled from all tech disks , jump drives , recommendations and from any computer that comes in with it installed.

  167. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 12, 2007)

    I agree about the program running 31M in the background, but I went ahead and took advantage of their $9.49 special offer to get the plus version. After downloading and installing, the licence key they sent wouldn't even work. I sent an e-mail requesting a refund; I'll have to see if their response is as abysmal as their product!

  168. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 11, 2007)

    An unexpected low rating because although the new version did find malware I did not know (nor thought) was on a system, a previous FileForum reviewer is right. Ad-Aware now does indeed leave an apparently malware-like rogue process running that uses at least 40 MB of memory. That's even after a user exits the program.

    No resident protection nor another reason for the rogue process to remain, at least with the free version? Then why a leave a useless resource hog (using more memory than some malware even) running on systems?

    And, until this little problem is fixed and exiting the program means terminating all Ad-Aware processes, I'll consider the new Ad-Aware to be malware itself.

  169. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 8, 2007)

    This new version is better then the previous. I give it a 4 because of the Vista incompatibility and the crashing after scanning.

  170. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 8, 2007)

    The program provides a good service. However the free edition which has no real-time protection enabled still manages to use a whopping 50MB of memory in the background. Process aawservice.exe runs in the background no matter if you have the program running or not. And don't give me a lame excuse that it can be turned off. This process should not be running in the first place. Period! So I'm uninstalling it.

  171. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 8, 2007)

    slow and it did not get rid of my spyware

  172. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 8, 2007)

    It has sucked since the very first beta. :(

    Crashes all the time and is slow as hell....

    oh and sucks on vista even worse:


  173. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 8, 2007)

    What the hell is with the stupid unneccessary service running in the background???

  174. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 8, 2007)

    Someone tell me plz,

    If i am still on Windows ME (hehe - ya i know .. i ll have upgrade some day maybe.. but so far i got by all these years with ME.. it works fine here), and basically it looks like this new v7.0 doesn't support Windoes ME (understandably so) .. will v6.0 that i am on currently continue to work .. and, most important, will it keep on getting those updates on the constant basis (defenitions or whatever they are called) :)


  175. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    Adaware came back from the grave a couple of years ago but looks like it's heading back that way

  176. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    I just noticed a permanent process taking 25mb of my ram, and saw the 2 comments below. What the hell is this for? Being the free version it's missing real-time protection, so why does it need my precious ram?

    Other than this, I see no improvement compared to Ad-Aware 6. The interface looks slightly "prettier", but who gives a crap.

  177. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    Like zapatero post: aawservice.exe takes 31mb without real time scanning. What is it?

  178. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    Free version does not include real-time scanning. However, it runs a new permanent service that takes 22 MB in memory. This is the same memory usage of SpySweepers´s service, which works in real time.

  179. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    This product is unstable, doesn't find anything that Spybot + Avira doesn't and now takes forever. It also doest seem to properly obey don't expand archives option. It takes longer, its more bloated and they seem to have "deals" with certain companies not to mark them as Spyware/PUPs

  180. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    I finally installed it but im uninstalling it its way too slow and makes computer lag and i have 1 gig of ram amd athlon 64 3000 this is the program not my computer. Everyone just stick with the version before its million times better.

  181. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2007)

    Crashes after every scan. Also the scanning engine is slower now. I think there are better products out there. Ad-Aware used to be the best, but with this one it seems to be slipping.

  182. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta 7 (May 11, 2007)

    Part of a series of programs that are moving from traditional installation to service-based scanning in XP. Problem is, that keeps the program in memory perpetually and leads to more compatibility problems with other security software. The beta conflicted with several different antivirus suites I tried. The scanner was much slower than the SE version, although seemed more thorough. In any case, the continual problems with the service eating up processor cycles makes this a non-workable piece of software for me. I'm clinging to the preceding version unless something great happens.

  183. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta 7 (May 9, 2007)

    if you want uglier look no further, buy Windows Vista , but whether a Product is Ugly isn't what this review is about really, is about whether it works or not, but remember its still in BETA, Beta 7 does work but also Crashes Vista in the mean time an to say this is gonna be the final beta, i think they need many more cause i wont be touching the final even though i paid for an extension of the subscription

  184. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06r1 (Updated) (Apr 21, 2007)

    This software had a good past.
    The latest versions has issues with the software it self.
    Example , if you move the shortcut folder at the start menu/ programs in another start menu folder.
    The software starts with out to load the latest definitions ...
    It thinks that something is wrong ,and starts lets called in safe mode, and uses the definitions, that this version comes with !!

    This is a major problem , that older versions did not had .

    Other than that , yes with the use of Firefox, this software, the only bad boys that it finds , is just few tracking cookies.

    Any way its good tool, for an alternative system check, and nothing more .

  185. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06r1 (Updated) (Apr 21, 2007)

    simple and great

  186. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta 6 (Apr 20, 2007)

    Ad-Aware has just gotten ... uglier?
    Well-said, Das mod. A big ol' "Meh" to
    this beta, not impressed.

  187. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06r1 (Updated) (Apr 19, 2007)


    Nice app, but it's not stupid-proof, it works by filenames. Anyone who is tired of dealing with spyware would just be using Firefox or Opera by now, but this app really isn't needed if you immunize with Spybot and Spywareblaster.

    It's just...a useless app now.

  188. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Updated) (Apr 5, 2007)

    A brilliant program. Ad-Aware updates frequently, has a pleasant and intuitive interface, tells you what it's doing, asks you what you want to do, rates the criticality of objects found - it's great. My full reccomendations.

  189. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Updated) (Apr 4, 2007)

    I love how easy it is to use. I do find it odd that the file size went up by 2MB, nearly twice it's original size. I do think it is using a new installer though. Waiting patiently for the new version.

  190. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Updated) (Apr 4, 2007)

    Still an excellent product which works well, and which database is updated very often.

  191. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Updated) (Apr 4, 2007)

    Now it's time to give it a five. It is Fast! It flags my BetaNews cookie. That's kind of ironic.

  192. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta 2 (Mar 12, 2007)

    look ok easy to use but slow to scan
    good job for all

  193. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta 2 (Mar 12, 2007)

    Still a lot of work to go. Wouldn't boot up on my machines.

  194. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta (Mar 10, 2007)

    Looks nice so far.

  195. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta (Mar 6, 2007)

    This version is not designed for the home user. The product comparison chart on the home page shows you why it is bloated and an energy hog. It's made for network management. Ad-aware professional would be more suitable for a PC. The Enterprise version is listed as having "volume pricing".

  196. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta (Mar 6, 2007)

    well, not even working for me - tryied on two pc's (win xp pro sp2 and win mce sp2)... not a good start :P

  197. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2007 Beta (Mar 6, 2007)

    I beleive the program is not quite there yet. The Beta is very \unstable, and a memory hog. Plus the UI is very bloated.

  198. 4 out of 5 stars
    Paul Skinner

    Reviewing 2007 Beta (Mar 6, 2007)

    Seems a lot faster.
    However, it feels like the user isn't actually using the program any more.

    Like there's a layer of automating that's stopping me from using the program properly.

    tiedestroyer2001 above put it best.

  199. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Feb 7, 2007)

    This program has always remained in my "Top 3". The plug-in / add-ons are a nice touch. Can't wait for the 2007 version. A Must. 5/5.

  200. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Feb 7, 2007)

    Ad-aware 2007 release candidate is coming! Looks like the final release will be scheduled for March! Personally I can't wait. Ad-aware was one of the original spyware cleaners (when the whole spyware fiasco broke out) and it's still a good one, but they haven't released a new version for a long while, so this new one should be a big deal!

  201. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Feb 4, 2007)

    With this one program.I keep my computer "clean".I use Spyblaster,Bit Defender for virus's.And last but not least a goof firewall.I like Kerio. stvh1

  202. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 7, 2006)

    Use to work well now it freezes up everytime I use it.

  203. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 5, 2006)

    Yes, this and Spybot are very good.

  204. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 4, 2006)

    Excellent. One of my two staple spyware/adware/malware scanners. This and SpyBot.

  205. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jul 11, 2006)

    best free anti-spyware app out there

  206. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jun 10, 2006)

    Its a very decent program. This, though, is just a personal edition, which means that some of the real important features, are omitted. IE...Ad Watch, being able to add an adware routine to the windows scheduled tasks. Those two things are the big things that prevent you from getting slammed. An earlier post noted that they are running like 5 programs to keep their stuff safe. Thats such overkill. I used the full version of adaware and NAV and I havent gotten hit with anything more than tracking cookies in a couple of years. I dont use IE either. Been using firefox since it was firebird, and using that since it was phoenix.

  207. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 31, 2006)

    Outstanding program which is recognized by all experienced computer users as one that is mandatory to have.

  208. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Mar 1, 2006)

    I just love it... "To use Ad-aware... use Spybot database". It makes so much sense !!!
    As to me I finally uninstalled Ad-aware. It was simply useless. First, I do not use IE ( I use Opera). Second, with SpywareBlaster, Spybot & Arovax, on top of ZA and AVG, I never get infected. I'm even considering to get rid of Spybot and Arovax. With Opera, AVG,ZA and SpywareBlaster it seems enough. I must say that I am an intensive user. To be honest, I must say that I also frequently use Ccleaner, Regcleaner, Regseeker, RootkitRevealer and IceSword and from time to time Hijackthis. Feel rather secure.

  209. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Feb 21, 2006)

    The only real anti-spyware utility you need is COMMON SENSE. Dont install spyware. Learn to read. Make sure IE (if you use it) cannot autoinstall anything.

  210. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jan 27, 2006)

    I use the Plus Version n it rocks if used in conjuction with Spybot Search & Destroy


  211. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jan 21, 2006)

    All things considered about this program i have to say that it only needs a biger data base to catch more spyware i advise puting it with spybot-serch and destroy!
    I think it's user friendly interface is a big help and the nice color theme and easy to operate options make it outstanding! =)

  212. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Dec 1, 2005)

    Nice! Free and very effective in finding but not the best for removal. Use it very extensively for tracking and finding exactly where spyware is hiding and in most cases removing manually. My ignore list is getting long. All the plugins and addons are helpful. Bottom line- a great free antispyware software.

  213. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Nov 17, 2005)

    Best product I've ever used. Also the first anti-spyware product I add on to fresh XP installs.

  214. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Oct 25, 2005)

    'Tis a mighty of the mighties, highly advised; especially when coupled with SpyBot.

  215. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Oct 24, 2005)

    Excellent! Ad Aware SE personal/profesional are really awesome.

  216. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Sep 11, 2005)

    I think that the Professional version of this is much better then Personal however overall this is a great Spyware remover and I would recommend it to anyone.

  217. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 26, 2005)

    This is a standard app I install after a fresh OS install for my customers. I look at it as more important than a AV, so those two get installed even before the numerous Windows Updates. Great product.

  218. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 26, 2005)

    Ad-Aware SE Professional Edition offers you the highest level of protection from malicious software which includes browser hijackers, keyloggers, and tracking cookies. Taking advantage of Lavasoft’s Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology, Ad-Aware is able to protect you from both known and unknown variants of these threats; and with real-time protections of Ad-Watch you can block suspicious processes from affecting your system. All this combines to make Ad-Aware a state-of-the-art anti-spyware program for the desktop environment.

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  219. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 22, 2005)

    I have tested Ad-aware in many different situations.On my list it places second.However it is still very good and easy to use.If your computer has spyware called VX2 then you should download webroot Spy Sweeper!Use that program because Ad-Aware doesnt get rid of it and some others.I would recomend this for the average user.If your advanced maybe have 3 anti-spyware programs on your computer.

  220. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Aug 13, 2005)

    Why is it that the only cookies that this, and several other spyware utilities, detect as "spyware/tracking cookies" are ones from IE? What, do these same cookies in firefox/opera not count? Hmmmm, something to think about

  221. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jul 30, 2005)

    This program is just too good, and it gets better and better every new release.

  222. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jul 28, 2005)

    Best there is.

  223. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (Jul 24, 2005)

    This program is good, but it is not the best. CounterSpy, Webroot Spysweeper and Spyware Doctor are better in finding spyware and adware!
    Björn Lundahl, Göteborg, Sweden

  224. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 29, 2005)

    Excellent release. I've got 1.06r1 and its definately faster on the disk searching. Unlike others I have seen something close to 30% and it makes like a lot easier. As with others I use this with SpyBot and SpywareBlaster. I was using Microsoft's tool (beta) for about 3 months but with the other tools it never found anything.

  225. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 29, 2005)

    Like everyone else, I didn't really notice a speed increase either. Still, a solid anti-spyware utility. I use this in concert with SpyBot S&D, Javacool's Spyware blaster and Webroot's Spysweeper. However, I run Spysweeper as on-demand only because it's too hard on resources in real-time mode. BTW people, there is an excellent little option in SpyBot SD to further harden your system against spyware. Open Spybot, click on Tools, then place a checkmark on Hosts File. Click on Hosts File , then click on add SpyBot S&D Hosts List. What this does is harmlessly redirect a comprehensive list of known spyware ip addresses to your local loopback (machine's) address, rather than to the malignant address. Very nifty. This site explains it very well: http://www.bleepingcompu.../forums/tutorial51.html

  226. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 28, 2005)

    Yes, I agree! This is great. But only if you also have Spybot and MS antispyware.

  227. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 27, 2005)

    Tis software is teh stuff.

  228. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 27, 2005)

    1.06 did indeed fix the problems with the scanner locking up while scanning temp internet files on some systems...tried it with 1.05 and 1.06. While I did not see an INCREASE in time taken to scan or processor usage as mjm01010101 did, I also did not notice a decrease in cpu usage either...

  229. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.06 (May 27, 2005)

    Great app. I use in conjunction with SS&D and they work great together.

    While this version states lower CPU use I didn't notice it going any lower--- it definitely ramped up the fans on my box...

  230. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Apr 26, 2005)

    Ad-aware is one the best but a combination of all the anti-spyware tools is a very robust approach.


  231. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Apr 20, 2005)

    Good Works....

    I have always been a big adaware fan since it first came out. I have discovered though it doesnt work well by itself, to be more clear... get a second opinion. I would suggest getting another antispyware program. I would suggest doing a scan with adaware then do a second scan with your other scanner. Its been my experience that 8/10 the second scanner will find something adaware doens't. When it does pick up on it, it is usually something serious. Im not trying to knock adaware but unfortunatly it seems like its not enough.

  232. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Apr 1, 2005)

    Untill now i was never using an adaware and didnt know what and why people use it untill recently when my poor comp had so many ads that i couldn't rum a samll app. i thought noton should take care of all of it, but no. I donwloaded ad aware that;s when i realsised how good it is, all the spyware adn adware was completely goen. I am really impressed.

  233. 4 out of 5 stars
    Arnold Appolo

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Mar 28, 2005)

    IT rocks, recommended!!!!

  234. 4 out of 5 stars
    Kanta Kumari

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Mar 23, 2005)

    the best adware and spyware removal software i have used

  235. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jaya Kumari

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Mar 23, 2005)

    My PC had a l whole lot of adware n spyware and once i ran ad aware all of them were removed. its a great tool. Thank you

  236. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Jan 25, 2005)

    I would just add that I also use a third freeware tool, a², which specialises in trojans, backdoors and worms along with Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D:

    And that some folks like to use Spyware Blaster for memory resident spyware protection:

  237. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Jan 25, 2005)

    I agree with "theblazingangel", whose comments are below. I use Spybot & Adaware, in combination. What one doesn't get, the other one does.

  238. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Jan 25, 2005)

    Good program, but it does still miss some items...including the Cydoor from Exeem. Still the best interface with least intrusion and most updates.
    Combine it with the MS (Giant) Anti-Spyware and you're golden, though.

  239. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Jan 25, 2005)

    The 1/25/05 update only incorporates the new reference file! If you already have 1.05 installed, simply update the ref file as usual...

    A fine, fine program, however...

  240. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Jan 25, 2005)

    Joe Refund:

    The VX2 hijacker exploit is a fairly new and extremely difficult bug to kill. There are specific apps that address that particular one. To help you better understand the nature of it, you should read up on the 'Home Search Assistent' variant of hijacker which not only infects your system, but installs itself as a service, so that even when you think you've deleted it, the service will reproduce the infection. While support may be lacking, the program itself is actually quite effective all by itself. The very best environment to run it in is from a BartPE or WinPE environment which is totally outside your own OS, and thus prevents services from running, and respawning.

    I do agree that if you bought something, you should get adequate support for it, but rather than attacking the company, you should do more research on removing this particular threat from your system.. Then you can understand the nature of the beast, and not hate so much.

    This program gets a well deserved 5.

  241. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Jan 16, 2005)

    Great program even in it's free mode. I run it along side Spybot Search & Destroy and my machine keeps running GREAT!

  242. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Dec 19, 2004)

    Adaware is one of the best spyware removal tools out there, and it comes highly recommended.
    Combined with spybot and spyware blaster it forms the perfect protection to combat the threat spyware posses.
    And i would just like to say that the bad reviews above are nonsense and they obviously dont know how to deal with spyware properly, thats why there having problems!!!
    - (the first guy) - it is not a fake, it does not produce false positives, it does not make up infection to get you to purchase it, and it does not use adware itself.
    - (the second guy) - the forums are mainly used by the general public so its not the companies fault you didnt get the help there you need, there are many great forums around who could have helped you, often things are stubborn to remove, most times its because you need to do something such as turn off system restore, and i strongly believe webroot spysweeper is a bad program that produces false positives and gets you to purchase it in order to remove things.
    *****EXCELENT PROGRAM*****

  243. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Dec 11, 2004)

    Good program, but it does miss things, like 2 keyloggers several weeks ago. To complement this program I would also suggest Spyware Blaster, or SpyBot (if you can ever get it to work), or Yahoo Anti-spy if you can find and download it. Also PestPatrol offers a free Ad-ware scan on their website

  244. 1 out of 5 stars
    Joe Refund

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Dec 5, 2004)

    Hi Everybody,
    I wanted to put my 2 cents here also. I tried the product to do 1 thing. Remove the VX2 that it said I had. I tried the free version did not work. I purchased it and it did not work. I run a scan and it said it removed it. I run a scan and the same files still infected. I asked for help. Takes over a week just to get a worthless response. Please install the product again then update and try again. I have done that also downloaded from other places to test before asking for help. Next I replied said I already did that. They send me the same word for word response another week. I asked for my money back still they REFUSE a Refund. Still waiting over 3months now and getting NO help at all. The company is not a good company at all. It is to bad they do not want a happy customer. I asked and asked for a refund nothing. I purchase Spysweeper from there product worked I installed it and ran a scan. It not only fixed the VX2 but it found other things adaware did not find. Very disappointed in the way they do business I would not recommend this product at all since it Does not work and you get no help at all.

  245. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Dec 3, 2004)


  246. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Oct 27, 2004)

    MA: I would think that it's more of a bandwidth-saving strategy (ie. include all the latest def's to save us all some BW from new users downloading this thing - more and more people are still learning about the evils of spyware) That is also probably why they didn't change the version number; so that us existing/savvy users wouldn't download it again. Any "ad revenue" would be incidental, and deserved IMHO anyway...

  247. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Oct 27, 2004)

    There is nothing new. Its not an update to be considered news, but a silent update that includes the latest reference file, nothing more. They just want more ad clicks is all.

  248. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Oct 27, 2004)

    Just downloaded it but it's the same as the previous 1.05? No, the reference file included is still dated 9/13 or whatever. It is 100% old :P

  249. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Oct 27, 2004)

    A must have tool against spyware.

  250. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 Updated (Oct 27, 2004)

    I love it.

  251. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 25, 2004)

    Ad-Aware are great and free
    10 stars

  252. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 24, 2004)

    The Best program for the job! If I had a choice between Norton and Adware (even though they are totally different program types. I would have to go with adaware! AdAware has a better detection rate!

  253. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 19, 2004)


  254. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 19, 2004)

    A good way to avoid getting (prevention is always better than cure) spyware is not to use IE at all. Use a decent browser instead - . Once you get it this program is the one to help get rid of it.

  255. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 18, 2004)

    adaware 1.5 is a great spam removal tool , this version is faster and more stable than the older versions + new detection system with is really good.
    "spybot S&D is also cool" both of them needed for asystem scan and cleaning".

  256. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 18, 2004)

    Combine with Spybot, a good AV (NOD32) and firewall and your set.

    It like to see them, on update, lose the 'finish' button.

  257. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 18, 2004)

    Dont forget to install Spysweeper in same time

    then no more Hijack trojan and co. :)

  258. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 17, 2004)

    Even though there's a new release weekly now for the past month, it's made strides in speed and gets a few more cookies than SS&D. Both are great programs.

    Also, XPSP2 IE's pop-up blocker has already been subverted. Solution: FF.

  259. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.05 (Sep 17, 2004)

    guilherme you are so wrong! A way to get past IE 6SP2's ActiveX warnings has already been found. See the bugtraq post at

  260. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    No windows system should go without this and spybot search and destroy.

  261. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    This software rocks! But thanks to Windows XP SP2, there are no more browser hijacks and ActiveX installs (at least for a momment)! This program is only worthy for SP2 user's when someone dumb installs those "free" programs with ad-wares or spy-wares.

  262. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    Still a great program.
    What's New in This Release:

    - Minor graphical GUI changes/updates.
    - Additional textual changes and updates to GUI and Manual.
    - Additional support for skinning implemented.
    - Several improvements concerning the installer.
    - Each Add-on now has it's own helpfile.
    - Ad-Aware now uses the default browser to show online content.
    - Additional tracking-cookie information is written to logfile.


    - Ad-Watch no longer blocks IE from running in full screen mode if initiated by the user.
    - The context menu in quarantine is now disabled if no items are present.
    - Jump To Key now disabled if no path to RegHance is set.
    - Changing the location for event history will now be rememberd after restaring Ad-Watch.
    - Ad-Aware now scans tracking cookies when scanning the text-files in the cookie folder from Explorer.
    - Adding alternate data stream details to logfile is now enabled in Ad-Aware SE Personal.
    - Listing of modules in logfile is now enabled in Ad-Aware SE Personal.
    - Ad-Aware SE Plus will now support the CLP +silent.


    - The automatic updating of the definition file on installation will now work on all systems.
    - If enabled, "Scan with Ad-Aware" is now removed from Explorer context menu when Ad-Aware SE is uninstalled.
    - Corrected an issue where Ad-AWare would not launch from Ad-watch if Ad-Watch was run at startup.
    - Corrected an issue with selection of folders for custom scans.
    - Corrected an issue where removal of site from the Ad-Watch sites list would not be rememberd after restart.
    - Corrected an issue where some string where displayed out of place if running Ad-- Aware using 640x480 screen resolution.
    - Corrected an issue where start menu objects were not created on some systems.

  263. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    I have used 1.04 and 1.04 Updated and both times my Mcafee Virus scanner detects a trojan in the software as it scans my computer for files. Why would this occur? It never happened in any previous iteration before 1.04. Something fishy is going on here.

  264. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    Excellent program. Highly recommend. I only wish that tweaks were carried with upgrade instead of defaults reset ever time you jump up a version.

  265. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    Use this and Spybot Search & Destroy regularly and you should be covered. callmesnake, Spyware Warrior says this about Spyware Begone: "aggressive advertising; poor scan reporting; false positives work as goad to purchase".

  266. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 Updated (Sep 7, 2004)

    This is the best adware removal software ever!

  267. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 (Sep 6, 2004)


    Did anyone tried Spyware Begone!, it is not free, but I think it is the best..
    I don't know why many don't know it!!

  268. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 (Sep 6, 2004)

    look at there page, there tell.....

  269. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.04 (Sep 6, 2004)

    Why can't you Lavasoft tell us, why should we update?
    But 5 star program btw.

  270. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.03 (Aug 28, 2004)

    Ad-aware has one of the best detection rates of all anti-spyware programs and is, unlike many other programs in its kind, free. This is definitely worth 5 stars ***** !

  271. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.03 (Aug 14, 2004)

    I really don't care for the cutesy interface. I also find settings being forgotten, especially the "Move deleted files to Recycle Bin" option, which refuses to stick between runs, or if I close the settings dialog with the caption button (and is a rather important setting, at that).

    Right now, Ad-Aware is done scanning on my system. The main window says the current operation is "Finished", but right under that, it says "Scanning IE Favorites...". Annoying.

    I know it's heresy to decry a freebie favorite, but oh well. Maybe I shouldn't even be running or reviewing Ad-Aware, since it has never found anything besides a couple cookies and MRU items on my system. I would probably love it too, if it cleaned up after my own stupidity. As it is, I can't really evaluate if it does a damned useful thing or not.

  272. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.03 (Aug 14, 2004)

    Still the best, but should be used in conjunction with SpyBot S&D.

    The changes from 6.0 to SE aren't many, but the product was already near-perfect.

  273. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.03 (Aug 13, 2004)

    zak326 is just being lame and should just cut his head off too.

    Anyhow, this program is excellent, free, and beats anything else out there.

  274. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.03 (Aug 13, 2004)

    Don't know what that first user is talking about. I received my email the day after this showed up here. This is a great program and I credit them with their seemingly never-ending definitions updates. I updated my paid version and this program is the best.


  275. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.03 (Aug 13, 2004)

    "This is totlally on topic because we need to rely on he people producing this typoe of program to be above reproach in their dealings. "

    Yes, lets bang the free version's ratings because you're jaded about not getting the paid version first.. Bright.. 5 stars to offset the jaded troll.

    Oh and the program rocks too!

  276. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 12, 2004)

    im loving the new ad-aware but it seems like a new release comes out everyday with that i wanted to let you guys know that Ad-aware SE Personal 1.03 is out and available for can get it

  277. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 12, 2004)

    As one of the first of this type it's still the best. But I find SE demands more processing power than the previous versions. It practically freezes the machine when I run it on an old PII with 128M memory. It did run through through the process though.

  278. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 12, 2004)

    Great program with better tweak controls and detections than 6.0. The previous rater said that he has not recieved his link for the plus version. As far I know the plus link usually comes out up to a week after the freeware release. The purpose is to have a close to perfect product for paying customers. And he should have stayed awake in class. His spelling is horrible and maybe a typing class won't hurt.

  279. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 12, 2004)

    GThis ratinmg ois more for the author than the peogram. Some4 of us have paid for the plus edition of this prograsm anjd the author aand owwner of same has chosen to release the free program totally ignoring the paid customers. numerous requests for links to the qpaid version which we wer promised free of chargem have fallen on deaf ears. the program is ok but thefre are others just as fgood if not better. This product was good enough to pay for but whhen you are ignored in favor of freeware users something is seriously wrong. the verdict AVOID these people at all costs.
    This is totlally on topic because we need to rely on he people producing this typoe of program to be above reproach in their dealings.

  280. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    an excellent program within the freeware group

  281. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    Just a Great program.

  282. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    I still highly recommend Ad-Aware as the top of the line Spyware removal tool.

    The only complaint I have is minor user interface cosmetics... as mentioned by another, the double-click column width to resize only to see it resort instead. Also, this new version seems very "flat".... and it's hard to tell which button is pressed when in Preferences and main screen.

  283. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    Can't go wrong with a free spyware removal tool that is effective. I like how the new version automatically turns on most of the custom options in order to do a "deeper scan". The futuristic GUI isn't great, but thank you Lavasoft for being an administrator's friend. How about scheduled scanning added next time?

  284. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    hit "view all reviews" buddy.

    this is a solid improvement to the ad-aware 6 line.

  285. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    What happened to all the reviews of get a new build & all the reviews are gone..not cool in my book.
    Anyway Ad-aware is good, but they still need to test updates more on major ISPs..this way it might not have flagged AOL like it did.

  286. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    It's useful, but I hate the stupid "Zip Error" messages that pop up (and steal focus) whenever the stupid thing comes across an archive format it doesn't recognize. I also don't care for the toolbar button that serves no purpose except to try to sell you an upgrade. And of course, you have to sift though the settings, because about 60% of them only apply to the pay version (another attempt to get you to pay for the upgrade).

    Then you have little annoyances such as when you place the cursor between two columns and double click--expecting the column to the left to auto size--the list re-sorts itself instead.

    Ad-Aware (and I love how they have started capitalizing the "A" in "Aware") flagged my home page as a "Possible Browser Hijack attempt". So what's my home page, you ask? Nothing more than "about:blank". Not particularly impressive.

    It is important for security software not to waste your time. For Ad-Aware to be flagging things like cookies and blank "home pages" is equivalent to an anti-virus utility giving constant false positives.

  287. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    Looks like the proxy settings now works.

  288. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    Thanks a lot for it. I'm student and I'm happy for FREEWARE like this. Good work.

  289. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    Great program (and freeware), but what's new in 1.02?

  290. 5 out of 5 stars
    Dirk van Hoofen

    Reviewing 1.02 (Aug 11, 2004)

    Good freeware, thanks for it. But I not read here, whats new in this version/release.

  291. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    If you want the latest file,you must go to or a similar site. Once you get that you will be squared up. This program works great and has a few more tweaks to it than before. The full scan is usaully more than enough for everyday users. Great product. v1.02

  292. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    Great program as usual.... however a couple things that I find annoying. First, when checking for updates it says that v 1.02 is out (which couldn't find a link to) and asks to go download it. When I click ok it opens up IE, and I hate IE (especially since its the doorway for a lot of that junk to get into the system). Why can't they just set it to open the link in the default browser? Secondly, it would be nice if it could scan the cookies of opera/mozilla as well (once again, because not everyone uses IE).

  293. 5 out of 5 stars
    PC Rat

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    "it says that there is a new build (1.02) of Ad-Aware SE. But I can't find any links to 1.02. Anyone else getting this?"

    Yes. v. 1.02 is hard to find. But you can d/l it from:

    The Computer Rodent


    Ok, while the Major Geeks download is listed as v. "1.02", it's actually the ~same~ file as v. 1.01 ! So far v. 1.02 is looking like vaporware.

    Bro. Rat


    Alright, your favorite rodent finally located v. 1.02 !

    Go to the Lavasoft web site...

    ...then "Downloads", and it can be found on the PC-World link.

    Getting the current version ~shouldn't~ be this difficult !

    The Computer Rodent

  294. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    Great Program. But it says that there is a new build (1.02) of Ad-Aware SE. But I can't find any links to 1.02. Anyone else getting this?

  295. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    Excellent Programme.
    Installed ok on XP Home SP2. Uses less memory, and detects more than version 6.

  296. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    It is a good program. I just download it and there was an update. I like the interface it better then adware 6 it was about time lavasoft made a update other then deffentions!

  297. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    Very nicely done. I had previously run version 6 on my system and realized afterword that SE had come out. What i have seen so far is good. SE uses less CPU and memory than the previous version, a jazzier interface and, small added features like a scan all system option. Also i ran both version 6 and SE back to back and SE detectered more critical objects. I would give it a 6 if i could.

  298. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    On two separate WIndows XP SP2 systems this program used 100% CPU and the system became unresponsive for 20 minutes. Memory use was about 70% of total system RAM. I've uninstalled it until they can figure it out. The previous version worked fine, as does Spybot S&D (no spyware for a year since I stopped using IE.)

    Edit: I just noticed the updated definitions. After I updated the definition, it ran flawlessly, so I changed my vote to a 5.

  299. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    I agree, they need to test more...this new version deletes part of AOL & Mozilla. It should be tested on all major ISPs & Browsers before it is released.

  300. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.01 (Aug 10, 2004)

    Lavasoft needs to test their products before releasing them. Definitions update does NOT work where the user is behind a proxy server without direct access to the internet.

    Tut tut Lavasoft. Should do better.

  301. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Jun 12, 2004)

    Ad-aware contains the most reliable set of Spyware/Adware definitions available. The programs usability is highly intuitive. Ad-aware should really be OpenSource, to give programmers and end-users more control and freedom over this program, and to make it free. :)

  302. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Jun 11, 2004)

    Freezes part of the way thru the scan. Previous versions worked well to completion.
    With latest Ref file works to completion again.

  303. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Apr 18, 2004)

    that is what spyware blaster is for. Ad-aware finds more then just cookies its one of my fav spyware scanners/cleaners!

  304. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Feb 23, 2004)

    Ad-aware uses a really simplistic means of flagging "spyware", and for that reason, it can very readily and happily offer to delete legitimate programs and registry entries which just happen to be named similar to some obscure spyware item. All Ad-aware has ever found on my systems is cookies--gee whiz, how helpful. I realize that this is handy for some people, but honestly: If you really need this thing, you also really need to learn how to avoid spyware in the first place.

  305. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Jan 16, 2004)

    I'm looking for software to get rid of a virous and to prevent any further virus. Can anyone help by suggesting a good software product.

  306. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Jul 18, 2003)

    Does what it's supposed to do and do it well. Well worth the download, a must have, simple as that.

  307. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Jul 14, 2003)

    As good as ever! :) I uninstalled the old one first as it asked, and had to go through reconfiguring it, but that only took a moment. Anyone know what is new though?

  308. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 181 (Jul 13, 2003)

    A great program and a must-have (along with SpyBot S&D) for everyone who has a computer on the internet.
    God bless the makers of Ad-aware!!!

  309. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Jun 22, 2003)

    i found another way to stop ads or anything gettin into your computer, prompt the cookies to ask weather you want to allow them, anything not from the site youre at dont allow, i seen alot of trying to put a cookie on my pc so i didnt allow it, i dont know if this would stop all of the ads but I havent gotten an ad since, and i check my pc before i goto bed :P

  310. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Jun 15, 2003)

    This program is excellent. My friend was having problems with random IE pop-up windows despite IE being closed. Ad-aware was able to rid the computer of the problem doing a quick scan.

  311. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Feb 12, 2003)

    this program is awesome!! the new version rocks big time

  312. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Feb 10, 2003)

    What about the "Ad-aware 6 Core File Only Build 0162" updater available from other sites? Does it update just the freeware basic version? And for the PRO version?

  313. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Feb 9, 2003)

    I got this, hoping it might be a little faster. It wasn't. And still no progress bar. So what's the change?

  314. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Feb 9, 2003)

    God, herself, couldn't have made a better program. ;)

  315. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Feb 9, 2003)

    Big improvement over version 5.xx. For those who have problems with the lack of features in the 'Freeware' product, a tip for you: Put your hand in your pocket, extract your credit card and obtain the full version.

  316. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 162 (Feb 9, 2003)

    I don't like that they took away some GOOD features from the previous FREE version and plopped them into the PRO version! I still like the application, but I can see it going the way of powerarchiver.. :( another x-free app that I no longer use ):

  317. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    excellent. just don't use the adwatch part, it doesn't work properly. if you need internet filters/popup killers, use webwasher+meaya popup ad filter. the main part, i.e. the adaware programme itself is excellent, even though the newest pro version found only 8 cookies on my system, nothing more. but it's not adaware's fault, I simply know how to protect my system from spyware, so there was nothing to remove. so this programme is rather for newbies, all others should search on google for "programme_name spyware" before installing anything. and set your IE activeX to high. then nothing bad can happen and you won't need this programme.

  318. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    New year, new version, new build, new interface. From smooth installation to setup this is one awesome free ware. Great work!

  319. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    I was waiting for new relase of this gerat spyware remover.
    It's very good freeware tool

  320. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    I was very excited to get this, as it's been awhile since they've had an update. However, this version is much slower. Also, I liked the progress bar it had before. I do like the integrated web update though. Can't say whether it'll find anything different, as it only found spy cookies, which would have been removed anyway. Possibly, once the codes been optimized, it'll run faster.

  321. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    This software is essential. I have never seen this one cause problems - ever, and I have been using it on many many machines for some time. Also get * microsoft baseline security analyzer 1.1 OR microsoft hfnetcheck by shavlik [these check for missig microsoft patches] * proxomitron [this is in inline proxy that cleans out popus and lots of junk] * spyware blaster 2.02+, this puts activex stubs to prevent ie from being infected (spyware that looks like IE running and not "itself" - eg comet cursor) * taskinfo 4.51+ to see processes in a similar fashion to unix ps -auxwwwww / ps -elfy * Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel 2.8 to see what junk starts automatically that isn't a service (usually spyware or bloatware) * symantec norton antivirus 8 corporate * trojan remover 4.97+ * xp anti spy 3.71+ * kerio personal firewall (free) application level firewall to see who wants to chat with the internet. * and also put this in your hosts file: - I use all these programs, all the time, and give them to everyone to keep the computer clean.

    Keep you computer free of spyware, malware and bloatware. use everything I said above and learn about your computer and what is running. It is imperative or your PC will become an appliance over time - some black box you no longer have complete control over!

  322. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    personally i don't like the new pastel colour interface. so i only give it 4 stars.

  323. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 5, 2003)

    how come system files were deleted? which ones, please?

  324. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.0 Build 160 (Feb 4, 2003)

    WOW! This is like a whole new Ad-Aware! The new look is more than appealing!!!

  325. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.83 Build 2930 (Nov 26, 2002)

    What can I say other then "it 0wnz" I mean this program is one like NAV, it's priority #1 for any PC user that is connected to the internet (who isn't anyway? ;p)

    One thing I would like to see is an auto update for the ref file, for the rest nothing then a big applause \o/

  326. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.82 (May 31, 2002)

    Could someone please tell me why my last post was actually deleted?

    It had nothing but positive comments to say about Ad-Aware, oh well, your loss, if you wish to cover your tracks of silly mistakes in future, don't delete posts, don't make em'

    Ad-aware - Best at it's field.

  327. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.82 (May 30, 2002)

    5.81 ad-aware with ad-watch works fine
    5.82 ad-watch gave me nothing but blue scrren of death
    hope your roxio go-back is working

  328. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.82 (May 30, 2002)

    The download link should be working fine now. Sorry for the confusion.

  329. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.82 (May 29, 2002)

    The last few sig files have hung on any folder that was named: Setup; not sure why. Also, because the date at the front of log files, is not: year, month, day, the log files only sort properly if all the entries are in the same month. In the past the program has deleted registry entries that it shouldn't have.

  330. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.81 (May 17, 2002)

    There is absolutely nothing I can find wrong with this program apart from the way you have to download a seperate program to update it. Apart from that, this program is the best thing since sliced bread.

  331. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.8 (Apr 30, 2002)

    Yeah. Clean up the language. My porn filter blocked this page because of the hard trucker talk. :-)

  332. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 Build 2899 (Apr 14, 2002)

    i bought Ad-Aware Plus with ad-watch to support lava soft and ad watch it will scan registry and spywares on time like most antivirus do and both ad watch and ad ware is great! the best program for ad removing i have ever seen.. a definate must have! and buy ad watch if you are lazy to scan your computer :)

  333. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 (Apr 8, 2002)

    Version 5.70 said I had Alexa on my computer. It had found and deleted the file before, but this time it got the wrong CLSID in the registry. I had to use my registry undo to fix it. Maybe that's why 5.71 came out so soon after 5.70. The first time I ran this program, after many years of adding and deleting programs on my computer, it found 143 problems. Hard to believe, but true. :)

  334. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 (Apr 7, 2002)

    So can we just replace the reference file (instead of reinstalling the new program) in order for it to detect BDE?

  335. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 (Apr 7, 2002)

    This is probably one of the few MUST HAVE programs you can find. Everyone should have this program!

  336. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 (Apr 7, 2002)

    Here's what they said on the forums:
    "This update includes performance improvements, new features and comes with a new referencefile (101-04-04-02)
    The detection of TopMoxie, MessageMates UID, and Brilliant Digital Entertainments Projector has been added."

  337. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 (Apr 7, 2002)

    Just be careful what you let AdAware delete!! It reports a componant of Norton CleanSweep as being "Comet Cursor"!
    Otherwise, an essential download that should be on everyones computer.

  338. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.71 (Apr 6, 2002)

    As usual, it's great. But what did they update in 5.71?

  339. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 28, 2002)

    This program does not correctly upgrade previous versions. I'm now left with 2 AdAware folders in my Start menu and in Add/Remove Programs.

  340. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 28, 2002)

    I don't ever see Ad-Aware reaching the perfect 5.0 it deserves, because it really does! ;) Probably one of the best programs ever made.

  341. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 28, 2002)

    I love this thing! i will give it a 10 but the combobox doest go that high. Oh well, great job!

  342. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 28, 2002)

    Fantastic. :)

  343. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 27, 2002)

    I have used Lavasoft since it's very beginning, and this final .7 has even now me baffled I found entries and reg keys that should never have been on my system as i am extremly particular about the stuff I install,....What a treat after months and months finally found something new :-)......

  344. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 27, 2002)

    I just ran this program on my XP box, and it worked fine. Very useful program. I do have one suggestion. At the final screen where you select what to remove I accidently hit the finish button before I selected anything to remove. I then lost all the scan results and had to scan again. It would be nice to see a message box to prompt to make sure you don't want to remove any items if none are selected.

  345. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 27, 2002)

    This great program works fine in my 98 and XP. If don't work in your machine is really a bad karma!

  346. 5 out of 5 stars
    Bad Karma

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 27, 2002)

    I sometimes question the intelligence level of some of the posters here. "This program totally kicks butt but it doesn't work on my machine at all and I'm too dense to go find the English version that actually would work". Anyway, Ad-aware has saved my a** quite a few times and I recomend it to anyone who wants a way of seeing what spyware programs/utilities are located on their computer. I have yet to see something else that matches Ad-aware.

  347. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.7 (Mar 27, 2002)

    The one and only. 5 thumbs up.

  348. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.62 (Sep 26, 2001)

    This program rocks it's just that this new update does not work on my system, there is a bug in it and the error message is in german or something

  349. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.62 (Sep 26, 2001)

    Just use RefUpdate 1.1 from to update the ad-aware reference files.

  350. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.62 (Sep 26, 2001)

    What AdAware does is different than an antivirus program as AdAware uninstalls spyware apps. But you are right, there should be some kind of scripting support.

  351. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.6 (Sep 7, 2001)

    ...what about updating database instead of changing editon?updating via internet like antiviruses.

  352. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.6 (Sep 5, 2001)

    What's this 5.0?
    Ad-Aware deserves at least a 10 ;)
    It's been said before and I'll say it again.
    You must have it!!
    Not just for you but everyone.
    Get the word out, the fewer 'clients' these underhanded companies have the better. The more their commercial trojans are removed, the less they'll try to use them, ....

  353. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.5 Final (Jul 11, 2001)

    This program is awesome

  354. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.5b (Jun 17, 2001)

    Excellent Freeware that eliminates that pesky "onflow" from my system. I run it at least once a week. Very nice configuration. One *small* suggestion, add a "close" to the program. Thanks for keeping it Freeware! I would recommend this to everyone to keep the spyware off your system.

  355. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.5b (Jun 16, 2001)

    small download. great interface. does exactly what's it's supposed to do and does that very well...and it's freeware....much props to Lavasoft for creating such a amazing product. keep up the good work.

  356. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.5b (Jun 16, 2001)

    Very nice, I knew I had advert.dll from netvampire, but thats just 1 dll, not the newer system with the app and reg settings, so i wasnt worried about that, but it found it, and the app at never found it, and it also found some cookies... never really thought about deleting banner ad cookies, good idea... great little app, works great.

  357. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.2 Build 311 (Jun 9, 2001)

    Excellent program, frequent updates just to kill more annoying spywares.

    Good job Ad-aware people!! =)

  358. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.2 Build 311 (Jun 7, 2001)

    Thank you Lavasoft! Thank your free Ad-adware!!!!!

  359. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    First its free; good free software are rare nowadays. I was sure i had no spyware stuff on my computer, except webhancer. Well i had 33! (Eek!!)

    Quick, really easy to use, even a child could use this program. Nice.

  360. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    Excellent spyware killa...... Thanks a lot Ad-ware!!

  361. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    Death to spyware!

  362. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    I've been using this program for several versions now. I am grateful to Lavasoft for not only making an excellent product, but also for giving it away. Highly recommended.

  363. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    The first time I ran this program a few months ago, it found 111 bad files! When I turned on the 'Look deeper' feature, it found another 32. Yikes!! OptOut had said my system was clean. 5 stars for the writters.

  364. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    Well, I'm a careful poweruser (as most are), and so I don't have any spyware on my computer... I'm a tad paranoid... However, after reviewing the options and such of Ad-ware 5.1, and reading other reviews, I must say, I'm quite impressed. I give it a 5, if not for being a good program (which I wasn't able to test, cus of my already clean system), then for the brilliant concept -- and for being FREE. Excellent.

  365. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 5.1 (Jun 5, 2001)

    Exremely useful, always up-to-date. Essential for anyone who favors their privacy or dislikes advertising clutter on their computer. You'd be surprised how much crap is lurking around your system telling piece of s*** marketers how they can better profit off of your online experience...

  366. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.6 (Apr 8, 2001)

    Now THIS is great software!!!!!!!!

  367. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.6 (Apr 8, 2001)

    4.6 found 13 files and registry entries that were invisible to 4.5. It's a great program.

  368. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.6 (Apr 7, 2001)

    The best, fastest, surest way to rid your computer of that nice little spyware that some sites seem to want you to have. Yes, "doubleclick" are the others that just want "to know what your online habits are" are nicely removed from your system. This is certainly must have freeware!

  369. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.55 (Mar 6, 2001)

    Another well designed and useful freeware program. Did somebody say "must have"? I think that they did.

  370. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.01 (Dec 16, 2000)

    4.01? I've been using 4.02 for a week or more, so what gives? Regardless of the version confusion, this is an excellent program. It's fast, and it finds and cleans all sorts of little nasties that can spy on you and slow your system down. 6 thumbs up!

  371. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.61 (Aug 16, 2000)

    ***** Arnvid,couldnt have said it any better,totally agree,ill click on an ad banner to support Lavasoft,the ads dont bug me but Spyware that hi-jacks my connection does.Some of the BEST things in life are FREE!! :) *****

    * Thank You Lavasoft,for the Prompt Reply on your Updated Version,I got it before it was posted here. *

  372. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.52 (Aug 12, 2000)

    You can make an unregistered version of NetCaptor ad-free with this program! ;)

  373. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.52 (Aug 8, 2000)

    Ad-aware is as far as I'm able to evaluate - the best tool today against intruders who destroy the beautiful marriage ad-ware once where.

    All honour to Steve Gibson and his research, which put facts to suspicion. His OptOut program is today free, but will soon become a commercial program. Further OptOut in its freeware version only detect and remove Aureate / Radiate intruders.

    Ad-aware promise to stay free, and is already detecting (and removing) Conducent / TimeSink, CometCursor, Gator, Cydoor and Web3000 along with Aureate / Radiate. And yes, it found the Real Networks / NetZip's new privacy violation that is shipped with "good old" Netscape. Further you can choose which program spy's you want to get rid of and which you want to leave (if you really want to keep a program supporting spyware that is).

    I have only one wish to the people in LavaSoft: go ahead and develop a CLEAN banner / advertising program for all those software developers who could need some bucks for their effort and software development. Then advertisers with an attitude would be able to show this as well by refusing aureate and alike!

    Allow adware as it was BEFORE dirty money put it's slimy fingers in it -, as I believe very few users mind advertising banners. We just want to ban the intruders. So promote advertising banners which ban intruder spies.

    Just forget the lost case of adware and call it ban-ware ((-:

    Good we have these guys from Denmark / Lavasoft, great people from a small country. A CLEAN five star evaluation from me.

Discuss Ad-Aware

  1. Nov 30, 2010 - 1:34 PM

    malwarebytes blocking ads?