Ad-Aware 08

Its been nearly a year since my last blog post regarding the antispy/malware program Ad-Aware, which if you would like to read you can here. Ad-aware is a program that has had according to its creators lavasoft had over 350 million worldwide downloads. As of today the newest version Ad-Aware 2008 is released to the general public In its paid for and free guises.

I have been using the new versions for a little while now and it certainly is an improvement even on its previous versions. lavasoft have built upon there 2007 versions and have made improvements not only in functionality but also reliability and it also uses less system resources than it has done in the past. making it much kinder to overall system performance.

The three versions that have been released are the free version and the paid for plus and pro version’s each having there own merits. The free version is obviously the version with the least amount of features with each version above it differing and offering more and more functionality.

The pro version which is basically all the other versions rapped into a nice package with some nice added extras contains. straight from the horses mouth as it were.

What’s New in Ad-Aware 2008 Pro?
Integrated Anti-Virus Protection – Our powerful anti-spyware software now includes extended anti-virus protection.
Extended Threat Detection – Protection from more than 1.2 million virus and malware threats with the new extended anti-virus engine.
Enhanced Rootkit Removal System – Guard against hidden threats attempting to access your system with our amplified rootkit removal technology.
Substantially Reduced Use of Computer Memory – Tread lightly on your system’s resources with a significant reduction in computer memory used while in watchguard mode.
Faster, Efficient Updates – Save precious time and resources with compressed files resulting in faster product updates.
Lavasoft ThreatWork – Direct access to submit suspicious files for analysis via ThreatWork, an alliance of global anti-spyware security volunteers actively fighting online threats.
Windows Vista Compatible – 32- and 64-bit platform support

More Key Features
Ad-Watch Real-Time Monitor – Immediate detection of malware, spyware, and viruses means deceptive applications can be safely removed before they are able to cause any damage to your PC.
Advanced Code Sequence Identification (CSI) Technology – Boost your privacy protection with precise detection of embedded malware, including Trojans, worms, spyware and other forms of deceptive malware.
Process Watch Module – View an in-depth snapshot of all running processes and quickly stop known offenders.
Detailed Scan Reports – Conveniently export scan reports to XML and log files as text files.
Advanced Command Line Support– Scan and remove spyware without launching the interface window.
The Scheduler – Set automatic scans and updates to fit your personalized needs and optimize time and resources.
Ad-Watch RegShield – Improved detection of attempted registry changes, a favorite target for many forms of malware.
Ad-Watch Process– Immediately detect all recognized malicious processes to prevent them from further integration into your system.
TrackSweep – Control privacy by erasing tracks left behind while surfing the Web on multiple browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, with one easy click.
Hosts File Editor – Take control of your Web navigation by blocking advertisement sites, reversing browser hijack entries, assisting with parental controls, and creating navigation shortcuts.
Extensive Detection Database – Stay protected with priority updates from our extensive library of identified and analyzed threats, constantly updated to guard your privacy against cyber attacks.
Customized Scans – Save time by scanning selected areas where known spyware programs are located – RAM, registry, hard drives, external storage devices, and optical drives.
Easy to Install and Use – Effortlessly maneuver the complexities of malware

And is well worth a look.

The Free version as I previously said does include less than this but is still easily essential to anyone that want to keep there computer adware and spyware free and it does more than some things out there that you actually pay for. The free version doesn’t have the built in antivirus detection but does have a great deal of other things the key feature list is below.

What’s New in Ad-Aware 2008 Free?
Improved Threat Detection– Powerful protection against cyber threats – including a defense against spyware, Trojans, bots, and other malicious programs – with an expanded threat database.
Enhanced Rootkit Removal System – Guard against hidden threats attempting to access your system with our amplified rootkit removal technology.
Faster Updates – Save precious time and resources with compressed files resulting in quicker product updates.
Lavasoft ThreatWork – Direct access to submit suspicious files for analysis via ThreatWork, an alliance of global anti-spyware security volunteers actively fighting online threats.
Windows Vista Compatible – 32- and 64-bit platform support

The plus version comes somewhere between the two you can see a comparison chart of the differences between the 3 versions Here. I dare say that by now you are wondering what the system requirements are and to be honest they are pretty reasonable in fact any pc with a compatible operating system really should be able to use it with out too much trouble the official system requirements for all versions are as follows.

Pentium 600 MHz or faster processor –And its AMD equivalent no doubt

100 Megs of Ram

50 Megs of hard drive space

Operating Systems

Windows 2000 (Pro and Server)ƒƒ
Windows Server 2003ƒƒ
Windows XP (32- & 64-bit)ƒƒ
Windows Vista (32- & 64-bit)ƒƒ

And finally it supports the following browsers

Internet Explorer (5.5 or higher)ƒƒ
Firefox (1.5 or higher)ƒƒ
Opera (9 or higher)

You can find the official lavasoft blog post regarding its release today here
And you can download it either by following the instructions on that blog post or By getting it from my skydrive Here.
or you can download it from my favourite download site filehippo Here
Obviously I have to say I or anyone else cant be held responsible for any nastiness that may occur from dowloading and/or using the file that I provide. however there shouldn’t be a problem as its unmodified and pulled directly from lavasoft.
Please do comment I would like to know what you think about this blog post and as always any constructive criticism would be appreciated.
Update:
2/6/08 added new download link
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Ironman Good?

Well as a matter of fact yes it is.

Now I’m not going have any spoilers or anything of the sort I hate when people do that and i do try to be as unhypocritcal [Why isn’t that a word? Any idea of a word that means the same that would be better to use? Comment below] as i possibly can be.

I have to say that when I went to the cinema yesterday I really wasn’t really expecting much more than a normally poor action hero movie.  I have never been a fan of comics so knew nothing of the story or anything about the character’s and to be honest films that have been made from comics or anything really other than specifically for film tend to generally be rather poor. Of course like every rule there are exceptions that prove the rule but I’m not going to list those here.

Anyway back to Ironman; In terms of story its pretty much what you would expect form an action hero film and if it had been anything other than that it probably wouldn’t work. I don’t see this film being a favourite of too many film critics as they always seem to be want to be stretched on some sort of mental level [There’s a better way to put that but my brain is failing me at the moment] where as most normal paying members of the public go to be entertained, which this film does really well. Its got a fair bit of action which is spread pretty evenly throughout the film so you never really too far from the next explosion, the the CGI and all the graphical work looks really good and in no way looks out of place the whole film actually looks really nice. The writing and the acting is in my opinion pretty spot on I think that the film was well cast and each of the actors and actresses really fit there set roles well the script is laugh out loud funny at times and keeps a good sense of humour throughout and it never seems to be forced the comedy moments seem really natural and never glare. The film also used the cinemas sound system really well leading to me on more than one occasion to look behind me as some bullet or piece of shrapnel whizzes past or clangs into something behind you.

So after going into the cinema not expecting much from the film I came out having rather enjoyed it. Having said this the only negative thing is that it did seem on occasion to drag although that may just have been me as after mentioning this feeling to my friend who I watched the film with I was told that it hadn’t. I was rather desperate for the loo by the end thought its on the long side for a film and having a cappachino beforehand may not have been the best idea ever.

So would i go to see it again?

Do you know what yes I think I would.

Would i suggest that others go to see it?

I would yes It is a good film. I have no idea what fans of the comics will make of it [To say I have no idea is a little untrue as for the most part they are bound to hate it if past comic to film adaptions are anything to go by] but for those that are not fans of the comics and like to be entertained by a film I see no reason why they wouldn’t enjoy watching it.