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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