Ad-Aware 2007

Discussion in 'Spyware Discussion' started by Shoe, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. Shoe

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    Reviewed by: Robert Vamosi

    Reviewed on 12/13/07 Release date: 11/7/07
    Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2007 came in dead last in our CNET antispyware testing.
    Other than sporting a new interface, this long-awaited update doesn't feel
    much different than earlier versions. What cripples this release most is
    that Ad-Aware failed to detect half of the test spyware, either actively or
    on demand, and, unlike nine out of the 10 other antispyware apps we reviewed
    in December 2007, Ad-Aware left behind traces for all but one spyware. With
    such a detection and low removal rate, it's hard to get too excited by the
    latest iteration of this classic antispyware app. Also, with the exception
    of Microsoft Windows Defender, Ad-Aware remains one of the few well-known
    antispyware apps not to include (or provide the option of) antivirus
    protection. In a rapidly evolving market, Ad-Aware seems to have fallen way
    behind the times.

    All versions of Ad-Aware 2007 run on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows
    Vista (32-bit). There is a free version, but with that version, expect to
    find all features other than antispyware scanning turned off. The paid
    version, Ad-Aware Plus 2007, costs $29.95 for a one-year single-user
    license; Ad-Aware Pro costs $39.95 for a single-year license. The higher
    price points activate more features within the basic product, with Pro being
    more advanced than Plus.

    Features in the paid products include a host file editor, Registry-blocking
    shields, and a system-restore point.

    For antispyware protection, Ad-Aware 2007 came in last place in our current
    CNET antispyware tests. CNET Labs conducts three separate tests using
    spyware found to be bundled within free applications rejected by CNET (as part of its software policies, does not host
    applications containing known spyware). In the first test, active detection,
    Ad-Aware 2007 detected only 50 percent of the spyware; in the second,
    on-demand, test, Ad-Aware 2007 detected a dismal 25 percent of the spyware;
    and in the final, removal, test, Ad-Aware 2007 removed all traces for only
    10 percent of the spyware in our test.

    Support for Ad-Aware 2007 includes a generous 60-page manual, missing from
    most antispyware products this year. Online e-mail service is available
    along with an active community forum and several FAQs. But there is no
    telephone support offered.

    Given the low detection and removal rate for this iteration of Ad-Aware
    2007, we can not recommend it, given that for $19.95 Sunbelt CounterSpy 2.0
    gives you top-notch antispyware protection along with several other tools
    including antivirus protection.
    Shoe, Dec 14, 2007
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