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Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free review

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Manufacturer: Lavasoft

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The new version of Lavasoft's flagship antispyware application, Ad-Aware 2008 Free, aims to supplement your existing antivirus protection by detecting spyware and privacy risks.

The new version of Lavasoft's flagship antispyware application, Ad-Aware 2008 Free, aims to supplement your existing antivirus protection by detecting spyware and privacy risks.

The feature-limited free version lacks real-time protection, and it will discover security or privacy threats only when you run a manual scan. Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free also doesn't automatically update, so before you start a scan, you must click a button on the main window to receive the latest spyware definitions.

You can choose either a 'smart' scan, which focuses on critical parts of your computer, or a full scan that digs in everywhere.

Besides scans, you can run a "TrackSweep" to clear browsing history, cache elements, cookies, and other data from Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera (although each browser has a similar feature built in). You'll also see options for Ad-Watch, which actively monitors for threats, and references to other tools and plug-ins, but you have to upgrade from Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free to Plus or Pro to use them.

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Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free Expert Verdict »

Windows 98/NT/Me/XP
2MB hard disk space
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 6 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

True, your existing antivirus program likely has antispyware features of its own. But if you suspect you might have spyware on your PC and you want to double-check your antivirus program's assessment, download Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free, for an extra spyware and privacy scan.

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