Adware Removal Tool

05Sep06

Adware is any software application or program in which advertising banners are displayed or Pop-up windows appear while the program is running. Adware is considered “spyware” and is installed without the user’s knowledge. It typically displays targeted ads based on words searched for on the Web or derived from a user’s surfing habits that have been periodically sent in the background to a Web server.

To get rid of these unwanted guests you need to install Ad-Aware utility.

Ad-Aware is a program from Lavasoft that detects and removes software on a user’s computer that is determined to be spyware. It also detects dialers, trojans, malware, data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.

There is a freeware version called Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition and it is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

ne of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition’s excellent reputation is well justified. The sky-blue, skinnable interface features five buttons. The first two, Status and Scan, lead to the core function of the application. These buttons initiate a scan of your files for adware components. After scanning is complete, the program presents a summary of results, followed by a list from which you select exactly which components to remove. Right-clicking an individual entry gives some information about the piece of suspected adware, though we would like more details.

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition
Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Ad-Aware SE can alert you to more malignant forms of malware by separating items into critical and negligible categories. The third button, Ad-Watch, is nonfunctional in the Standard version. The fourth button, Plug-ins, shows you which Ad-Aware plug-ins are installed. The fifth leads to the help files.Ad-Aware SE does an excellent job of quickly finding and removing most adware and spyware components, although you will have to restart and rescan for a seriously infected machine. We were pleased to see an auto-update feature included with the program, keeping Ad-Aware up-to-date with the latest adware components. Ad-Aware SE should be part of your arsenal for keeping your machine free of adware and spyware components.

Windows IconDownload Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition version 1.06: In this version Disk-scan is approximately 30 percent faster. CSI scan is now more efficient. Added “Scan for low-risk threats” option, to scan for targets with low TAC index. Ad-Watch CSI engine performance highly improved; using less CPU and Memory as well as having a smaller footprint. GUI adapted to use the new TAC.

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