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Ad-Aware Plus is a broad anti-malware software product that can detect an wide array of threats.  It can detect spyware, adware and some viruses.

There is a free scan in the free trial which you can download today.

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Overview: LavaSoft Ad-Aware Plus runs in real-time and has many security features.  It's protection includes anti-adware, anti-spyware and some anti-virus.

LavaSoft claims that it can detect over 2 million instances of malware including worms, trojans, keyloggers, popups, hijackers, ID theft, rootkits and attempts to limit access to 'bad' sites when on the internet.

There is also an update function to keep your malware database up to date.  It includes heuristics (behaviour based) detection as well to try maximise your PC's protection. 

Ad-Aware Plus has both an on demand scanner and a scheduled scanner for your convenience.

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The System Protection Status "Dashboard" screen summarizes
the security status has access to the on-demand scan.

Pro V Plus: Ad-Aware Pro and Ad-Aware Plus are similar software products,  The main additional functions of the pro version are:

  • Ad-Watch Live Expert.
  • Network Drive Scanning.
  • Command Line Support.
  • Lavasoft Toolbox which include Process Watch, ThreatWork, Hosts File Editor and AutoStart Manager. 

System Requirements:  
This software is designed to operate on PCs.  For more information on requirements refer to the more information button.
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Integration: Ad-Aware Plus includes the security functions of anti-spyware, anti-adware along with some anti-virus and more.  Add to that the extensive range of malware detections.  It does however lack a firewall so one would have to be sought separately.

DashBoard: The user interface features the System Protection Status screen which contains useful status information and access to other functions.

Vigilance: You may refer to our Security Solution Summary as to the importance of understanding how software security should be complimented with your own caution and vigilance.

Free Features:  Ad-Aware Plus comes with a free trial and includes a free scan.


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 Malware The term 'MalWare' has evolved as a 'catch-all' phrase that can encompass any manner of viruses, spyware, adware or worms etc. The term can be derived from the phrase 'Malicious Software' and can be used to describe a wide range of problems. Yes
 Viruses  A computer virus is a form of MalWare that replicates and spreads across multiple computers. It can take the form of a trojan, worm (network virus), keylogger or other form of pest. Yes
 Spyware  SpyWare ('Spying Software') generally refers to applications that monitor and/or record PC activity. This may include spying on keyboard entry (including passwords) via keyloggers, websites visited and other prying into privacy. SpyWare can overlap with AdWare hence the signs, delivery methods and repairs are often the same. Yes
 AdWare  AdWare ('Advertising Software') is a term generally used to describe an application that provides unwanted advertisements on a computer. There are some overlaps with SpyWare, but generally AdWare is considered to be less harmful. The signs of AdWare, delivery methods and repairs are often the same as SpyWare. Yes
 Trojans A form of MalWare that is disguised as something else. For example a browser toolbar may have a nice new cool tool, but it could really be recording everything you do. Yes
 Keyloggers An application designed to log your keystrokes, trapping valuable information such as passwords etc. Yes
 Worms A type of virus that replicates across computer networks (including email systems). Yes
 Phishing Pronounced Fishing. A method by which information is sought from someone, under the guise of a legitimate request. Such information could include credit card info, personal details etc.
 Popups Yes
 BadSites  Attempts to limit access to certain 'bad' websites. Yes
 SPAM  The term 'SPAM' is generally used to describe unsolicited and unwanted messages. A spammer generally sends such messages in mass quantities. SPAM is usually associated with EMail
 Firewall  A FireWall acts as a security barrier between computer networks. It's more common usage in relation to the internet is that it acts as a barrier between your computer and the internet.
 -'Invisible'  'Hiding' your PC from the internet ('invisible').
 Heuristic  Attempts to detect Malware not necessarily in database, based on characteristics. Yes
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 Updater  Ongoing Update of Malware Database Yes
 Real-Time  Operates in background as PC may perform normal tasks. Yes
 Schedule  Scheduled Scans Yes
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Last checked: July 20, 2009
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