The New Ad-Aware Is Here!

by Erin on October 13th, 2009.

The wait is over: the new version of Ad-Aware is now available!

With minimal strain on system resources and power-packed advancements to our anti-malware technology, including advanced Genotype detection technology and a rootkit removal system to protect against hidden threats and stealth attacks, Ad-Aware gives you the power you need to protect your privacy and security, so that you can use the Internet how, when, and where you want! Plus, new community-based initiatives surrounding the release, including community-driven skins, translations, and plug-ins, put even more power in your hands. Power to the people!

Here’s a closer look at what you’ll find in the new version:

  • Comprehensive Malware Protection - Powerful protection to keep you safe from today’s toughest threats.
  • New! Genotype Detection Technology - Based on heuristics, the new Genotype technology allows Ad-Aware to stay one step ahead of today’s ever-evolving threats, as well as threats that have not yet been created.
  • New! Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection - Extra Sensory Protection allows you to go a step beyond detecting known threats – the heuristics detection finds and blocks unknown and emerging threats and stops deceptive malware and cyber thieves before they attack your personal information.
  • New! The Neutralizer - Lavasoft’s new advanced removal tool combats malware that attempts to restore itself even after rebooting your system.
  • New! Do Not Disturb Mode - Stay protected while enjoying games or movies online – without the irritating interruptions or strain on system resources that other security software programs cause.
  • New! Download Guard for Internet Explorer - Download Guard provides an additional layer of protection that lets you download files on Internet Explorer confidently.
  • Mininal Strain on System Resources
  • New! Simple Mode/Advanced Mode - We know that not all users have the same needs, so we give you the power to decide how you want to interact with Ad-Aware.
  • Rootkit Removal System - Deep level rootkit technology to uncover and remove even the most complex monitoring tools.
  • Lavasoft ThreatWork Alliance - Improvements to ThreatWork allow the alliance to help provide the best protection possible against the newest and most relevant threats.
  • New! Community-Driven Translations & Custom Skins - Make Ad-Aware your own. The new format of the user interface allows you to edit and upload translated text for others to use, or create your own skin.
  • New! Community-Developed Plug-ins - Ad-Aware now allows developers to expand the functionality of the program by the creation of plug-ins.

Ad-Aware is available in three versions: Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware, Ad-Aware Plus Internet Security, and Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security. Ad-Aware Free users will benefit from our proactive malware removal tool, allowing you to effectively combat today’s toughest threats – including spyware, rootkits, Trojans, and more – with the advancements to our detection technology.  Plus and Pro users will have advanced Internet security, with “triple threat” protection against viruses, spyware, and rootkits. For a complete feature list for the Free, Plus and Pro versions of Ad-Aware, please take a look at the Product Comparison Chart.

If you have a valid Ad-Aware Plus or Pro license, update to the new version free of charge by clicking ‘Update now’ on the update screen that loads when you startup Ad-Aware.  You can also update to the new version through the Lavasoft Support Center by following these three steps:

1. Log-in to the Support Center and download Ad-Aware from the download link option in the "My downloads" menu.
2. Start the installation. The previous version will be automatically uninstalled before installing Ad-Aware.
3. Ad-Aware will recognize your previous license information and the Plus or Pro features will be activated automatically when the program is started.