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Free Ad-Aware VS the Ad-ware that you pay for?

by blue567 / January 21, 2006 2:30 AM PST

What is the difference between the free Ad-aware vs. the Ad-Aware that you pay for?

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Money and support.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2006 2:34 AM PST

Having never paid for such, today's owners get great mileage from EWIDO, HOUSECALL, ZONE ALARM, FREE AVG or AVAST.

Your choice.


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Are you asking about Ad-Aware SE build 1.06?
by steve11375 / January 21, 2006 7:18 AM PST

Hey Blue567,

Robert answered the question well for many of the products. Were you referring to Ad-Aware (from I'm not 100% sure but there is little difference between the FREE personal edition and the paid for editions of Ad-Aware SE 1.06. On the paid for versions when you open Ad-Aware, it's checks for updates automatically, on the free version you have to check for an update manually. On the paid version when you find problems, they can be automatically checked for removal, on the free version you have to check the items you want to remove. I've NEVER had a paid version of Ad-Aware but those are a couple things I know.

Hope that helps some,


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The paid version also has
by roddy32 / January 21, 2006 7:37 AM PST

a Process-Watch. I can't give you separate links for the different versions because the URL is the same for all of them. If you go to this link and then click on the different versions on the top left side of the page where it says "Products" it will tell you abut each one.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks Roddy Like I said NEVER had a paid for version
by steve11375 / January 21, 2006 7:49 AM PST
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Me neither but it was fresh in my mind
by roddy32 / January 21, 2006 8:36 AM PST

because somebody asked the same question in here a couple of weeks ago and it was easier to check the Lavasoft site than to attempt to use the forum search feature which seems to be down more than up lately. LOL

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Free Ad-Aware VS the Ad-ware paid versions
by Brent Welch / January 21, 2006 9:10 AM PST

If you look through the configuration options of the free version, you will see that some options are greyed-out and disabled. These are increasingly available in the paid versions, Plus & Professional. As mentioned in an earlier post, the paid versions can be set to automatically select all detected items for removal, while you must manually select each item in the free version.

The paid Ad-Aware Plus also includes Ad-Watch, a real-time adware scanner.

Ad-Aware Professional includes Ad-Watch, Process-Watch, and all of the add-ons that can be manually downloaded and installed for the free and Plus versions of Ad-Aware.

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