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News - August 15, 2004

Newest Ad-Aware Exposes Some Users

Earliest adopters of updated program should download again to ensure full security.

Just days after Lavasoft launched new versions of its popular Ad-Aware security program, PC World tests revealed a significant security issue that has prompted Lavasoft to quickly to patch the program--but the company's update procedure may leave some customers vulnerable.

Users who are running versions of Ad-Aware SE Plus or SE Pro earlier than the current v1.03, which is available now for download, should redownload their copies of the application. This is Ad-Aware's third update in a week's time, but the most urgent. Simply running the software's Web Update feature--which downloads the latest definition files--will not correct the problem.

Lavasoft posted Ad-Aware SE Plus and SE Pro 1.0, as well as its free version, Ad-Aware SE on August 9. The company revised the release on August 10, renumbering it to v1.02, and addressed the reported hole in its Ad-Watch component with the release of v1.03 on August 13.

http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,117372,00.asp

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