Ad-Aware 2007 review: Ad-Aware 2007

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For antispyware protection, Ad-Aware 2007 came in last place in our current CNET antispyware tests. CNET Labs conducts three separate tests using spyware found to be bundled within free applications rejected by CNET Download.com (as part of its software policies, Download.com does not host applications containing known spyware). In the first test, active detection, Ad-Aware 2007 detected only 50 percent of the spyware; in the second, on-demand, test, Ad-Aware 2007 detected a dismal 25 percent of the spyware; and in the final, removal, test, Ad-Aware 2007 removed all traces for only 10 percent of the spyware in our test.

Support for Ad-Aware 2007 includes a generous 60-page manual, missing from most antispyware products this year. Online e-mail service is available along with an active community forum and several FAQs. But there is no telephone support offered.

Given the low detection and removal rate for this iteration of Ad-Aware 2007, we can not recommend it, given that for $19.95 Sunbelt CounterSpy 2.0 gives you top-notch antispyware protection along with several other tools including antivirus protection.