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Small tool which detects and safely removes advertising spyware from your system, and comes bundled with multiple methods of scanning your PC

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Ad-aware is a small but very effective tool that successfully detects and removes any spyware that has infiltrated your system.

Hassle-free setup and intuitive interface

The software is very simple to install, as it does not offer to download any third-party products and it does not offer to make any changes to your web browser, as most ad-supported apps do.

The interface is quite well-organized and it comprises multiple buttons and a pane in which to view selected details. As a consequence, we can safely say users with any kind of experience level can easily work with it.

Scanning modes you can take advantage of

There are three methods of scanning which you can choose from, namely a smart system scan, a custom one, or you can select the drivers and folders you want to check for analysis.

The custom scanning option enables you to scan drives and folders within archives (executable files in the full version), memory and registry (active processes, registry, deep scan registry, Internet Explorer for banned URLs, Hosts file).

Additional options you can tweak

Some advanced options are also included, which enable you to move deleted files to the Recycle Bin, activate the shell extension, and include additional process, file or environment information, as well as object details.

In addition to that, you can also unload recognized processes during scanning, let Windows remove files in use at the next reboot, delete quarantined objects after restoring, and automatically save log files or quarantine objects before removal.

Performance and conclusion

We must mention that Ad-aware works fast, without putting a strain on the system’s performance or popping up errors or hanging. Removing an infected file is done in the blink of an eye.

Taking all of this into consideration, seeing how spyware removal is a priority when it comes to computer security, make sure to check out this application, as it is effective in detecting and cleaning threats such as browser hijackers, Trojans, Keyloggers and similar malware.

Ad-aware was reviewed by Elena Opris
Last updated on July 17th, 2014