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An important notice for any users of Ad-Aware 2008 –

As of January 31, 2010, technical support and Definitions File threat updates will be discontinued for Ad-Aware 2008.

To stay safe online, make sure to use the current version of Ad-Aware. You can see which version you’re using through Ad-Aware’s interface – just click the ‘About’ button.

Current version:

Ad-Aware 2008:

If you use Ad-Aware 2008, please download and install the latest version of Ad-Aware (version 8.1.4) in order to stay protected from online threats. Here’s how to upgrade:

  • For those with an Ad-Aware 2008 license -

You are eligible to download and install the latest version of Ad-Aware free of charge through the Lavasoft Support Center. If you need a new license, please visit our Ad-Aware product pages.

  • For those using Ad-Aware 2008 Free -

You can download and install the latest version of Ad-Aware Free here.
(Your 2008 version will be replaced during the installation process.)

If you have a valid Ad-Aware Plus or Pro license and would like to move it over to a new or different computer, you'll need to reset the serial number that is currently registered to the old computer.

Ad-Aware 8.1.3 update

by John on December 21st, 2009.

Released December 17th, 2009

The latest version of Ad-Aware is 8.1.3.  To check which version you are using click the 'About' button at the bottom right. In the window that opens you can see the version number just below Ad-Aware. If you are using an older version just click 'web-update' to download and update to the latest version.

The main fix in this latest version is a decrease in the GUI launch time.

Enough Is Enough!

by LS Patrick on December 9th, 2009.

"How many adwares, firebots and viruses do I need?"..."Do I need more spyware?"

These are actually common questions we see from our users.

If you're familiar with those terms (or what the person is trying to say), then you'll know how close they are to their opposites and names or types of legit security software.
Unfortunately for some, all this talk of threats, attacks and internet danger leads them to over-do it on the security software side of things.
That kind of user then goes online and buys a load of different software, in some cases useful, in other cases dangerous. Buying and installing 'rouge' software, doing more harm than good. Or, maybe they buy every anti-virus and firewall they can find, the result is usually a laptop grinding to a halt due to all the services, scanning and updates that are battling for resources.

If you can turn on your computer, have time to make dinner before it's updated itself, scanned itself 10 times and is ready to use, then you need to pay attention to the following...

Ad-Aware Update 8.1.2

by LS Patrick on November 19th, 2009.

Released November 18th, 2009

• Issue that registry rules are not saved in Ad-Watch.
• Crash after registeration.
• Minor issue with the scan progress bar.
• Process protection so that suspicious processes are blocked after timed-out.
• Scan freeze with Norton installed on the system.
• Hanging on startup for some users
• All notifications will be suppressed when GUI is in simple mode.

• New Genotype definitions file format.
• Logging when scheduled scans are not saved.

Vote Now in the 2009 Softonic Awards

by Erin on November 10th, 2009.

A new edition of the Softonic Awards is underway, and that means the race is on to see which software viewers pick as the best in 2009 across different categories and platforms.

Ad-Aware Game Edition Now Available!

by Erin on November 3rd, 2009.

It’s an exciting day for us here at Lavasoft. And, we think it will be for gamers around the world once they get wind of this news: Lavasoft has just launched a new version of our flagship security software – a spin-off of Ad-Aware that’s aimed specifically at online gamers and entertainment fans, providing protection as you play.

Ad-Aware 8.1 - A quick look..

by LS Patrick on November 2nd, 2009.

Ad-Aware: Compatible with Windows 7

by Erin on October 27th, 2009.

Since its public release on October 22, there’s been quite a bit of talk on Windows 7, and whether or not you should upgrade now to the new operating system. And, you’ve more than likely had your fill on news on this for the time being. We have, though, received some questions in from users on our Ad-Aware software’s compatibility, so we’d like to take a moment to address this, and let you know that - yes - here at Lavasoft, we’re ready!


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