Platform: Windows XP
Number of downloads: 3872
This free utility scans your PC to identify and remove any adware or spyware components.
For the uninitiated, adware or spyware is unwanted software that can be installed on your PC, either with other software or when you visit websites (cookies etc).
They can track your surfing habits, push aggressive advertising at you, and generally abuse your privacy.
This new version completely overhauls the scanning engine for much better results, and comes with a slightly improved interface.
Other standout improvements include UNC support for the remote storage of preferences, definitions ad log files.
You decide exactly what is scanned on your PC, from a single folder to the complete system. Files larger than a specified size can be skipped, making for a quicker scan. Flagged components can be quarantined, letting you restore them if their removal causes problems.
Upgrade to Ad-aware Plus ($26.95) or Ad-aware Pro ($39.95) for loads more features.