Ad-Aware Pro 8.1
by Neil J. Rubenking
Lavasoft's Ad-Aware celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. Over its lifetime, the product has evolved, matured, and gained a loyal following. Ad-Aware Pro 8.1 ($39.95 direct) adds new technology to protect systems even more effectively. A new Simple Mode hides unnecessary complexity for the less-technical user. And the company is working to build community feeling among that cadre of loyal fans. This is an impressive product, though it's slightly more expensive than its closest competition.
At installation, Ad-Aware pops up a friendly note explaining its new Simple Mode, which presets all configuration options to Lavasoft's smart choices and handles detection and removal of threats automatically. Those who want more information and control can shift into Advanced Mode with a single click.