The folks over at Lavasoft, not to be confused with Lavalys, makers of the defunct Everest utility that was picked up by FinalWire and rebadged as AIDA64, just released Ad-Aware 9.5 Free Internet Security and Ad-Aware 9.5 Pro Internet Security. Lavasoft's software mechanics stripped the core program of its bloat and tweaked the scan engine.
Launched exclusively with CNet's Download.com, the new suites weigh just 12MB, down significantly from 130MB, at least initially. Once executed, the installer fetches 80MB of additional data online, which is still an overall reduction compared to the previous builds.
CNet claims the programs should be anywhere from four to eight times faster than version 9.0.5, though noted the Smart Scan was actually slower in real-world tests.
The free version of Ad-Aware 9.5 Internet Security includes malware protection, basic real-time protection, genocode detection technology, behavior-based heuristics, rootkit removal, a malware removal tool, a scheduler, and automatic updates. Included in the Pro ($30) version are a few upgrades, including "expert" real-time protection, advanced rootkit removal, tweaks to speed up PC start time, a Do-Not-Disturb mode, and technical support.
Question for Maximum PC readers: As we gear up for our next annual antivirus roundup, is this one of the programs you would like to see make the cut? Sound off in the comments section below.
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