Lavasoft News - March 2007

The Arrival of Ad-Aware 2007 - Beta and Beyond

There is a saying that if you build it they will come. So true.

Lavasoft developers have not yet finished "building" Ad-Aware 2007, but thousands are already lining up to test it.

After posting a blog on the Lavasoft website and starting a thread in the support forums calling on testers to join the Ad-Aware 2007 public beta, we now have 94,127 beta testers and counting.

You can still join our ever-growing team of beta testers and be a part of creating the final product trusted by hundreds of millions of computer users around the world. Simply visit the Lavasoft Security Center and register.

There are no special requirements to be a beta tester; however Ad-Aware 2007 does not support Windows 98 or ME. We are looking for both experienced Ad-Aware users and newbies who may be seeing the product for the first time.

Ad-Aware 2007 will be available for download and testing in March.

"We are looking forward to getting feedback from our public beta testers as we put the finishing touches on the product," says Lavasoft Director of Development, Lennart Lundqvist. "This product has evolved greatly from SE and that is thanks to the suggestions and ideas of our committed users. Their opinions are key to the development of Ad-Aware 2007 and to future Lavasoft products."

Lundqvist's development team has completely re-designed the engine of Ad-Aware, which is more powerful and efficient, delivering one of the fastest scans on the market without clogging up the PC's resources.

Other features of the new-and-improved Ad-Aware include:

  • Advanced Code Sequence Identity technology. Our improved CSI technology detects even more malware that is deeply embedded in your system and keeps you protected from the latest threat variants.
  • Enhanced Detection Database. Incremental updates ensure a quick download from our comprehensive threat database, again freeing up your most valuable computer resources.
  • New graphical user interface (GUI). The fresh, new look of our straightforward GUI means easy navigation through all of Ad-Aware 2007's advanced protection options.
  • Automatic scans and Web updates. Set a personalized schedule for automatic scans and Definition File updates, letting Ad-Aware do the work for you according to your schedule and preferences. You'll never miss an update from the Detection Database again.
  • Ad-Watch TrackSweep. The new TrackSweep feature clears browser cache, cookies, and history that are left behind while you surf the Internet on IE, Firefox and Opera, all in one easy click of a button.
  • Ad-Watch Connect. The real-time monitoring of Ad-Watch is expanded to include an additional shield against hijackers and identify theft by preventing private information from leaving your computer.
  • Hosts File Editor. This new tool gives you the power to add, delete or make changes to the Hosts File to block advertisement sites, reverse browser hijack entries, create navigational shortcuts, and assist with parental controls.
  • Multiple Browser Support. Ad-Aware 2007 supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera - so now you can use the web browser of your choice.
  • System Restore Point. Ad-Aware 2007's conveniently located system restore point means you never have to worry about accidentally deleting a file during cleanup.

Ad-Aware 2007's beta phase is expected to last several weeks with the official commercial release of the product set for later this spring.

The final product will be released in three different versions: Ad-Aware 2007 Free (formerly known as Personal), Ad-Aware 2007 Plus, and Ad-Aware 2007 Pro. An updated version of Enterprise will be available later this year.

Those with a valid Ad-Aware SE license will be eligible for an update to our new product, completely free of charge.

Stay tuned to future issues of Lavasoft News and to our company blog, updated regularly, for more information on Ad-Aware 2007 as it becomes available.

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