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Ad-Aware 2008 Beta released with redesigned interface, Vista compatibility

Spyware beware: Lavasoft has just announced a beta of its popular anti-spyware software Ad-Aware.

Ad-Aware remains one of the most popular free anti-spyware solutions out there, with over 280 million downloads worldwide. That a big, hard to visualize number, but we'll put into context for you: that's four times the downloads of any laughing baby on YouTube.

The new features of Ad-Aware 2008 include:
  • New rootkit removal system
  • Reduced use of computer memory
  • Faster updates
  • 64-bit platform support and full Vista compatibility
What's not to love?

Actually, we don't love the redesigned interface, which looks like it took some hints from the web 2.0 designers: lots of big round buttons, and text that reflects itself, as if it were sitting at the edge of a still summer pond. That was cool, like, five years ago.

If you want to take a closer look at Ad-Aware 2008, you're in luck: everyone is invited to be a beta tester.

Ad-Aware 2008 is Windows only.

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