Windows only: After fading from the spotlight a bit, spyware removal tool Ad-Aware keeps rolling out improvements like faster scans and Outlook integration. Now they've also added the long-awaited virus scanning and automatic scheduler to the free version.
It used to be that the free version of Ad-Aware was crippled in order to make you pay for a full licence, but in an age of lots of great free antivirus and anti-spyware software, it seems Ad-Aware has taken the hint and added these fairly basic features to the free version. Before, if you wanted the free version, you'd need a separate antivirus program and you'd need to start your malware scans manually — not exactly ideal. However, among all their other recent additions, Ad-Aware has put their scheduler and Sunbelt-powered Antivirus scanner in the free version, likely hoping to compete with the other popular, free security suites out there. Hit the link to check it out, and let us know what you think of all the latest improvements in the comments.
Ad-Aware is a free download for Windows, though also has Plus and Pro versions available for $US30 and $US50, respectively.