Lavasoft now has Vista-compatible versions of its Ad-Aware 2007 anti-spyware line. The Free, Plus and Pro versions all now work with the 32bit version of Microsoft's new OS.

You can download the new version from the PC Advisor's sister title PC World's Download centre. Or, if you already have Ad-Aware installed, fire it up and click the Update button on the start-up screen to get the new, compatible version.

I just installed the new free version onto my Vista laptop, and both the install and initial scan went smoothly. And I was happy to see that the program doesn't list tracking cookies as a spyware infection, as some programs have done in the past, but instead classifies them under a 'Privacy Objects' tab.

But in our recent tests of the XP version of Ad-Aware 2007 Plus, the program did a poor job of detecting spyware and adware.

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