It is not a substitute for an antivirus program but a means of ridding your system of unwanted visitors.
The blub might help:
"Ad-aware is THE award winning, multi-trackware detection and removal utility (designed for Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / NT40 / 2000 / XP Home / XP Pro) that will comprehensively scan your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known Datamining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, Keyloggers, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.
Ad-aware will provide you with the confidence to surf the Internet knowing that your privacy will remain intact."
It is only really used if you utilse certain p2p programs to hopefully remove the annoying ads that pop whilst going about your work. Unfortunalry it does not work with the latest versions of these software programs. These programs it pertains to help you with are Kazaa (not Kazaa lite), Morpheus, Grokster etc. If you do use these make sure your AV is up to date.
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