You may know about Ad-Aware, the wonderful free software that scans your system for “spyware” and “scumware” – programs, browser add-ons, cookies, and other little sneaks that might be tracking your surfing habits, sending this data to a third party, profiling your shopping preferences, hijacking your browser start page, altering important system files, or displaying popup ads. Ad-Aware finds them and removes them, simple as that.

After a long delay while they worked on the new version, Lavasoft released Ad-Aware version 6 today. There’s still a free version, plus a couple of paid alternatives. I haven’t tried the new version yet, but it’s been very stable and trustworthy in the past. Let me know what you think!