Earlier this week we reported on Lavasoft's new release of its popular spyware-removal utility, Ad-Aware SE, however a couple of security holes have been found in the initial release of the program, we want to make sure you get up to date. A simple web update will not work, instead you need to download the updated revision of the program version 1.03.

PC World uncovered the hole when testing Ad-Aware SE Plus v1.02 using a collection of spyware that includes hijackers, miscreant code that redirects the user's Internet start and search pages to a host of unsavory sites. Instead of identifying the hijackers, Ad-Watch was strangely silent and failed to report the changes being made to a spyware-critical section of the System Registry.