Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition

Ad-Aware Anniversary Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15574 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.5
  • Total Downloads:
    387,142,495
  • Date Added:
    May 26, 2009
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware's excellent reputation is well-justified. The Anniversary Edition continues the publisher's tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but is still not quite perfect.

Without a doubt, though, this version of Ad-Aware improves greatly on what has come before. It loads faster during your boot cycle. Scans take less time than before, too--the Quick Scan completed in less than 10 minutes. Although we did notice a major false positive crop up for another program's uninstaller, there were no other flaws in the scan. New users should notice that the app performs faster than integrated antivirus and antimalware programs, because only the paid version of Ad-Aware comes with an antivirus engine.

Some important features are disabled in the free version. While rootkit detection is present, heuristics and real-time registry protection are not. Ad-Aware Free cannot scan networked drives, and even a basic feature like the scheduler remains off-limits to nonpaying customers. The proprietary real-time defender Ad-Watch Live has been reconfigured to run more smoothly in the background, however, and long-time fans will notice the change.

Interface refinements make this the easiest-to-use Ad-Aware yet. Action button placement at the bottom of the pane might feel odd to those familiar with older versions, but the forced continuity between windows is a plus. Links to drill down to more information are easy to see, as is the Settings button. Overall, Ad-Aware continues to make improvements and seems to be unwilling to rest on its malware-removing laurels, but the free version is undeniably hamstrung.

 
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5 stars

"Works when it is suppose to as any good antivirus shoul"

October 23, 2014  |  By rlylejr

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No ads. Good deep scans.

Cons

I can't afford the pro version, but none with Ad-Aware.

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5 stars

"Very promising for a free security software!"

October 23, 2014  |  By GreenEggsBlueHam

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Everything I like in a security software: Active virus blocker, Quick scans, Easy interface, Non bothersome.

Cons

Didn't notice one

Summary

Oh, I forgot to mention another Pro : It's FREE!

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5 stars

"Love this program!!!!"

October 23, 2014  |  By BanginBanning-John

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Free, easy to understand, updates, live threat detection. Does not have any detectable impact on computer performance. I love how it scans everything that enters my computer.

Cons

Just started using it. I haven't had any problems yet.

Summary

Simple to use and operate.

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4 stars

"A good, reliable product."

October 23, 2014  |  By Lawon-Gordrence

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Runs in background. Straightforward scans. Automatically updates itself. Brief popup alerts go away automatically and there's a right balance between notifying and staying out of the way.

Cons

Download time took a little long.

Summary

I suggest this free one to all my friends.

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5 stars

"Very good for the average user."

October 23, 2014  |  By Natedoug3

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Complete security. It's always on with real-time protection and compliments with customizable scans. It scans the files you download and safe browsing warns you whenever you're on a dangerous site.

Cons

It's almost perfect.

Summary

Intercepts viruses in real time.

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5 stars

"Fixes problems easily."

October 23, 2014  |  By Jackier693

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Quickly scans. Updates frequently. Very little ads to upgrade to pro.

Cons

Nothing considering it's free.

Summary

It's doing very good.

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4 stars

"Longtime user. Always satisfied."

October 23, 2014  |  By Tweishaar3

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I've been a user for a long time. Fast scans and simple to use. It's always on but doesn't slow down my PC.

Cons

The interface is pretty bland. It should be updated.

Summary

The free version provides all the security I need.

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4 stars

"Easy to work with"

October 23, 2014  |  By pat-baked

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The interface is better then the old version. I noticed there are more scanning options. It was super easy to use, even with the new features. Updates are faster than expected, and that was a pleasant surprise. The layout of the major functions of the program are easy to understand. Even a beginner would be able to understand.

Cons

Boot up takes longer.

Summary

Provides great overall protection.

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5 stars

"Questionably one of the best ?"

October 23, 2014  |  By LocksNBolts2014

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Definitely one of the best, not questionaly! This software has saved me from dealing with dozens of close encounters and since all are family photos our digitally stored on our computer, I need to know I have the best antivirus that can protect my computer at all costs. Ad Aware has proven itself time and time again blocking any and all viruses, spyware or adware that even come close to making it inside my hard drive. Ad Aware is always on the lookout so I dont have to be and lets me focus on the more important things in life when using my computer.

Cons

Can't be mad at them or say anything negative after using such a g reat free software

Summary

Very happy to know I can finally put my trust and confidence in a free software without feeling like there's some kind of catch behind the corner.

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5 stars

"Nothing does it better than adaware"

October 23, 2014  |  By Flocking-Hens

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

> Functionality is key, adaware is very functional
> Install and configuration take a minute
> Easier than previous versions
> It's free

Cons

Like most free software, it will eventually show you an offer or two and ask you to upgrade but remember that its purely optional and protection will remain regardless

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.5
Version 8.0.5 updates the Mini Message to display non Latin characters, fixes in Lavasoft news feed and adds scanning engine statistics.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date May 26, 2009
Date Added May 26, 2009
Version 8.0.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,142,495
Downloads Last Week 201,421
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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