Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15590 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,223,870
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Note: This is a full review of Ad-Aware Total Security 2014

Editors' Review

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Ad-Aware has faced its ups and downs over the past few years, shimmying in and out of relevancy. Though last year's version was an overall improvement over its prior incarnations, our review staff had ultimately concluded that there was still some maturing to do if Lavasoft was aiming to reclaim the throne as top security honcho.

Gone is the Vipre scanner that powered it before and Ad-Aware now comes primarily powered by Bitdefender's core security engine and with added perks and utilities.

The installation process isn't exactly short when you include the extra download time to grab the virus definitions but it's not unbearable. Like many other security programs before it, Ad-Aware does come bundled with an in-house toolbar; but before you go on snickering in disgust, it's actually a surprisingly useful utility.

The toolbar add-on is one of the least obnoxious things we've ever used among browser bundles. Granted most toolbars are a hindrance, but Ad-Aware's security toolbar actually provided some value. In fact, we'd even go so far as to recommend it if you find yourself constantly trying to remove unintended toolbar installations and BHO add-ons that mysteriously appear inside your browser. Ad-Aware's toolbar comes with three basic features: a built in search that's powered by Yahoo!, a Web profile that indicates if a page is safe to visit...and a toolbar remover.

Regardless of which browsers you have installed, the tool actually identifies all third-party toolbars installed across the three major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE). It'll not only guide you through the uninstall/removal process, but Ad-Aware's security bar takes you directly to the control panel to help you remove other remaining dependencies. In other words, it's a cleaner that actually works. Each widget is mutable a la Firefox extensions.

Ad-Aware 11 has slimmed down, visually, even more so than last year's release. The overall menu is cleaner, with thinner fonts and a drastically streamlined menu layout, providing an overall more pleasant experience that gives you a bit more room to breathe. The bottom pull-up shows only basic components and keeps unnecessary social widgets neatly tucked away. The entire overall feel is almost Webapp like.

Gone is the breadcrumb-style interface: Instead Ad-Aware 11 maintains a permanent left-side panel for quick access. All of its tools are still there, but just much more neatly organized inside their respective categories.

The AV-TEST Institute hasn't published individual reports for Ad-Aware 11 yet, but according to the most recent August Real-World Protection Test, Bitdefender scored the highest protection rate at 100 percent, with Trend Micro being the only other competitor to match. Since then, Lavasoft has also claimed even more impressive conclusions based on their own internal evaluations, but we'll have to see those benchmarks confirmed as the product becomes more widely distributed.

Full scan took about 19 minutes and 12 seconds on our test machine and Ad-Aware provides the standard trio of Quick, Full, and Custom scanning options. Boot and shut-down performance were initially impacted, clocking in at a whole 90.82 seconds for boot and 13 seconds to shut down. However, Ad-Aware 11 also takes some time to get adjusted to your system and, sure enough, boot and shut down times stabilized the second and third time around, clocking in at an average 44.75 seconds and 9.04 seconds, respectively.

Bottom Line:

Ad-Aware 11 represents a huge comeback by Lavasoft and has responded to basically all of our criticisms from last year's review. System impact, scanning efficacy, and design have all been improved across the board and pricing is set competitively. If you're still on the fence about which free security suite to install, then you might want to give this one a try.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

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    out of 36 votes

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    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 2
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    out of 15590 votes

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5 stars

"Superior in every way"

October 25, 2014  |  By Friday-isnear

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Easy and quick to get up and running, took me a bout 4 minutes to download and install on my 64 bit windows 7 OS.

Cons

I'd like Lavasoft to make an Android version of Ad Aware

Summary

Superior to the free competition in every way but mostly because it doesnt annoy you with pop ups and actually stops any virus or malware dead in it's tracks.

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4 stars

"I've tried them all, Ad Aware is the best"

October 25, 2014  |  By TheHobbiest21

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Never a bother, works the way I want it too, consistent system security, hardly notice it except for when it finds a virus, Free and stable

Cons

haven't found any

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4 stars

"Smaller in size, but touger than others"

October 25, 2014  |  By OscarMeyersTrucker

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Small installation size means a quicker setup but don't let that fool you, Ad Aware packs a hell of a lot of power in that tiny package. Great look and feel. Nothing gets through this malware forcefield.

Cons

Nothing suggests there are any

Summary

If you haven't already tried it, than don't waste any more of your time reading and download it.

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5 stars

"My PC is protected from all sides."

October 25, 2014  |  By Cranderson875

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Top of the line antivirus. The real time protection is espcially efficient if you're always online, like me. Safe browsing, download scans, emails scans....everything is checked. The controls are simple and the detection consistent. Not many false positives.

Cons

At this time, none.

Summary

The real time protection catches everything.

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5 stars

"Solid AV & spyware protection."

October 25, 2014  |  By Aldicks

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very user friendly interface. Fast scans and a toolbar that is surprisingly useful. It made my computer noticeably faster.

Cons

Nothing bad to say.

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5 stars

"Fixes problems easily."

October 25, 2014  |  By El-Jessie-rod

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very light antivirus. It doesn't slow down my system. It's easy to use and very good at removing viruses, spyware, trojans,.....you name it. It does everything an antivirus should without crippling your PC.

Cons

Haven't had any trouble so far.

Summary

A great tool to have.

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5 stars

"Ad Aware is the top antivirus"

October 24, 2014  |  By Baker4Bryan88

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I like the features. It installs quickly and seems to work fine. I also like that its not always annoying me with alerts.

Cons

Don't know of any.

Summary

Once it's on you don't notice it's there.

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4 stars

"Good free antivirus."

October 24, 2014  |  By Robertloe74

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

This is the best free program you can get. Keeps my computer safe from all angles. It scans emails, downloads, websites, external hard drives. It's easy to use and the scans run smootly.

Cons

Full scans do take longer than my old antivirus.

Summary

Operates efficiently behind the scenes.

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3 stars

"Simple, efficient and free."

October 24, 2014  |  By Sprouse2J

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

1. Straightforward interface
2. Light on sytem resources
3. Good detection rate
4. Live protection
5. Free

Cons

It lacks some advanced features. You have to pay to get them.

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5 stars

"Strong online security"

October 24, 2014  |  By SirrChadwickk

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Catches anything coming from sketchy or untrusted websites. Free for life. Filtering net for unsafe files. Realtime active protection. Alerts are clear, simple and very helpful. Never strains my computers hardware and always leaves it working quickly. Easy to forget its there.

Cons

Doesn't intrude and it's free. Only positive characteristics.

Summary

Easy to maintain and update with great tools to keep my computer's security.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.4.6792.0
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date October 22, 2014
Date Added October 22, 2014
Version 11.4.6792.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,223,870
Downloads Last Week 201,421
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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