Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15645 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,322,400
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    141,565
  • 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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  • Current Version

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    out of 92 votes

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5 stars

"Ad Aware has grown on me"

October 31, 2014  |  By Kittens-Claws

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Norton really needs to learn from Ad Aware and offer free protection that works and actually blocks all malware. All these paid antiviruses just end up taxing your computer's resources and slow everything down. Immediatenly noticeable difference between my experience using Ad Aware and my experience using Norton. Considering I paid for Norton and downloaded Ad Aware for free, Norton should have out performed Ad Aware but it didn't. I ended up uninstalling Norton and just kept Ad Aware. Best decision I've made.

Cons

Download time but I have a slow connection (live in a rural area)

Summary

Don't see myself switching from Ad Aware any time soon.

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4 stars

"Computer is off limits to viruses"

October 31, 2014  |  By CruisingHonolulu

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

My wife keeps downloading viruses almost every time she uses the computer. I get pop ups, my browser takes forever to load sites and my computer runs tasks at minimal speed - the list of symptoms goes on. After a few weeks of this, I finally decided to get a free antivirus program, I opted for Ad Aware based on my cousin's recommendation ( he had the same issues as me before he download Ad Aware). The decision to get Ad Aware proved extremely effective and promising and has offered consistent protection whether I or my wife use the computer. No more viruses!

Cons

No more viruses, ad aware has prove itself very effective.

Summary

No more viruses, ad aware has prove itself very effective.

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5 stars

"It's like magic!"

October 31, 2014  |  By LouderVolume11

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Skeptical at first, but quickly started loving ad aware after it managed to destroy any traces of a virus that caused some serious havoc on my PC for months. Within minutes I removed any threats that were lurking around... never thought it was it would be that easy! Ad Aware program is uncomplicated right through setup and usage, it has a slick looking interface and top tier protection for all those nasty viruses.

Cons

Would have made this available on windows mobile

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5 stars

"Computer supported by Ad Aware"

October 31, 2014  |  By Toxicccx

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

It's like Ad Aware is my laptop's personal body guard that I have come to rely on with every passing day. My hard drive and my Windows operating system are completely on lock down and have never even seen an infection make it in. All this, and I have yet to spend a penny or scoure the internet to find out how to use Ad Aware.

Cons

No bugs, just stress free state of mind

Summary

Always my first choice

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4 stars

"What more can an antivirus give you ?"

October 31, 2014  |  By TayloredYouth

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Email protection, browser protection, file protection, privacy protection, whatever you can think of, Ad Aware can do it and has done for me. All these awesome pros and it's free ?

Cons

I really love this, can't think of anything bad.

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5 stars

"setting it up and getting it running is easy"

October 31, 2014  |  By TORaptors23

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

1 click download plus a few steps to setup and nexxt thing you know, you're downloading your first virus definitions and running a full scan on your computer. Within minutes you see a bunch of files you've never seen or heard of, being pulled up by ad aware and labeled as suspicious files. you let ad aware do its thing and remove the files. suddenly your system feels like its lighting fast and has trimmed all that unecessary fat I call malware. it's the ad aware effect.

Cons

it's free how can you complain ?

Summary

Stellar protection

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4 stars

"Computer Infections are long gone"

October 31, 2014  |  By Kandakter

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad Aware is so quiet, you sometimes have to double check to see if it's running. Unlike my experience with othewr free anti malware applications, there weren't dozens of annoying pop ups you had to close or intrusive upgrade offers locking half of the features. With Ad Aware, I noticed my computer didn't feel like it was 20 years old, it felt rejuvenated somehow, quicker to the click and less bogged down.

Cons

Complaints are relative to a users' negative experiences but with Ad Aware, there were none to speak of.

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5 stars

"Suggest to everyone looking for best free protection"

October 31, 2014  |  By BovineMcfeely

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

NO more spenidng $40 a year on anti viruses that may or may not catch viruses, I rather a free download like ad aware because I can actually depend on the security I get. All my important tax files and family pictures are on my computer making virus protection a major issue for me.

Cons

I haven't seen any free software that is at par with Ad Aware

Summary

Good looking software with easy features

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5 stars

"Great price: Free"

October 31, 2014  |  By catty-buddy

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

This is working great so far on my older IBM laptop! I'm very surprised to see how little hardware power this actually takes and how well it manages to protect in all situations. I especially like that it's free.

Cons

no bugginess or issues

Summary

Use other antiviruses at your own risk, use this one if you want something that works all the time.

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4 stars

"I rely on Ad Aware every day"

October 31, 2014  |  By LundeDodi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Who wouldn't listen to the IT guy at work when he recommend his prefered antivirus ... never thought he would pick Ad Aware free. I took his word for it and I haven't looked back. This software is excellent in almost every way. Everything from how responsive and fluid it is to how simple it is to schedule scans and automatic updates.

Cons

My only complaint is that this wasn't recommended to me sooner.

Summary

Virus scans are very good at finding even the sneakiest of malware.

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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 387,322,400
Downloads Last Week 141,565
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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