Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16256 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    388,837,398
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    64,140
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines Bitdefender's advanced scanning technology with antispyware to provide you with top-of-the-line antivirus protection without system slowdowns.

Pros

Employs a trusted engine: Ad-Aware version 11 uses Bitdefender's highly rated antivirus engine alongside its trusted antispyware platform. If you already have a trusted antivirus app installed, Ad-Aware can be added as a second layer of security.

Light on memory: Ad-Aware goes easy on your system resources -- you can perform an active virus scan while surfing the Web.

Dependable detection: Ad-Aware's false-positive results are low, according to independent testers AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.

Remains out of sight: The antivirus suite stays mostly out of your way during daily use, with minor notifications here and there to alert you of suspicious activity. Game mode temporarily turns of all notifications so you can play without interruption.

Cons

Lower real-world performance: AV-Comparatives' preliminary tests found that Lavasoft's protection rate has recently slipped in ranking. Due to its nonproprietary detection engine, Ad-Aware is always a little behind on the latest exploits.

Requires additional activation: Ad-Aware will work for the first 30 days but then requires activation via email. It's an extra step and the minor cost for using a free product.

Bottom Line

With a slim interface built on top of a powerful scanner, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ provides robust protection with minimal system impact. The extra activation step is annoying, but for such great free protection, it is a small price to pay. While the suite can leave your system vulnerable to first-day exploits, they are rare, and Ad-Aware is more than capable to protect you in daily usage.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 341 votes

    • 5 star 222
    • 4 star 108
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16256 votes

    • 5 star 7774
    • 4 star 4463
    • 3 star 1167
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2126
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4 stars

"Perfect for everyday use"

February 28, 2015  |  By J81mccullough

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I've been using Ad-aware on all my computers for years. It was recommended to me by the tech guy at work. It's free and works flawlessly. My kids love game mode and I don't have to worry about what they do online.

Cons

The one downside is that it is not quite as quick as some other products out there.

Summary

It's Easy to use and you dont worry about using your computer because it's protected.

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5 stars

"Lightweight but very effective"

February 28, 2015  |  By Cliffmo69

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Its really light on my system, and works in the background as advertised.

Cons

Absolutely no problems with the program.

Summary

Simple interface that gets the job done.

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5 stars

"It is really great software and very useful too."

February 28, 2015  |  By Big-J-Monahan

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

This program is clean and simple to use. I loved that within a few minutes it had found tons of stuff that Avast and AVG had missed.

Cons

I don't have any issues with this one.

Summary

Works great and is simple to use.

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4 stars

"Working efficiently and effectively."

February 28, 2015  |  By R96C

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

The interface and the fact that once you install it you forget it's there because the live protection detects all the viruses. I have it installed since yesterday and I love it.

Cons

Initial scan took a little while but after that it ran smoothly

Summary

I really like what I have seen of it so far.

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5 stars

"Its smooth as butter and stings like a bee."

February 27, 2015  |  By Huntingmic56

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I loved its simple and intuitive user interface. It also did not slow my computer down while scanning which was a big plus. Detected 3 viruses and trojans which the previous anti virus (Norton) had missed. And it is free of charge.

Cons

Well not much

Summary

Great user interface and virus detection.

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5 stars

"Very easy to use software."

February 27, 2015  |  By elizadunh

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Really very easy to use such antivirus software and its like one click and sit back in your chair. I never used like this software in my life.

Cons

I'm enjoying it sofar.

Summary

Really easy to use antivirus.

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5 stars

"The best in my opinion."

February 27, 2015  |  By Robinl783

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I really liked how easy it was to use the product. It was smooth and worked nicely with what I already have on my computer. It's also quite fast.

Cons

I've never had any problems.

Summary

Exactly what I was looking for. It finds everything.

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4 stars

"Actually catches viruses."

February 27, 2015  |  By MeresaTunford

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I like the fact that I can be online and if I do a search, it will tell me which websites are not safe, and not to mention the fact that It's the free version.

Cons

The download time was a bit long.

Summary

Keeps my computer virus free.

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5 stars

"Very pleased. Easy and useful with good detection."

February 27, 2015  |  By Mcjoanna3254

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Clean and easy to use. Automatic updates keep my computer safe at all times. Doesn't conflict with other programs that I run, like my old antivirus did.

Cons

For me it really does not have any flaws.

Summary

The best internet security software I've tried.

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5 stars

"Doing a great job."

February 27, 2015  |  By Chris-d79

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Easy to set up, updates on it's own. Doesn't slow down my computer.

Cons

I can't really think of any of hand.

Summary

Works seamlessly on my PC.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.5.202.7299
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date December 18, 2014
Date Added December 18, 2014
Version 11.5.202.7299
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.83MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 388,837,398
Downloads Last Week 64,140
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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