Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15806 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,650,729
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    76,813
  • 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

    4.6

    out of 253 votes

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    • 4 star 81
    • 3 star 8
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4 stars

"Does exactly as it claims"

November 27, 2014  |  By RubyRadiance

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad Aware has never fallen short on its promises, and has continued to offer nothing but the absolute best in free virus and malware protection.

Cons

Wouldnt have been using it this long if I did not like it

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5 stars

"Excellent safekeeping against malicious files"

November 26, 2014  |  By HaroldZer0

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Malware will not stand a chance against Ad Aware, it will eradicate all traces of it. I know because I've been using it for close to 3 years now and while some of the previous versions may have left more to desire, the last 3 have been incredibly successful and effective. Its still free but even more powerful. Download this version if you want ultimate security against malicious files.

Cons

Tried to think of some, but nothing came to mind.

Summary

Does its job without me ever realizing it.

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5 stars

"Had to download as soon as I read editor's review"

November 26, 2014  |  By DorothyandOz

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Expected it to be good, but not this good! Surprising how easy Ad Aware was to setup and use. Found 8 viruses first shot and removed them all in minutes. Did a full scan on the first run and then scheduled quick scans daily and full scans once a week. I trust this fully and recommended to all friends.

Cons

Wouldn't say it's flawless but it is damn good!

Summary

Even better than what I expected.

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4 stars

"Scans well for free"

November 26, 2014  |  By Divisionic

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Unobtrusive antivirus / antimalware
Manages my computer resources perfectly
No glitches
No annoying ads
No false positives

Cons

No reasons to dislike

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3 stars

"Just get it"

November 26, 2014  |  By LawnDoodle

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

DefiNITELY not like the other crapware out there that claims to rid your system of viruses and malware yet only end up slowing everything down and making your computer usage extremely unenjoyable. Ad Aware is the exception of the bunch and offers some rock solid security with great scanning detection and warnings for all kinds of malware. User Interface is simplified and navigation is a breeze. All features are essential and very useful, nothing compares.

Cons

nada for the moment

Summary

Lavasoft has come through for its users!

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5 stars

"Yes FINALLY!!!!!"

November 26, 2014  |  By PrepMasterGeneral

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Pro level protection for users who need it the most; the not so pro level computer users. Got Ad Aware up and running in 5 minutes flat including initial download of updates. Quick scan took 5 minutes, deep scan took 20 but you also customize the type of scan and also schedule deep scans at a time where you're not using the computer. Either way, Ad Aware never really affected my computer resources and everything kept running normally - if not quicker during and after scans and usage.

Cons

pretty much nothing

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5 stars

"Awesome protection from a free software"

November 26, 2014  |  By SithDude66

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Installs easily, scans easily, removes viruses easily and it's easily the best. Hell, if you don't like it, it can also be easily uninstalled.

Cons

none whatsoever

Summary

Quick multiple updates and virus definitions that keep everything fine tuned and up to date.

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5 stars

"Pretty happy with Ad Aware"

November 25, 2014  |  By Kromnics

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Eliminates all spyware, adware and trojans without any exceptions
- Software is totally free
- Easy to comprehend and use
- Automatic updates
- Speedy scanning

Cons

I don't see how anyone could possible dislike this.

Summary

The free version of Ad Aware offers the same level of security that the paid one does minus the cool premium features you'd get in the Pro version. I know this because i liked Ad Aware so much, I upgraded to the Pro version.

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5 stars

"Nothings faster or more useful"

November 25, 2014  |  By Chiquitair

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No added weight on my system noticed since Ad Aware was installed. Scans are very precise and only alert your to real infections or suspicious files without any false positives. Layout is also very intuitive and simple.

Cons

How come there isn't a version for Linux?

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4 stars

"My favorite one!"

November 25, 2014  |  By G0dzillapi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Finally a free antivirus program that has helped get rid of the viruses that took over my computer. It was completely riddled with viruses that made the use of my computer unbearable! I thought I was going to have to trash it until I found Ad Aware. This program has saved me time, money and a lot of stress by being completely dependable in a situation where it was faced with what seemed to be insurmountable infections.

Cons

Should be giving this 10 stars not 5

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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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,650,729
Downloads Last Week 76,813
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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