Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15812 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 259 votes

    • 5 star 168
    • 4 star 83
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 0
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    3.9

    out of 15812 votes

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5 stars

"good AV for home and family users"

November 27, 2014  |  By EvaSlayer0

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Silently functions in the background when not in use and even when scanning it works so well that its presence is hardly ever known. I can't tell you how many computer issues Ad Aware free has helped me resolve and still continues to show absolute power over malware.

Cons

Never seen it fail

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5 stars

"More protection that what was needed"

November 27, 2014  |  By WorminLola

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Built in rootkit protection, Heuristics and 0 day protection. Automatic updates, virus definitions and scans. Everything I could ever need.

Cons

A OSX version would be nice

Summary

No regrets or second thoughts. I will keep using this for a while.

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5 stars

"Doesnt slow PC down like other junk out there"

November 27, 2014  |  By Ominipresence85

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Had AVIRA which completely set my system back in computing power and virus protection. After a few weeks of frustration I was turned on to Ad Aware which I happily gave a chance given all the good things I've heard about it. Not only was it better than I originally thought, but its even easier to use and more stable than most free software of any kind. Its a very classy unobtrusive antivirus that is years ahead of the junk out there.

Cons

Ad Aware has never given me any grief

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5 stars

"Free and resilient !"

November 27, 2014  |  By SillybutCool

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No other free antivirus I've installed or read about has bested Ad Aware in malicious file recognition and deletion. Its always in the top quadrant up there with the best paid software which is ranked by independent labs and malware experts. This is why I trust it so much.

Cons

Full scans took roughly 15 minutes which I found to be a bit long

Summary

Ad Aware never gets knocked down but it always does the knocking.

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4 stars

"Ad Aware stays above the pack"

November 27, 2014  |  By MinieFlys

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Had it since XP SP2 and never had any real problems. No need to learn what the features mean or do, it's all reasonably straight forward. Very potent virus remover with great detection rates and useful automatic updates.

Cons

No advertisements - not a con

Summary

If you want to do it right, get Ad Aware

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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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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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