Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16132 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    388,557,163
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    73,520
  • 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 217 votes

    • 5 star 138
    • 4 star 73
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16132 votes

    • 5 star 7690
    • 4 star 4428
    • 3 star 1163
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2125
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5 stars

"No more concerns <br />No more concerns"

January 29, 2015  |  By f0urtyn9ne

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I was worried my computer was infected and adaware confirmed that for me, reported the infected files and then deleted the problems.

Cons

very fast almost unbelievable!

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5 stars

"Almost destroyed my computer"

January 29, 2015  |  By purechickendash

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

adaware spared my computer from destruction! After installing and running the scan my computer was no longer overheating.

Cons

I thought my computer was gonna melt because of the heat it was emitting

Summary

all CPU speeds back to normal

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5 stars

"Remotely fixed"

January 29, 2015  |  By skimmilkonly

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

i did not know about Adaware until my friend called to help me fix his computer. I got remote access to his computer and saw he had adaware, but didn't know how to use it. I made it work and it fixed his problems!

Cons

This was really easy for me to use but not my friend.

Summary

I'll download it myself when I get home.

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5 stars

"Not making the same mistake!"

January 29, 2015  |  By iliketoytles

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Being. Very diligent in reading reviews on what I download! I downloaded an anti virus before that was a virus itself! Adaware came and took care of it!

Cons

Be smart, read before just downloading

Summary

Valuable lesson to be learned: read about what it is you download.

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5 stars

"Smooth operator"

January 29, 2015  |  By billyoceanforpresident

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

theres bothingb better then technology that is easy to function. One click scans or scans that are automatic are awesome!

Cons

Not too much technical jargon, keeps it simple

Summary

Simple, useful and free.

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4 stars

"retraining order"

January 29, 2015  |  By exportAaccordD

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Adaware is like the restraining order I have on my crazy ex girlfriend! But for viruses! Keeps them away and not able to get to you!

Cons

Don't be fooled by pretty pictures to get you to download their viruses.

Summary

All american anti virus. Does everything.

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4 stars

"Doctor computer"

January 27, 2015  |  By exgongiveittoya

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I renamed Adaware on my desktop to "the doctor" because everytime I have an issue with my computer I turn on AdAware and it remedies the situation!

Cons

almost got myself in trouble by not having an antivirus

Summary

House calls at home!

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5 stars

"old man at work!"

January 27, 2015  |  By somewhereoverthebridge

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Adaware is pretty simple and easy to use, I downloaded it for my father of 65 years old that knows nothing about computers and he manages.

Cons

Font size for older people!

Summary

Works for him, works for me

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4 stars

"Time and time again"

January 27, 2015  |  By ihavethreelegs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I kept ending up with the same virus over and over again with my older anti virus software. Now that I have Adaware it hasn't been showing up anymore.

Cons

I still have a random toolbar I can't seem to get rid of

Summary

Good presentation good performance

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4 stars

"So clean so fresh"

January 27, 2015  |  By truefreedommeechum

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Can't believe I was able to rid myself of all those viruses with Ad-Aware, it completely came in and destroyed all the bad stuff my computer couldn't digest!

Cons

Whole package all in one app, can't go wrong

Summary

Made life a whole lot easier

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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 8, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.84MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 388,557,163
Downloads Last Week 73,520
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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