Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15625 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,291,599
  • 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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5 stars

"Just does what it says"

October 30, 2014  |  By Rippin4Ripper

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The best proof of how well something works is by measuring the results which speak for themselves when it comes to Ad Aware. Fast scan and detection times with simple options and features make up the perfect ingredients for a killer antivirus.

Cons

No negatives to report on this one

Summary

Pretty tight antivirus!

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5 stars

"The anti-malaware is great."

October 30, 2014

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Everything seems to be running smooth afterwards.

Cons

Nothing much.

Summary

I'm going the licensed version someday.

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5 stars

"Everything is to like!"

October 28, 2014  |  By carlsoncantskate

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I paid for Mcafee used it over a year but was never really impressed with the load it put on my computer's memory, always felt like it was making my computer work on overdrive. Tried Ad Aware instead, interface is nice off the bat and I like how simple everything is. I find full scans are also more comprehensive.

Cons

No problems with this one

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4 stars

"Efficient software and works well"

October 28, 2014  |  By PeppinJokers

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Long time fan from back in the day when ad aware was just an antispyware and the've never been a disappointment. Download and setup are lighting fast and safe searches are useful. Hope Lavasoft keeps coming out with good software like this.

Cons

Just a great program

Summary

Very happy with the work Lavasoft does

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5 stars

"Clean, looks good and easy to use!"

October 28, 2014  |  By Tommy-Muser

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Not too heavy, pretty quick, easy to use, nice to look at, quick to install!

Cons

Wasn't able to find anything wrong with it

Summary

Great over all software

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5 stars

"GameMode is a great plus!"

October 28, 2014  |  By cliffclimberpro

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ran AVG in the past, but it always left a heavy imprint on my lapto, greatly hindering performance. Download Ad-AWare, installed it and run it in Game Mode. Never took it off since. I see a big difference now in my Alienware's responsiveness- much faster while gaming and using Adobe CS6 programs.

Cons

Just use Game Mode

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4 stars

"Ad Aware kicks serious A**!"

October 28, 2014  |  By sadcomedians

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Flawless real time protection with state of the art detection technology. Very nice look , easy to use to functions, runs quietly without hogging up your computer's processing power

Cons

Wish I downloaded this sooner!

Summary

I doubt I will be encountering any virus infections in the future with Ad Aware installed on my computer

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5 stars

"The editor's review is no joke!"

October 28, 2014  |  By LoopyMelon

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Browsing on CNET for a while trying to see what the best rated anti virus out there was and stumbled on Ad Aware's pretty decent rating. Don't think there is a need to repeat all the Pros the editor was talking about since they speak for themselves. I think its well worth the download and I'm happy I gave it a go.

Cons

Not a fan of browser plugins but this one seems to benefit me

Summary

I'd like to add it's excellent for beginners like me.

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5 stars

"The Superman of antiviruses"

October 28, 2014  |  By hardocoreheroes

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No better alternatives to free antiviruses than this Ad Aware. Simply all you need from an antivirus. Everything from browsing, email and virus protection. Oh yea, and it's free!

Cons

No OSX software for my macbook!

Summary

Nothing beats it out there

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4 stars

"Pretty Good overall"

October 28, 2014  |  By cheetahspotted99

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

One of the most secure and dependable anti-virus/anti-malware softwares out there (even though it's free). Im loving how well this works!

Cons

Meh, there's not much to say

Summary

Great at stopping viruses and 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 387,291,599
Downloads Last Week 141,565
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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