Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15769 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,577,385
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    87,666
  • 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 216 votes

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    • 4 star 69
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 0
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    out of 15769 votes

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5 stars

"Easily the best"

November 20, 2014  |  By CalmingPatterns

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The last few months consisted of me downloading and uinstalling roughly 6 antiviruses all in the goal of seeing if a virus was behind the mayhem that overtook my computer. Everyone of them felt sluggish and slow to the punch. None detected whatever was accountable for all this. Then I installed Ad Aware and within minutes of my scan I found a very nasty Trojan virus. Ever since, i've noticed a big performance increase with a nice boost in my computer's responsiveness.

Cons

No iPad version

Summary

Suggested to any person struggling with a virus

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5 stars

"Safe PC, safe family"

November 20, 2014  |  By LaVampire1

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

- Light on RAM
- Easy to customize
- I can set the options to my liking
- Free
- Quick scans
- Best results I;ve seen
- Can't let the kids use it worry free

Cons

Ad Aware gave me no problems

Summary

I don't know how they can stay afloat

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4 stars

"Consistently protecting my computer"

November 20, 2014  |  By TitanWarrior19

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Blocks just about anything that remotely looks like a virus. Probably the most user friendly and consistently stable antivirus with a fully loaded set of features that make life a lot easier.

Cons

Installation was easy but the full scan option seemed to take a while. Doing quick scans now.

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4 stars

"Total protection for my laptop"

November 20, 2014  |  By WaterChimp

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

This program is the mother of all free antiviruses, its got eveything I need in one easy to understand and use package. I don't need my son to come over and remove whatever the infection of the week is, instead I can easily do it myself and feel much less stressed when using the net.

Cons

Nothing for this section

Summary

If something better is out there, I have yet to hear about it.

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5 stars

"Internet security has never been stronger"

November 20, 2014  |  By BigsmellyBanana

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Found out about Ad Aware through people who told me it was rated as one of the top AVs on Virus Bulletin. That can only be a good thing and as for detection, Ad Aware falls into the top percentile. Interface is squeeky clean and requires almost no intervention.

Cons

Other AVs seem to only match some needs but don't offer full protection, Ad Aware gives everything for free and quality never suffers.

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5 stars

"The only antivirus that evolves"

November 20, 2014  |  By ShakyWiFi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

In my time using Ad Aware I found it actually learned with every virus definition it downloaded and was constantly aware of all new threats 24/7. Its protection I can count on and it's very affordable.

Cons

Completely appreciated

Summary

An antivirus will always be needed, might as well get the one thats intuitive and free.

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5 stars

"thanks Lavasoft"

November 19, 2014  |  By hnrqmchd

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

thanks Lavasoft

Cons

thanks Lavasoft

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4 stars

"In a league of it's own"

November 19, 2014  |  By GreenishBluepunk

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

From antispyware to full fledged antivirus, it looks like Ad Aware has come a long way. I used to have Ad Aware installed but switched for a more complete solution back in 2007. When I gave it another shot last year, I was shocked at how much better it got and how much more protection features it gave me (at no cost at all). They beefed up the GUI and really focused on the general user behavior to make for a more practical interface.

Cons

None to be said

Summary

Ad Aware is probably the only free antivirus out there that works better than the paid ones.

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5 stars

"Its free with no strings attached"

November 19, 2014  |  By JohnWintersComing

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Easily installed and configured with constant virus shield running 24/7 even when I'm not using my computer. Ad Aware has everything I need, it's free and its always first to respond to any suspicious files.

Cons

Very constructive antivirus

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4 stars

"State of the art AV"

November 19, 2014  |  By HugeSaint

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

State of the art protection with real time detection and lots of virus definitions keeping Ad Aware - "aware" of all viruses and standing ready to find and remove them on contact.

Cons

Nothing to say for this

Summary

Modern look with the latest options.

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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 387,577,385
Downloads Last Week 87,666
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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