Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16526 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,510,992
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    63,323
  • 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

    4.5

    out of 208 votes

    • 5 star 120
    • 4 star 81
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16526 votes

    • 5 star 7929
    • 4 star 4570
    • 3 star 1173
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2127
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5 stars

"Works very fast. Gives good security"

April 16, 2015  |  By Nina_Koval

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Works very fast.
No problems with other software I have.

Cons

None. Gives good security for most users.

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5 stars

"Great product, been using for years"

April 12, 2015  |  By wlangenvin

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I've used this product for years on all my devices. Proactive, timely virus definition updates, great UI, free version just as good as most paid home virus programs. Really like safe browsing and game mode features.

Cons

None for me; I use the free version and it has served me well.

Summary

It's free, fully featured and good quality. We all need antivirus, this is a no-brainer.

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5 stars

"Safe and confident"

April 12, 2015  |  By J63soch

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

The online protection has saved my bacon many times by automatically detecting and blocking sites that attempt to download without permission.

Cons

I really don't have any cons.

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5 stars

"Catches all potential viruses."

April 12, 2015  |  By jjottlley

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Overall a great piece of software with efficient real-time scanners and low impact on the system. It consistently has high detection rates compared to competition.

Cons

None whatsoever.

Summary

It did clear up the problem, so I am satisfied, glad to have it working for me.

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4 stars

"Many levels of protection."

April 12, 2015  |  By sslyke

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Free version works well
Does not slow down my PC
Easy download/install
Zero conflicts with my other software
catches most threats in real time scanning

Cons

At times some annoying popups, but that comes with free.

Summary

I really like the fact that I have two levels of protection on my machine and I think everyone else should too so please install it. In this day and age, we need all the protection we can get.

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5 stars

"Love my Free Ad-aware Antivirus!"

April 12, 2015  |  By vamay85

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Ad-aware always notifies me of any thin suspicious on my pc. I have total peace of mind that my pc is protected.

Cons

No issues since I have installed it.

Summary

I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great anti-virus!

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5 stars

"Really good at getting rid of viruses."

April 12, 2015  |  By grreny

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Free, highly capable, regularly updated, resource efficient, and unobtrusive program with a user-oriented and tasteful UI design. Simply, peace of mind and safety. Highly recommended!

Cons

I honestly cannot think of one single thing to say that it a negative about Ad-aware.

Summary

Does everything the expensive programs do, for free.

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4 stars

"Excellent safety from a free product."

April 12, 2015  |  By Thosney

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Real time file and web scanning works very well (sometimes all too well)

Cons

Had some problems with safe browsing, some web pages behaving unexpectedly. I just turned it off.

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4 stars

"It's a powerful, intelligent and very smart tool."

April 12, 2015  |  By galenfredk

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Excellent virus and spyware detection, removal and blocking. Real time protection detects everything. Safe browsing is good. Good design.

Cons

None so far

Summary

Very effective and complete in fighting all internet threats.

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5 stars

"A must have!"

April 12, 2015  |  By R89dock

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

high detection rate, fast scanning, great features, best free anti-virus.

Cons

Nothing. Get it now!

Summary

It catches virtually every virus.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.6.306.7947
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date March 10, 2015
Date Added March 10, 2015
Version 11.6.306.7947
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.96MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 389,510,992
Downloads Last Week 63,323
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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