Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16628 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,808,113
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    44,730
  • 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 310 votes

    • 5 star 174
    • 4 star 124
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16628 votes

    • 5 star 7983
    • 4 star 4613
    • 3 star 1177
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2128
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5 stars

"I have never stopped using Ad Aware"

May 28, 2015  |  By Crickieeey

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

4 years and counting since the time I installed Ad Aware Free. I have never once stopped using it, although I have tested it alongside other security programs to test it's feasability.

Cons

Can't figure out how to get the email protection working

Summary

Ad Aware is still the one I trust the most with my files and my security.

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4 stars

"No fuss or hassles"

May 28, 2015  |  By Sakirplutr

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Installed it, tested it and uninstalled it to check out all aspects of Ad Aware. No issues with any of these actions but I do find the UI to be a bit out of date. Aside from that, detection is very steady and very quick. Scans take about the same time as other antivirus programs do so nothing much different in that aspect. The plus side is that ad aware is completely free and that it is very frequently updated so I constantly feel protected from even the latest viruses.

Cons

Scans take about the same time as other antivirus programs

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4 stars

"Finally ! A security suite that works !"

May 28, 2015  |  By Nozyfoculm

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Compatible with both my operating systems (both windows 7 and windows 8) , It's mad quick and is one of the best at identifying external threats.

Cons

Takes an extra 15 seconds for my machine to boot up

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5 stars

"The pinnacle of antivirus detection"

May 28, 2015  |  By Dat-elf

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Works wonders and really is a great free program that gives me one of the least complicated feature sets and the most effective antivirus security I have seen till now.

Cons

No iOS version

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5 stars

"Spyware/Virus Killer"

May 28, 2015  |  By Kittyxpre

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Prevents any kind of malicious content from taking advantage of you loopholes within your software or computer. Nothing makes it through without going through Ad Aware's web shield first!

Cons

Conflicted with another antivirus I had installed previously. Decided to keep ad aware and remove the other one cause ad aware proved to offer the better value.

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4 stars

"Effectively identifies threats"

May 25, 2015  |  By Fleybelv

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Easy software that effectively identifies malicious threats with absolutely no fuss.

Cons

Pro version too expensive

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5 stars

"Very dependable antivirus"

May 25, 2015  |  By Bartants

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

2 rare combinations in antimalware software: Rare and Free. Go figure it actually works exactly the way its advertised.

Cons

None noted thus far

Summary

Have installed it and tried it since week 1. I have also helped friends and family use it in the past.

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5 stars

"Easy install and download"

May 25, 2015  |  By HulkDasWasabi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Agressively and quickly seeks out viruses and spyware in all corners of my computer. Oh and it's free.

Cons

Full Scans can be lenghty on larger hard drives

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5 stars

"Job done in a few seconds"

May 25, 2015  |  By Helligence

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Nice quick scans with all the good features you'd want in antivirus

Cons

None that I have notices

Summary

Good weapon to have in the fight against viruses.

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5 stars

"Nothing to lose, it's free!"

May 25, 2015  |  By AnnFreexs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Does the job at removing malware on almost all windows operating systems and cleans up all the junk.

Cons

Can be a little too discreet

Summary

Haven't found a better solution to keeping my computer safe.

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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/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.96MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 389,808,113
Downloads Last Week 44,730
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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