Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15781 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,599,005
  • 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 228 votes

    • 5 star 147
    • 4 star 74
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 0
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    out of 15781 votes

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5 stars

"Substantial protection for free"

November 22, 2014  |  By DonBlossoms

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No slow down in browsing even though Ad Aware scans for viruses on every page. No noticeable impact on performance or computer speed. Checks downloads and email attachement for threats. Good advance configuration options for expert users.

Cons

Reboot time takes slightly longer

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5 stars

"Highest detection rates"

November 22, 2014  |  By FeistyChefs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Doesnt force toolbars and add ons down your throat. tou get exactly what you'd expect, easy to use software with customizable options and real time detection.

Cons

not a single complaint

Summary

unbeatable protection

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4 stars

"No better AV"

November 22, 2014  |  By RogueTravels

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No better AV for computer security and reliability. Barely notice it's there cause it only alerts me when a virus or something suspicious is found.

Cons

Nothing I know of

Summary

Been around since 1999 and still kickin it, seems like Ad Aware has climbed the ranks of AVs and made its way into my computer 15 years later.

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4 stars

"Light computer footprint"

November 22, 2014  |  By ComputerHopper

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very lightweight and compatible with my Windows 7 operating system. Less intrusive than other apps and better looking too.

Cons

Takes no more resources than checking the time

Summary

Best and lightest app you can get - bottom line.

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5 stars

"Freeware security at its best"

November 22, 2014  |  By MysteriousMuppets

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Superior malware identification, real time protection and a GUI easy enough for any level of user to understand

Cons

will always prefer ad aware

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4 stars

"Never misses anything"

November 22, 2014  |  By TheC0llective9

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

amazing detection capabilities
scanning speed is also amazing
database updates and automatic updates make life easier

Cons

No relevant cons

Summary

finding free software this easy is just not possible

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5 stars

"Get results with Ad Aware"

November 21, 2014  |  By GrayMantis77

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Offline updates supported. Much quicker than other antivurs programs. useful, powerful and fit for a fight with any virus.

Cons

Its free and works properly so none

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5 stars

"Hard to trust an antivirus as much as Ad Aware"

November 21, 2014  |  By LovinguTheresa

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Fast
- Virtually unoticeable memory usage
- No constant monitoring required
- catches 99.9 % of viruses
- Rapid notifications only alerting you to real threats

Cons

Slows down system start up by about 15 seconds

Summary

No other free antivirus program will ever gain as much of my trust as Ad Aware has

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5 stars

"Security is a priority for Lavasoft"

November 21, 2014  |  By SurprisingYeti

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I figured since all of Lavasoft's software is based around computer and identity security and privacy, that Ad Aware would make my security it's priority. I wasn't wrong, Ad Aware is a relentless little, light and free program that will set it sights on a virus and remove all traces of it. Lavasoft has proven itself effective time and again with Ad Aware and I don't see how that can change.

Cons

Only encountered one false positive so not bad!

Summary

My security is my priority and Lavasoft takes that seriously.

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4 stars

"Protection is instant"

November 21, 2014  |  By BloodyaKnight

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

From the moment the installation was completed and the full scan finished, I saw a huge change in my computer's speed and even my browser was working better. I especially like the scheduled scans and simple interface.

Cons

Good software, Got no reason to doubt it

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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 387,599,005
Downloads Last Week 87,666
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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