Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15532 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,085,175
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • 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 40 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
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    3.9

    out of 15532 votes

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    • 4 star 4229
    • 3 star 1148
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  • 5 stars

    "Actually free"

    October 19, 2014   |   By RoboticsArmReach

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    As skeptical as I am, I ate my words after trying this antivirus on my laptop. I was blown away by the results of a full scan and how much spyware and adware was actually living in my hard drive before Ad Aware quarantined them. Deleting them was easy and figuring out how to keep my system and antivirus updated to prevent this from happening in the future took under 6 minutes.

    Cons

    I'd like the Total Security software suite Lavasoft offeres, but it's too expensive.

    Summary

    I am very happy with how little juice Ad Aware takes from my computer, making it very effecient as well. Do yourself a solid and install Ad Aware now to prevent yourself from having to deal with what I did down the line.

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  • 5 stars

    "will use this for years"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Creamandsugars

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    - good malware removal detect and remove
    - potent real time protection from malware
    - little to no memory consumption
    - firewall is fully active and reliable

    Cons

    mostly noticed benefits in this software

    Summary

    go for ad aware without a doubt. i'll use this for years to come.

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  • 4 stars

    "Evil software blocker"

    October 19, 2014   |   By WittyWhitman

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    No more worrying about these stupid pop up prompts and active x downloads from shady sites that constantly tell me my antivirus program (which I never had) was out of date and needed to be upgraded. That cost me about 1 week of my time trying to figure out how to regain control of my computer. LEt me tell you if it wasn't for Ad Aware being recommended, I probably would have microwaved this computer out of frustration. After the download, a few clicks on the install and a quick scan, Ad Aware found a myriad of evil software that was crawling in my computer's vains. After removing them all, and rebooting my computer, browsing the web and using basic programs felt so much quicker and more enjoyable than before.

    Cons

    Noticed huge system improvement after removing all the crap ad Aware found.

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  • 5 stars

    "Must have protection"

    October 19, 2014   |   By DiamondEdged18K

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Good malware detection without compromising on cost and ease of use. UI looks fluid and attractive - not that you really ever have to interact with it.

    Cons

    Quick scans are great but the full scans are best done at night when you're not waiting for it.

    Summary

    Pretty good at working on its own without taking too much out of my computer's power output.

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  • 5 stars

    "friendly look and feel"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Seargent4stars

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    functions with simplicity and ease. there are no completely unecessary features only what you need. its easy to forget it's there because it works quietly until it finds a threat.

    Cons

    would recommend they change the upgrade price to something like $15

    Summary

    good software all around

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  • 5 stars

    "Secured as soon as you install it"

    October 19, 2014   |   By WormyJenny

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    * Been using Ad Aware since 2008
    * Has kept my PC protected from catching all kinds of viruses
    * This free version is on par with Avast, AVG, Kaspersky's and Norton's paid versions
    * Doesn't slow down your PC like others

    Cons

    The larger the drive, the longer the scan will take.

    Summary

    Simply the best in its class

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  • 4 stars

    "Free, but worth buying"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Dick3ward

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Efficient, fast, low resource usage, pin point scanning to go along with real-time protection. I've used ad-aware for years and this is the best combination of anti-spyware/antivirus.This program covers all my PC security.

    Cons

    The full version should cost less.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best AV available at the moment."

    October 19, 2014   |   By antharg70

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Easy to use,
    always online,
    blocks everything,
    Low CPU usage,
    Game mode,
    FREE!!

    Cons

    Almost perfect.

    Summary

    The best all-round free antivirus available on the market.

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  • 5 stars

    "Serious virus protection."

    October 19, 2014   |   By Chuck-g62

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    The IT guy at work told me to get this and he was right. It's simple simple to use and the real time protection catches everything on the spot. I even setup the parental controls for my kids. Now I have nothing to worry about.

    Cons

    Not much to dislike.

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  • 5 stars

    "Really good antivirus!"

    October 19, 2014   |   By Lorenz6con

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Automatic updates. Full virus protection. Able to set exceptions. Best of all. It's free!

    Cons

    Nada!!!!!!

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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 16, 2014
    Date Added October 16, 2014
    Version 11.4.6792.0
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Anti-Spyware
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.67MB
    File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 387,085,175
    Downloads Last Week 201,421
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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