Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15915 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    387,859,624
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70,168
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 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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4 stars

"Great first impression"

December 18, 2014  |  By freshaim19

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

1 week so far and everything looks good. 2 viruses were found within the first day which is pretty shocking considering Windows Defender wasn't able to detect them. Removed both in seconds. Guess Ad Aware just does it better.

Cons

Low power consumption means scans take slighty longer

Summary

Nothing gets past Ad Aware

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5 stars

"fastest detection ive ever seen"

December 18, 2014  |  By Squeakkkkkkk

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Always keeps me updated on my systems health and always alerts me to possible threats promptly. Virtually runs itself.

Cons

Its too good

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5 stars

"Laptop runs better and faster now"

December 18, 2014  |  By RupturedNexus

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Had a horribly corrupted OS after accidentally clicking on a pop up ad and I thought my laptop was toast! Luckily my husband used his magic and managed to get ad aware installed and totally destroyed whatever entity took over my laptop. Everything is smooth now and laptop is quicker than ever.

Cons

Nothing noticed

Summary

Easier protection doesn't exist

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3 stars

"Happy enough with Ad Aware"

December 18, 2014  |  By Guitariststall

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad Aware is the only I've tried that isn't completely mediocre. It's a free antivirus with relatively useful tools that was quickly installed. It does a fantastic job at wiping out viruses though.

Cons

It wont download on my ipad

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5 stars

"Mostly easy going"

December 18, 2014  |  By intincrat

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Laptop took forver to start up and froze frequently when I had Avast so I uninstalled it and then installed ad aware. Quite the opposite of what I was used to. Ad Aware is easy to understand with simple navigation and options and was able to imrove my computer's start time.

Cons

nothing to add

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5 stars

"Best antivirus engine"

December 18, 2014  |  By dentonah

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

- Slick interface
- Best antivirus engine
- Premium features
- Complete protection

Cons

Ad Aware has done too well for any negative feedback

Summary

Im not naive, I dont think I will get every single feature under the sun. All I want is something that works no matter what. Ad Aware does that perfectly.

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5 stars

"Greatly improved computer security"

December 17, 2014  |  By perkytroll

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

NEw layout with the ultimate protection tools. It's got an antiroot kit tool as well as automatic downloads of updates. Best protection bar none against online hackers and identity thieves and its trusted by hundreds of millions around the world.

Cons

Stepped up the antivirus game, no issues

Summary

Best all time protection

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5 stars

"Replaced Panda with Ad Aware"

December 17, 2014  |  By rubsnexi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Keeps my computer healthy and properly tuned. Free for life, not like those one that are only free for 30 days or the ones that force upgrade notifications 24.7. It protects my computer well and offers powerful tools for security.

Cons

None so far

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4 stars

"This is the one"

December 17, 2014  |  By allisuper1989

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Performance on this was very impressive and results were concrete. Ad Aware is the clear winner in the antivirus war because it has managed to do whwat so many others have failed to do. It kept my computer protected despite an onslaught of viruses that threatened to wipe my hard drive clean. Luckily, I Ad Aware was there to help ensure my protection.

Cons

No customer service

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5 stars

"Looks great and works even better"

December 17, 2014  |  By boltedscent

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No issues with the download or installation. To make sure the installation went smoothly, I deactivated my built in windows firewall. I then reactivated after the installation completed. Ad Aware options are v ery easy to configure, for example, I can schedule scans to whatever time of day I want.

Cons

Not a problem with ad aware but I hate the cnet downloader

Summary

Ad Aware is worth trying

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.5.202.7299
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date December 18, 2014
Date Added December 18, 2014
Version 11.5.202.7299
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.84MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,859,624
Downloads Last Week 70,168
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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